Monday, September 12, 2016

I The Lord Am Bound When Ye Do What I Say (Sept. 12, 2016)

Hi family! I hope you all had a grand week!

When you lose a game to a 9 year old!
This past week was interesting. To start out, we had visitors with us for about a week. The new sisters in Ayacucho had to move houses, so they came and stayed with us. And then one of the sisters had to travel to Lima, so her comp stayed with us too. 5 sisters in a teeny-tiny apartment. It was crazy. I don’t recommend it…

On Thursday, we went to help a brother move stuff he had stored in a warehouse up 4 flights of stairs. It was super fun but super tiring. We made a line winding up the stairs and we were throwing giant packs of things from one floor to another. Let’s just say that my arms were sore after that one. I love doing service!

Snippet from Pres letters: "Miracle of the week! Yesterday, we visited with one of our investigators, Denis. We have been visiting with him for a while, and before us, he had meet with the elders and had almost all the lessons. When we invited him to be baptized in the first lesson, he said yes but on April 30, 2017. We tried to put a goal for this year, but he stubbornly rejected. Yesterday when we visited, we taught the Plan of Salvation. As he learned more and more about what we need to do to gain eternal life, he stopped the lesson and said “ Me voy a bautizarme este año. Podemos fijar otra meta?” Well of course Denis! He shared with us how the plan made sense to him and how he has felt a change little by little in his behavior. He said that sometimes he doesn’t want to go to church but something inside of him tells him that he has to. He said that he would usually go out on the weeks with his friends and drink and go to clubs, but now he has no desire to do anything of the sort. We’ve really seen a change and progress in him. I know that as the people that we teach gain a stronger testimony, they will be converted to the gospel and be changed by the spirit."

Alma 37:16-17
16 But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.
 17 For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers.

This scripture made me think in D&C 82:10. I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise. He is BOUND when we are obedient to the commandments. "No power of earth or hell can take them from you." There is nothing that can separate us from the blessings when we are obedient. I like how in 16, it calls the blessings "things which are sacred." What we receive from God is sacred. Sometimes, we dont recognize all that He has given us or everything that is from Him. But as we open our eyes and pay more attention, we can receive more and be satisified with what we have.

Next scripture! Mosiah 2:41.

I hope you all have a great week and find ways to notice the tender mercies in your lives. 


Hermana Elise Joyner

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