My thoughts and feelings make more sense in Spanish but I’ll do my best to translate…
My happiness I feel to see a family get baptized this week sums up how I feel about my mission. I’m so happy. The past 18 months of being a missionary are worth it just because these incredible people have been able to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, change their lives, and take this step to make a covenant with God.
Julia, Alberto, and Catalina got baptized on Saturday. We met Julia one day just contacting in the street. The first day we went to her house we taught the restoration and she said she felt like she needed this in her life and accepted baptism right from the start. She said she would present us to her family but wasn’t sure if they would want to listen too. We went back the next night and she was there with her husband Alberto and their daughter Catalina and we taught them the Plan of Salvation and talked about eternal families. Alberto and Catalina also felt the Spirit and since that day they had the goal of getting baptized. But as one missionary told me, “…just because people are super prepared to accept the gospel doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.” It seems like every day we went to visit them there was more and more opposition and problems in their family. But the most important miracle is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His teachings and commandments and His forgiveness and atonement have changed this family and helped them overcome all of the problems that had come up. On Saturday, they were able to enter the waters of baptism and are so so so happy. I’m so happy. I love them so much and it has been such a blessing to be able to know them and see how God has helped them.
During my time as a missionary, I’ve learned how to love people and see them as children of God. The greatest way God has shown us His love is through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ, and it is only through the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can personally change our lives and be happy and help others do so as well. I’ve learned more than ever that He really is our Savior and that his atonement helps good people become better. I’m thankful for the Book of Mormon. It is the word of God and answers whatever question any person can have. I’ve seen how the Book of Mormon changes people’s lives and am thankful for how it has changed mine. I know that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and was called as a prophet to restore the true church. I know that it is only through obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ordinances in His church that we can be cleansed of sin and have the chance to return to God’s presence.
To finish, I’d like to share part of a chapter from the Book of Mormon. I think Alma sums it up pretty well (Alma 29):
8 For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.
9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me
13 Yea, and that same God did establish his church among them; yea, and that same God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people, and hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.