Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016.01.18 Independencia

[click above to hear the song he's quoting]
First of all, there´s something that I didn´t tell you concerning last week in chipinque. Some newspeople thought it would be a great idea to interview some foreign missionaries to publicize monterrey and the park, so they interviewed me and the zone leaders. Well not a big deal, but the next day in our district meeting, a sister missionary from the other district in the zone got a call from a member saying "I saw Elder Garner on the news!" And I replied (as Charlie Brown would): "Good Grief!" After that many members, investigators, and a couple of people in the street told us that they had seen us on the news. hahaha! Well I hope me accent was alright, I just talked about birds nothing new. After they interviewed us we talked to them about the gospel so maybe it was worth it. But here´s the link:

News interview in progress.

Sounds like it was a cool basketball-martin-luther-college-70s-stake week (what?) This week and a half was a blast. I don´t know why, but the Holy Ghost has been working really hard in our area and we are just trying to keep up. I like to think that it´s the Lord doing the work, and not us, because that´s how it really is: It´s the Lord´s work and he gives us the opportunity to be instruments of the Holy Ghost, and The Holy Ghost can use as instruments better than I could play oboe (bad) or clarinet (much better than the oboe.) Hmmm. There were many amazing experiences that we have had, but I´ll share just one. This sunday we had a very spiritual service. The Sacrament meeting was full, a young women bore a solemn testimony right before leaving on her mission. I played piano and didn´t make any errors (I´ve been the pianist for more than 2 months now, but this time I nailed there´s a member who moved into the ward that plays piano super well and so I don´t have to play anymore, good way to end.) Our investigators were able to learn a lot about the Savior and his atonement in the gospel principles class, and M.A. recieved the Aaronic Priesthood. At the end there was a baptism of a young girl and many of her inactive family members, with whom we have been teaching, were able to feel the strength and warmth of the spirit that they needed to rekindle their testimony. It is true what the Savior says in Doctrine and Covenants, that the ordainances of the Gospel testify of the divinity of the Lord (not correctly quoted, and dont remember where the scripture is but that´s ok.)  I just feel super happy to be able to be here and help everybody love the Gospel as I do. President Eyring once said that as we help others come unto Christ, we come even closer unto Christ, and that is a special blessing that I can feel here in the mission field.

Davis and Elder H, a former companion who is headed home.
After the Temple today, we watched a worlwide missionary transmition from the missionary department, which included talks and discussions from apostles, seventies and other general authorities. It blew my socks off (Don´t worry I put them back on.)

Well sometimes I feel kind of bad because I have a lot to share but no time to do it, but I guess that  it´s a good thing that I have a journal. But I recently found a scripture that helped me find a more clear way to teach of the atonement and how we can accept it and apply it, Alma 34:15-16

15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.

We can be in the Christ´s arms of safety, if he have the faith that leads us to repentance. We can all have that faith. Even if we don´t now, a Prophet in the Book of Mormon promises us that if we have the desire to have faith, Heavenly Father will help us plant that seed and let it grow, so that we may taste of his goodness and grace (Alma 32:27,42)
Being a Missionary is awesome, I love you all.

Elder Garner

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