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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Life really is good. We've been teaching Paulina and Mayra and it's almost hard to keep up with them, they're progressing so fast. Mayra couldn't come to church this Sunday because of a doctors appointment she had in Bogota, but Paulina did come. They both have a baptismal date for the 18th of May, and we're praying and praying and working to prepare them for that day. We appreciate any prayers said in their behalf.
Yesterday we went to Playa Blanca. That's why we're writing on Tuesday and not on Monday. It was a pretty fun activity. It wasn't as cool as the last time, because it was cold and rainy, and we couldn't start a fire to cook the meat we had brought, and in spite of the bad weather, I still managed to get sunburned. But we still had fun. Futbol and voleybol on the sand, we got some cool pictures (that I forgot to bring...sorry), and we ended up giving the meat to the lady at the restaurant there and she cooked it all for us for only $4,000 pesos. That's like $2. Then we got home at like 8:30, and basically just showered, planned and went to bed, because we were beat. I almost didn't wake up this morning. Haha. ;)
This morning I read Matthew chapter 20. It's the one that Elder Holland talked about this past conference. It's a really neat parable. I had never really looked at it that way until Elder Holland gave his talk. He talked about how the Lord has lots of laborers in His vineyard, and that some come later than others, but that we all receive the same wage, because our commitment to the gospel, and the covenants we have made are between us and the Lord. We should be happy that a person comes to the knowledge of the gospel, not envious or bitter because they spent their lives doing worldly things and then when they repented, they have the same promises and blessings that we have. It might cause others to think, then why repent now? If that's the case, we can spend our lives drinking and partying and doing all sorts of "fun" things, and then repent before we die, and everything will be okay. The scipture in Alma 34:32-34 answers that very directly. "You cannot say, when ye are brought to that aweful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at that time that you go out of this life will have power to possess your body in that eternal world." That was one of my favorite parts of Elder Holland's talk. He said basically, Don't wait! Repent now! If you're not a member yet, get baptized now! The last line of his talk was, "Don't delay, it's getting late." Poder. Anyway, this life isn't about having "fun" and then repenting all at once and expecting Heavenly Father to let us into the Celestial Kingdom. It doesn't work that way. Part of our baptismal covenant was to be a witness of Jesus Christ in every moment until the end of our days. And maybe we're not perfect, but we always have to be working our hardest and doing our best to endure to the end. Always. That's how we can gain the greatest of all the gifts of God (see D&C 14:7). There's no other way.
Don't delay, it's getting late.
Love y'all. Take care.
P.S. Happy birthday Mariah!!! I love you so much! :)
P.P.S. Elder Romero finally sent me pictures of Camila's baptism. Remember...the one that was going to get baptized, and that same week they transfered me? Anyway, I'm attaching pictures so you can see. Also, a couple months ago Elder Romero called and said that they were at the wedding of Camila and José. They got married, and in a year, they'll be getting sealed in the temple! :) How exciting. Anyway...here're the pics.