Elder Brigham Blake

Email: Brigham.Blake@myldsmail.net

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas Eve


I honestly cant believe that tomorrow is the 24th of December. I think that the difference of culture and climate has really distracted me from the Christmas spirit. Not to be pessimistic, but there is no Christmas spirit in the DR, only a very drunk spirit. This week has basically turned into a beer festival. Thankfully we find refuge in the houses of our awesome investigatores. But we still get harassed while walking. I can't really describe Moca, but if I could I would say it's nothing short of pure rowdy iniquity! Hahah this is really the best country in the world.

This week was good. It wasn't as we had hoped and it ended roughly but I think things are going to keep improving. Basically on Sunday ALL our lessons fell through and we tried to contact but no one let us in. At about 7 I told Elder Corder that this has happened in everyone of my areas, and that something always good has come out of it. Right after I said that, a man called us over and started asking about the church, we sent an appointment for last night and it turned out to be a really spiritual lesson, not with him, but his 24 year old step daughter who I had met my first week here en Moca. She invited herself to church and I think that the whole family are great potential investigatores. 

I think that the highlight of our week was visiting and confirming Berlins baptismal date for Saturday. He wasn't able to come to church for family reasons and when we told him that we would most likely have to change the date he freaked out! He wanted to call the Bishop, Zone Leaders and Mission President. Haha it was kind of funny but after some stern talking to, and calling the zone leaders he got the green light. We are all super excited. 

In terms of spirituality life is crusin! I remember Isaac writing a few months back talking about how personal revelcaion isn't a linear progression, but rather a sporadic progression. Through daily repentance and diligence in these past few months I have come to really know that God loves me and that this is His true church. This morning I was reading the story of Ammon and King Lamoni. I read this scripture and it really penetrated me, 
32 And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning.
 33 And king Lamoni said: believe all these things which thou hast spoken. Art thou sent from God?
 34 Ammon said unto him: am manand man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to knowledge of that which is just and true;
 35 And portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledgeand also power according to my faith and desires which are in God.

It hit me this morning as I applied this missionary moment to the my life. I questioned myself, by receiving the gospel who actually received more joy, Ammon or King Lamoni? As a missionary, and having helped a few people accepted the gospel, I would say that Lamoni had greater joy. It is a glorious pleasure to help other people receive the blessings of this great evangelio. I know that God really only requires our atencion and diligencia (Alma 12 vs 9) I couldn't think of anything I would rather be doing with my time right now in this moment of my life. I know that this gospel was made for us by our loving Heavenly Father. I know that he knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts. 
Gracias por las oraciones suyas, y el amor que tienen para mi y la obra misional. Espero que cada persona que lee esta carta pueda tener una feliz navidad. Paz y bendicones a todos!

Elder Blake

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