TEACH REPENTANCE AND BAPTIZE CONVERTS
.....That was the theme of the World Wide Missionary Training that was held this last Wednesday. Best part of the whole conference? Standing and singing "Called To Serve" with 75,000 other missionaries throughout the world. Then joining in prayer with the same 75,000 to plead that Heavenly Father would lead us to His lost children. So that we can TEACH REPENTANCE and BAPTIZE CONVERTS.
Wow. Spirit chills.
I learned something new about our ward today that impacted me - and I wanted to share it with you all.
This ward is the best that I have served in in my whole mission. The leaders in our ward are converted. They just GET it. They leave and do visits... they give references... they support us in the teaching... they have activities... they do it all.
But something that I learned this week SHOCKED me - out of the 12 members of our Ward Council, 7 of them are RESCUES or CONVERTS of the last 4 years. The Obispo Castro was inactive for almost 20 years and was rescued 3 years ago. When he was rescued, his wife and children were baptized. Hermano Moises, the 1st counselor in the bishopric, was inactive for 15 years while his family continued strong in the church. 2 years ago he reactivated and was finally sealed with his family. Hno Segundo, the most powerful Elders Quorum President that I have ever worked with was rescued with his wife (the best reference giver ever) 3 years ago. Not to mention our Ward Mission Leader and his wife (Relief Society President) who is a convert of just BARELY 2 years.
For me, this is a testimony of the importance of ACTIVATION and RETENTION. We trained our leaders this week on the principles that we learned in the World Wide Training - how Activation and retention should ALWAYS help us to teach repentance and baptize converts. The personal testimonies and experiences give them this fire to understand the principle and apply it.
EVERYTHING is a part of the work of salvation. God's plan is so perfect that is astonishes me.
This doctrine is TRUE.
Hermana Sintay :)
|Hermana Calderon and I! Pre-water balloon fight|
With a 95 degree day, water balloons are just what missionaries need.
Last Pday with the zone! We ended up pretty soaking wet :)
|Just taking in the sun. And singing hymns. Waiting for the Elders. My companion thought it was entertaining, so she took a picture|