Monday, April 13, 2015

Don't Give Up

Dear Family and Friends:
Zone T-shirts - Delta Psi Nimajuyu
I hope you all thought of the Josh Groban song when you read the title. This week has been just another affirmation that you should never give up... ever! My comp and I had about 2 weeks straight of contacting without any success and hardly being able to teach any lessons, but despite all the difficulties, we continued working, because we knew there was something waiting just around the corner. I knew that because I already experienced it back in January with Alejandra.

So anyway we went to church yesterday and we didn't have any investigators with us. We got through all of the meetings and then at the end, a youth presented his friend Francisco to us. We talked a bit and he said he wanted to be baptized this weekend. We told him that he needs to attend church 3 consecutive times and that would give us more time to give him all the lessons. He said that was fine. He is only 17 so he has to get his parents to sign a form, but he said that his parents said that it was his decision, and that he just needed to be responsible about it. So we have our first lesson with him today at 6 after P-day ends. 

Overnight Splits with Elder Jensen
When we do the Lord's will and His work, come rain, hail, snow, or satan, He does bless us. He wants to bless us, but He also wants us to do something to deserve them. Like His divine gift of grace. We are not saved by works, we are saved by grace. However, why would God, who is perfectly just and true, give a gift that we don't deserve, or desire? How can we deserve, or say that we desire His saving grace, if we aren't willing to work for it? He wants us to receive His gift, that's why Jesus Christ gave His life; to make possible the redemption. But how much do we want it? That is why we do works, and that is why works are necessary. It's how we show our desire to be saved. They can't save us, but they make us eligible to be saved. 

What are you willing to do to be worthy of such a gift? What are you willing to sacrifice? W
hat are you willing to take upon you? I will take upon me the name of Christ, I will sacrifice my own desires and do the will of the Father, I will do everything in my power to repent and become a better person.
How about you?

I love you all! Hugs and kisses from Guatemala :)

Elder Benjamin Jackson

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