Ciao di nuovo tutti!
This week flewwwwww by so quick, and quite honestly nothing really is new. The only new thing would have to be the new missionary that we got in our district since Anziano Mayberry left, and his name is Anziano Cortes. Cortes is one of the most driven missionaries I have ever seen. He had to give up a lot to come out here it sounds like, and you can truly tell by the amount of people he talks to, the way he talks about the Lord, and the way that he conducts himself in the field, that he truly has a desire to serve the Lord with all he has. He has no shame, he has no fear, and he will be a great addition to the district. Also, our two investigators with the baptism dates are still progressing but they do need prayers! Whenever you are about to experience something really good in life, like baptism, there is always a great deal of opposition beforehand, and I can see very clearly the oppostion against them.
Cultural bit: I bought my first Italian suit today, and if you don’t know, Italian suits are focused on slimming, and if you know me you know that I need realllllly slim clothing. I’m freaking small. The clothes in America are usually quite big on me and even flow out the sides a bit like sails. The clothes here, however, are perfect. Absolutely perfect. Thus, I broke down and bought a suit. Sue me.
Spiritual bit: Everything Christ did, was, and accepted, was for us. His very nature: born of an earthly Mother and a Heavenly Father, allowed for the possibility to complete the atonement. Only a Son of God could have completed the rigor of the suffering in the atonement, and only a mortal could’ve taken upon themselves the fallen state of man and be subject enough to sin to pay for it. Every moment of His life was to be an example for us to live, and miracles to strengthen our faith. Every action was out of kindness to others. Even on the cross, He did not focus on the nails in His hands and feet and His imminent death, but said, “Forgive [these people] Father, for they know not what they do.” Would you have the love and charity to forgive your executioners in the very act of committance and even plead to God for their salvation?
If there is one thing we can learn from Christ, it’s that we need to love others. This life is hard. Every person out there is going through, has gone through, or will go through something that will personally challenge them beyond their current level of capability. This life is a test, so these trials are guaranteed. Everyone has them, and if you think they don’t, then they are hiding it very well. I for myself have had many difficulties in my life from stress and depression, to difficulty with sin, but I want you all to know that it is possible to make it through. We can’t do it on our own though, and we need help from others, family, friends, leaders, and Christ. We are each in incredible positions to help each other out. So, reach out to a friend, make someone smile today! Give a compliment. Ask if you can help others. Be there for them, and open up to them. I promise that as you do this, you will feel God’s love for them, and you will be able to help them! We aren’t around the people we are around for no reason! Christ will always be the greatest example of this, and I am grateful every single day for His sacrifice for me and for everyone else. Have hope guys, because if we could see the future God had in store for us we would never fear for a single thing ever again.