Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sorry I didn’t write last week. We had a crazy p-day full of sports and stuff and we didn’t really have time to write. But how is everyone?! I hope that everyone has been getting into the Christmas spirit and not forgetting what the real meaning behind the Christmas season.

This week has been really good. We have been working with ward lists a lot more. Our ward secretary gave us lists and we have been heading out to go find. It’s a lot easier finding people to teach when at least you have a name. We have been finding more menos activos and incomplete families to work with. LA OBRA VA BIEN EN BARRIO 5! We got an awesome reference this past week from other missionaries that had found him contacting in the street in another area. His name is Manuel. He is about 25 years old and is looking for more peace in his life. We went to his house to find him once and he wasn’t there but the second time we went, he invited us right in. We didn’t have the most organized first lesson with him because he had a lot of questions and doubts. After the lesson, we asked him to pray, and he said that he felt better after he had prayed. We testified to him that as he continues to pray and learn more, he will begin to see how the gospel brings peace of mind and surety in his life. We have a lot of faith in him that he will progress and one day have full access to the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

On Wednesday, we had a special zone conference with Elder González, from the first quorum of the 70 and also president of the South America south area. It was such an awesome conference! He started off by explaining that he was a convert of the missionaries serving in our mission. He was baptized by missionaries serving here in his home country of Uruguay. He talked about our role as missionaries and where we need to be focusing. About helping people find their own answers instead of providing solutions to problems, as this allows for a stronger conversion. He also talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon and how we need to focus on using the Book of Mormon in every lesson as that is the keystone of our religion and has all the answers. We did some practices with him and his wife and we just learned a ton overall. He is actually such a funny guy. He was cracking little jokes the whole time and the way he says things really shows his loving character for all. The Spirit was so strong during that conference and we all walked out feeling ready to face whatever we had in store. It was one of the best conferences I have ever been to. He came in to the offices on Thursday to see everything and meet all of us. We took a picture with him but I don’t have it on my camera. Sister Bingham has it so we will send that to you guys later. It was just such a cool experience being able to talk to him and ask him questions like that. It made me really want to know the Book of Mormon front and back. We have seen a big difference in our studies in the past week. 

My spiritual thought from this week comes from 2 Nephi 31. In verse 16 it says: 

"16 Y ahora bien, amados hermanos míos, por estos sé que a menos que el hombre persevere hasta el fin, siguiendo el ejemplo del Hijo del Dios viviente, no puede ser salvo." 

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"16 And now my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved."

I like this scripture a lot as I thought about it this past week. I never really understood what it meant to endure to the end as this scripture explains. I feel as if most of us just think of it as going to church on Sundays, going home/visiting teaching once a month, reading our scriptures when we find the time to read them, etc. I, up until recently, thought the same. Until it hit me. Enduring to the end is so much more than that. Yeah, those things a great. We need to do those things like going to church, reading our scriptures, doing our home teaching, etc. We should be doing those things. But what is more is who we become in the process. How are we changing on a daily basis to become more as the Savior is? Do we have a spirit of charity as the Savior did when he walked on the earth? Does our faith continue to grow?  Are we being diligent as he was and obedient to all of his commandments? With obedience comes blessings, with exact obedience comes miracles. I know that as we strive to become more like Him, as we endure to the end, this change will occur in us. It is then when we deepen our conversion. 

I know that the church is true. It has been restored to its fullness by a prophet, Joseph Smith, when as a boy he saw The Father and Son. I know that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book to ever be written and that a man will get closer to God by reading it than any other book. I know that families are eternal. God has given us a plan so that we may one day return to live with Him. I know this with all that I am. I love being a missionary and seeing the difference that the gospel makes in their lives. It is night and day. 

Well that is all the time i have for this week, I hope that you all have a great week this coming week. OH! I TURNED 9 MONTHS IN THE MISSION TODAY!! WHOOP WHOOP! Time is flying. I wish it would slow down. 

I love you all so much! You are in my prayers. Remember to keep the faith and a smile on your face! Life is awesome! 

Lets all try a little bit harder to be a little bit better. 

Con much cariño, 
Elder Staffieri

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