February 9, 2015 – Week 17

This week has been really good and I had a pretty good birthday. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I can’t believe I’m 20 years old now, I’m no longer a teenager! It feels pretty great. I started my reading in the Book of Mormon for the last time in English. This past week I started 3 days late but it’s okay because I’m already 1/4 of the way done. I’ll be done with Mosiah tomorrow night. I’ve been praying a lot to have some great success here in the mission and I don’t feel like much has happened in the meantime for this, but I feel like the Lord had answered my prayer and I found my answer while reading the Book of Mormon this morning.

I was pondering deeply on the subject of why we haven’t had a baptism, nevertheless bringing our investigators to church (well at least all of the ones that have progressed more than others). I never realized that my answer can be found in Jacob 5. it’s in verses 47-50. It says

“But what could have done more in my vineyard? Have slackened mine hand, that have not nourished it? Nay, have nourished it, and have digged about it, and have pruned it,and have dunged it; and have stretched forth mine handalmost all the day long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grievethme that should hew down all the trees of my vineyard, and cast them into the fire that they should be burned. Who is it that has corrupted my vineyard?

 48 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: Is it not the loftiness of thy vineyard—have not the branches thereof overcome the roots which are good? And because the branches have overcome the roots thereof, behold they grew faster than the strength of the roots, taking strength unto themselves. Behold, say, is not this the cause that the trees of thy vineyard have become corrupted?

 49 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for have done all. What could have done more for my vineyard?

 50 But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard:Spare it little longer.

I hope this makes sense to yall, and I’m sorry this is in 2 different types of fonts. I feel like I’ve done all that could possibly do here in the vineyard (in La Morita, or Terrazas ward), but as it says in verse 50 I felt that I need to spare it a little longer. Just like the servant had said. We are about to have companion changes this coming Monday and I’m here probably for another 3 months. In this time I think the Lord is trying to tell me to keep working and have faith and fruit will start to form in my vineyard (people coming to church and having baptisms and helping hundreds come to Christ.) 

Let’s continue to read here in verses 70-74. 

70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servantand the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servantsand they were few.

 71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand,and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.

 72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.

 73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be castaway; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.

 74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.

Woah… I thought when i read this. When we obey the commandments of the Lord and work with ALL OF OUR MIGHT MIND AND STRENGTH. This is the last time I’m here in this vineyard and eventually I will have more fruit and no more of the bad trees will be here and they will hewn down and cast into the fire.

The Lord does answer our prayers in many ways and in many ways that we are not looking for or expecting for. I decided to have this Book of Mormon challege like 3 weeks ago and today I found my answers to my prayers. The Lord is inspiring me to do the things that I have chosen to do. I hope this makes sense!

I love all of you and i feel like my Spanish here pretty soon is about to sky rocket and I’ll be able to speak all this jibber jabber flabber here pretty soon. I’m starting to speak faster and to hear clearly. I had a good fast yesterday too and to have 2 baptisms this week (we have 2 people that are ready) and to learn the language more perfectly.

Also things have changed in our ward. It’s at 9 am starting next Sunday. He changed the start time to 9am because it gives people an extra hour on Sunday to do thier home teaching. First of all home teaching isn’t only just on Sundays. And second, people here only have one family to teach and nothing more. If you can’t visit someone 1 time for 30 minutes one day per week, it is sad and they need to work harder in the Lord’s vineyard. But it is what it is. Yesterday was good because this family (Morales family) bought me a chocolate strawberry cake and it was freaking good! I have pictures, but they are on another elder’s camera but I’ll send them soon! We’re going to Dairy Queen to buy an ice cream cake today and it’ll be sweeeeeet!! Les Amo mucho

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