"I think this is it!" My "comp" heard that about 10 times on Saturday hahaha. On Saturday we did splits with two 18 year olds in the branch from 1-9pm. It was super super great! I worked with Antonio and we really enjoyed it. It wasnt the easiest finding the ways to the houses, but we made it every time! Only truly got lost once haha. We were so lucky to have so many people home-we went straight from lesson to lesson the whole time! He got to meet some of our investigators and he really enjoyed it. He is prepping for his mission. He finished high school this december and then will go! That was definitely a cool experience. Both of them "complained" about how much they had to walk...our area is huge! It truly was a blessing that nearly every person was home. There are a lot of times when they are not home or are sleeping haha But I definitely think the Lord wanted Antonio to have a great experience while preparing for his mission!
Yesterday, Elder Pèrez and I went looking for a house of a street contact we had made that has lived in Germany, USA, and Canada! His mom is actually a member so we wanted to find them. There was a huge storm yesterday so there wasn't any power....but we found them. It was about 5:30pm and we were outside just talking to shadows hahaha. We were talking to the mom and her daughter. We were explaining why we go to church and the need for a church. Her daughter said she doesnt have a religion and she doesn't want one because it isn't neccessary. She said we can do everything we need to believe in Christ from our home and by ourselves. Her mom then went on to explain why she doesnt go to church anymore. She says that there are many people in every religion that go to church, but when they come home don't act like it. And she has had experiences where she wanted to help them, but they don't want to be helped. They think they could do it all by themselves....... Sound familiar? The daughter had just stated she could do it all by herself and didn't need help from other people to worship God.....It was so ironic. We both testified of the need for a church. Without the authority in this world, we cannot become clean of our sins. It is that simple! No matter how hard people try to be perfect, they won't be and when they commit sins, there is no way to be clean again UNLESS they repent and are baptized by someone holding the authority of God and repent and partake of the sacrament that is blessed by men who hold the power and authority of God. We cannot succeed in this life solo. We cannot become clean without the sacred ordinances that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints offers by the power and authority of God. We told them these things. We walked away laughing because we flat out told them straight to their face they were wrong. But we left with an invitation to return!
To think we can conquer this life solo is pretty prideful. Those who think that way reject our Savior and his atoning sacrifice. Only with his help can we have conquer sin and spiritual death. Thanks to his resurrection, we will all be given the gift of a perfect body after we die. We need our Savior and we need the church he established to perform the ordinances that he taught. Christ lives! I am so grateful to have this testimony. I know that without him, I would stumble and fall, stumble and fall, stumble and fall and never ever get back up! I hope everyone has a great easter!
1. The Caceres family came to church and loved it!
2. The two jovenes we did divisions with! Antonio and Jesus.
3. Got caught in a huge storm!
4. Marcelo gave his testimony during church!