Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 45: Area Conference

Hola a todos!! 

Yesterday we had our Area Conference!! So all of the Caribbean Islands got to watch a broadcast all the way from Salt Lake, it was AMAZING!! Elder Anderson (not the Apostle, he is the President of the Area), Sister Bonnie Oscarson, Elder Holland, and Elder Packer spoke to us. The leaders of the Church are SO inspired by our Heavenly Father and Hermana Lara and I received a lot of spiritual confirmations on how to help the people of Puerto Rico really progress! Elder Anderson talked about faith and how faith is not just to have a goal or vision in mind and to think, Wow, that would be really great if I could reach that; but faith is to ACT on the visions and goals that we have and to really have the hope that we can accomplish them! We CAN have a temple here in Puerto Rico!! We just need to act. But the most important thing about faith is to have faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. HE makes all things possible if we trust in him!! Sister Oscarson talked to the youth and how they can prepare themselves for their future families. She mentioned a lot the principle of virtue in DC 121:45. It is so important to continually be pure, virtuous and clean! Then we are able to have the Spirit with us always, and that's the most important! Elder Holland, so powerful! And oh my goodness, he gave his testimony in Spanish and it was one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard! It really doesn't matter how well you speak a language, but if you can speak with the language of the Spirit, WOW. There are no words! His talk was focused on a scripture that is now one of my favorites!! I forgot where it is but it's Stand ye in Holy Places and be not moved.. he then applied the scripture to our homes, the church, and then the temple. Loved it! Elder Packer finished with his testimony - I love his testimony! He also talked about the importance of worthiness and that we should always be worthy of a temple recommend. Temples and families!! What better themes can we talk about?? 

Guess what?? Tatiana (our investigator that is 16) accepted a baptismal date for the end of February!! YAY! We are super excited! She knows that the Church is true and everything, she's just a little bit scared to really admit it, but she is totally willing to do all she can to prepare herself for the end of February. I cannot testify enough of Alma 37:6-7 that really the small things we do can bring about great things!! Saying our prayers and studying the scriptures every day will bring about a firm testimony! 

Also, we are teaching another family! WOO! We were super worried because the wife did not seem interested but as soon as we talked about families and the plan that Heavenly Father has for them, she was like, you guys can come back next week! It was great :) Wish us luck! We also met a lady that was talking the missionary lessons about 2 years ago but something crazy happened and she lost contact but we found her and she is totally willing to continue listening! Miracles!! 

Anyway, wow I'm out of time!! The work is going well here, just trying to work more with the members! We have a lot of lessons planned with them this week so we are praying for references!! I love this work and I am so grateful that I'm sharing it here in Puerto Rico!! Have a great week!!

Hermana Holt  
 All my fingers in the air representing 10 months

 Gorgeous beach

 Sand and Surf

 Wind and waves
I love Puerto Rico

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