October 17, 2016 {Week 70}: A few of my thoughts

So I’ve learned that the mission has really tempered me… you have to be patient and calm when people STILL make fun of your Spanish, when people call you fat even when you are losing wet, when people make fun of the awful haircut some women gave you…. Half the comments people make, if they said them in English in my house I would have the strong desire to slap and tell them to get the heck OUT…. but you just have to sit, take it with smile, and then through it out the window and forget.  I’ve realized that forgiving has A LOT to do with forgetting. So now I am a lot more patient and quiet con such things… it’s a good habit. haha

Okay so we had a run in with a really mean mean nasty man this week. He chewed us out about being Christians, basically blasphemed against God and Christ saying all sorts of terrible things about them.  He got so worked up that he stood and was shouting in Spanish.  Not to mention that he then, in not very nice terms, told us to put our message
away….  So in response we just shared brief testimonies and closed the lesson.  Got me into studying the antiChrists in the Book of Mormon and the testimonies of the priests and believers against them. Alma 1, Alma 11 y 12, and Alma 30….  Really all things testify of Christ and of the Father, but the teachings of Satan are agradable o sea, nice looking(??) to the natural man and people often succumb… It was a sad lesson and experience when all is said and done.  Good things there is repentance for those that want to listen.

I did an intercambio este semana en Pompeya!  It was nice to have a quick visit back and to see Hno German!  He is doing really good! 🙂 and the sisters are enjoying the beauty of Pompeya. Pompeya really is a wonderful place and they are having lots of success and seeing lots of baptisms and progress. The sisters are DEFINITELY being blessed too, especially for the hard work other sisters did before them so they could have a good group of recent converts to teach.

Anyway, then yesterday I went off on another big old rant about faith without works is dead, taking up His cross, and leaving it all for the Lord.  I don’t know if I have a lot of time to elaborate but I do want to leave all with the scirptures I was looking at this morning.

Alma 12: 10,11, 34
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
34 Therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest.

James 2 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/james/2.20?lang=eng

We have to take up our cross because He took up His.  The Lord took upon Himself all OUR sins, so the least we can do is take His name upon us, and that requires  sacrifice.

Take up the cross–
Matthew 16:24–26
25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me,let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
26 And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.
27 Break not my commandments for to save your lives; for whosoever will save his life in this world, shall lose it in the world to come.
28 And whosoever will lose his life in this world, for my sake, shall find it in the world to come.
29 Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls; for what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Take His name upon you, mentioned in the sacrament prayers found in
Moroni 4 and 5
3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

It is a conscience decision however–
3 Nephi 13:24
24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

Joshua 24:15
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Alma 30:8
8 For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.

But ademas we have to be willing to leave EVERYTHING FOR THE LORD– and most are not willng to do it.  But if we do it we will become the true disciples of Christ.  Faith requires action so we must ACT and leave it all behind for the Lord, The Lord Himself as taught such.

Mark 10
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

So if we leave it ALL for Him then there will be persecutions but in the end we will receive more than we did in the beginning like Job.  I wish we could all practice a little more trust in the Lord and a lot more faith…

Ether 12:11
11 Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given. But in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled.

The more excellent way is THROUGH CHRIST. It is to leave it ALL BEHIND and make the better decision.  If we don’t take up the cross and ACT in faith it is all in vain.  Our faith is in vain if we don’t do what we should(Alma taught that too I think….I don’t have to time to find it. But it’s in the Book of Mormon and I’m pretty sure in the Bible too!). The Lord prepared a more excellent way before us and why should we not walk it? And what is holding us back from taking up our cross and followng Him? I invite you all to really ponder that profound question and decide what you can do better to let it go.

Hna E Butikofer

medetizar– 3 Nephi 16:30  20 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.

A few pictures from a few weeks ago.

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