Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Listening and Line upon Line

Many people were not home this week , but what I love about that is that you knock on a door... there is no answer, okay on to the next one... no answer. Okay, we come to question who is next... and I just love it because that is like Heavenly Father's way of saying I do not want you here  - go to this specific person. That happened this week with P____. We were driving to someone else's home we saw that P____ was home. We knocked at the door and there she was. We had the lesson on Christ's atonement and we showed the Because He Lives video. She always just pours out her feelings on the topic and bears testimony of it. She is wonderful. Prayer is so important in following the Holy Ghost.

This week I was reading a lot in How to Improve My Teaching Skills: Use the scriptures, Teaching for Understanding and Ask Questions. I learned that it is essential to explain what we are teaching simply, clearly and in a way that it is easy to be understood. As we help others understand it will have a great influence on how much they treasure what they learn and how they will go about living what we have taught, of course they do still have agency but as they feel the Holy Ghost testify of the truths they will seek to do. The scriptures are the best way to further explain the topic. They speak simply and can be understood. As we elaborate on the big and the small they come to understand it so much more.

A____ is one of the investigators we are focusing on at the moment, which is an example of this. He is progressing and coming to understand what we teach so well. We teach line upon line, here a little and there a little according to their understanding. Christ is our greatest example. As I have come to study his teachings more and the parables he used I see how important it is to speak plainly, and as we do so and expound on their needs the Holy Ghost will bear testimony in their hearts.

This week I got to meet the H_______ Family, well two families with the last name H________. It was the first time I saw them at church. They are very friendly and kind. We hope to come to be more acquainted with the members and see if they can come with us to more appointments. They are the umph needed during a lesson. With the fellowshipping workshop there was the week before conference I think more and more members are being geared up. I also got to meet the S_____ family from Venezuela, which we will have dinner with pretty soon. And I got to speak to R_______ a little, who is a recent convert. Although he was a little hesitant to speak to us he spoke back to the questions we asked.

11 more days till the Payson Temple Open house! Which means lots of planning :) We are starting to set up appointments with those in our area to go to the temple with them. Pretty exciting!

Goals for this week: Focus on Charity and Love attributes
-Pray for charity
-Pray for opportunities to serve
-Have a better spirit in serving
-Look for the good in everyone
-Uplift others when they are feeling down.

I am so grateful for the temple and for the blessing we have of being able to perform the ordinances needed to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father and to do that very work for those who have not had a chance to do so. I am thankful for the stars here. I had stopped looking up at the sky for a while when we return home. But every time I look up I am reminded of the beauty of this earth and what our Father has given us. As we look up we are able to see His glory and give thanks for the smaller things. Blessed be His name and glory be unto Him.

Daily Message"Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel. We come into our families with a sacred duty to help strengthen each other spiritually."
—Cheryl A. Esplin, "Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth"
Hermana Mena