Serving The People In Monterrey Mexico and now serving the people of Yakima, Washington
Washington Yakima Mission 1006 S 16th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Monday, May 2, 2016
The importance of prayer (week 42)
We had a really great past week. Lots of new stuff I was able to learn and study. We were also able to go to the Temple which was a great trip filled with the spirit. The past week went by so fast. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was at the Temple.
Recently as part of our Daily planning at night Elder Sanchez and I have been writing down the miracles we see during the day. It has helped a lot in seeing the hand of the lord in the work. Sometime it can be a little hard to notice those little thing we are blessed with. When we do we are more grateful and the lord is more willing to bless us with greater things. One of those miracles was one we experienced on the way to a lesson with an investigator. We had wanted to bring our neighbor who is a member to the lesson but he wasn't home. So we decided to just head to the investigators house and have the lesson any way. When we got their the same member we wanted to bring was already there and we were able to have the lesson as we originally planned with the two of them. It shows how the lord works through the spirit to help his work along.
Thursday we had our district council and this time we discussed the importance of making sure the investigator knows what we are talking about. One reason this is so important is because no one if going to believe the restoration or the gospel if the don't understand it for themselves first. We can help them gain that understanding by teaching simply and asking inspired questions. We then got to do some role-plays on teaching in a way to help an investigator understand. The one thing that stuck out to me during the role-plays was that we need to ask questions so we can see if they are understanding and if they aren't we need to adjust so they can understand. Thursday I also went on exchanges with Elder Walimaa. It was great as we focused on teaching the restoration simply during OYMs. We have to give everyone the opportunity to hear the message of the restoration and we need to do that by teaching the restoration very simply to everyone we meet.
We have been able to find some really great people that are prepared to receive the gospel and we have been able to talk to even more people who are still in that preparation. I'm looking forward to the opportunities we are going to have this upcoming week to teach those people. The Lord is going to continue to bless us as we continue to diligently search for those that are prepared even though it feels like we have knocked every door in our area. We have been working to follow up with all our potentials and knocking every door that hasn't opened up to us yet.
This past week I have been looking more at the importance of prayer and more ways to look at the restoration. I like an article for the ensign that talks about the pattern of prayer. It gives examples from the scriptures on how an effective prayer should include five things. Those things are; Finding a private place, Kneeling to pray, Offering a vocal prayer, Expressing your gratitude, and Praying for others. As I try to implement those things into my prayers I have found that it makes my prayers a whole lot better and more effective. I am able to better focus my thoughts and I don't get side tracked by other thoughts. My favorite examples on the pattern of prayer is of Enos when he cries unto the lord and in Alma 34:17-28 when Amulek is teaching. Also with some more study on the restoration I have begun to notice how the church of Christ has been restored many times and we are taking part in the final restoration of the gospel. The people were given prophets and then then would reject those prophets and fall into a period of apostasy. Then Heavenly Father would again reveal his gospel through a prophets and this cycle continued and Heavenly Father sent his own son to establish the church an again restore the gospel. But we know that he too was rejected and again people fell into apostasy. We know that Heavenly Father has again called a prophet to lead and guide the church and his gospel has been restored to it's fullness. The restoration is amazing and there is so much we can learn from it. I am looking forward to another great week and an amazing month. The gospel is amazing!
We are looking forward to another great week. We have Zone Training meeting this Saturday and the Mothers day follows that Sunday. Another fun this is that Elder Sanchez and I have been asked to speak in sacrament meeting in the Branch. We get to speak on the importance of the Sabbath day. This is going to be a great month here! I hope all continues to be well back home.