Monday, October 15, 2012

Discípulos en la Familia

Wow!  What a great conference week!  We sent off the sister missionaries from Centro ward this past monday and went to clean out their house and pay the rent.  After these activities we went to Cuernavaca for our council with President Kusch and the other zone leaders.  We talked about priesthood keys and how we can build Zion in the Cuernavaca mission.  We are excited to teach the elders later today about how we can build up Zion in this part of the world as missionaries so that they can be more successful and happy in and after the mission.  Upon or return to Chilpancingo we started teaching a man that had recieved a few of the lessons from other elders.  His name is Antonio and he was so prepared by the Lord before we met him.  He lives in the Centro ward and after just a couple meetings with him, we found he was ready to be baptized that saturday.  We held the service after the first session of conference and the Spirit was so strong.  Since all the elders were there in the stake center watching conference, about 16 of us were in the service and we sang a special musical number for Antonio.  He was so happy that day and I know he will become a great leader in the church because he has made so many changes in his life to obey the commandments.  He is truly converted.  We were happy to hear that the minimum missionary age was lowered because that means that so many more young men and women will be joining the ranks in the near future.  We will certainly need more missionaries in the field with the Gospel spreading so much and with large countries that I assume will soon be opened up to proselyting soon.  I encourage all the women especially to make that decision a matter of prayer so that the Lord can let you know by the Spirit if He would have you serve in that way in your life or no.  I know that Heavenly Father always answers our prayers.  I had a fun experience at the beginning of the priesthood session.  We got to the church to watch it and learned that the satelite was not working and we were not getting the feed.  The stake president asked me to call Salt Lake to figure out what was going on.  While I was on hold, the elders in the zone offered up a prayer in one of the rooms that we would be able to fix the problem and that the feed would start going through in 5 minutes.  After the prayer, the call went through and I was able to work with a tech guy and translate to the stake leaders to fix the problem.  Within 5 minutes, the feed came back and we watched the rest of the session.  Sometimes, we are scared to pray for very specific blessings, but its only through specific prayers that we can receive the most important blessings in our life.  I felt so inspired by the talks given this weekend.  The two themes that stuck in my mind were the importance of spending time with the family doing wholesome things and being a true disciple of Christ forever.  I know that I must become a dedicated disciple of Christ during these two years so that I will never leave His side for the rest of eternity.  Love you all and wish everyone a great week.
Elder Stutz       

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