Monday, March 3, 2014

Just Do It!

Hello family and friends. 
The transfer is coming to an end and everything seems to be winding down. Converts are moving, missionaries finishing up their missions, new missionaries finishing up their last few days of training, it's the feeling of fall.... However in a mission sense. 

Last week was hectic with mundane things of the mission. We helped Angela pack up her house to go home to Bucaramanga (Bogot√° North Mission). Elder Cha went home to Argentina. I had to evaluate Elder Estrada's training. All of our investigators got baptized or told us not come back. So here in the last week we have found ourselves at basically ground zero. 
It's interesting to me how ground zero can feel so refreshing. Some missionaries would say there is no one!!!! And start to freak out and have a panic attack, that was me like 5 months ago. I have learned a lot here in Ipiales. 
Above all things trust in God. 
If we need to start over, it's because their are bigger and better things waiting. 

We had zone conference in Pasto on Thursday. Super awesome we talked about lots of things, how to teach and have faith more than anything.
Ipiales Zone

Elder Lyle & Elder Walker receiving their birthday cookies from Sister Prince

It's been raining here everyday, super cold, lots of muddy puddles.

Saturday I was super done. The signal is horrible where we live I was trying to talk to my district and set up appointments but no one could hear me and all 8 of our appointments fell through. 
I was so DONE. 
I was walking back to the house when a huge semi flew by in front of me and hit a mud puddle sending a wave that just about crushed me with water and mud. Yeah, that was the topper of the day. That's when I realized I just needed to realize how funny the situation was as I stood there in the pouring rain with my umbrella brown and dripping wet from the semi. Ha-ha-ha, oh how some things can change your day in a way you could have never imagined. 

So here is are the questions that I always ask my investigators:
What is faith?
Do you know?
Are you sure?
How do you know you are sure?
Who told you that's faith?

How many of you started to doubt in the original response you had to the first question?
Maybe you had faith in your answer all the way to the end or maybe not. I guess it depends on your stubbornness. 
However the Bible dictionary describes faith as:
"A principle of action and of power, and by it one can command the elements and/or heal the sick, or influence any number of circumstances when the occasion warrants. (Jacob 4:47) Even more important, by faith one obtains remission of sins and eventually can stand in the presence of God."

Awesome, huh?
I love that it says faith is a principle of action.
Read James 2:14-26

Some of my favorite scriptures from this chapter are 19 and 26.

19. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Think on that... Or maybe this:

26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Satan believes in God and Christ, more than us honestly, his fallen angels as well believe. In fact they "believe and tremble". What is the difference between us and Satan's angels? Well we can have all the faith in the world, however, if we don't make it a "principle of action" we are no better than they are. 
DO! Brothers & Sisters
Show you Faith
ACT
A companion that we all know has a great slogan that I would like to implement to finish. 
Please Brothers & Sisters
"JUST DO IT"
Follow the Commandments
Show you Faith
and
Show you Love to your Fellow Being

You say you have faith, I say SHOW ME.
You don't have to show in public, that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is make faith a principle of action. 
JUST DO IT
Love you all
Challenge:
THE LOST SHEEP
Visit one less active member of the church or family. If you don't know who ask your Bishop. Tell them they are missed. Show them your love and your faith and then write me about it. I want to receive something... Ha-ha.

Lots of Love
In the name of Jesus Christ
Amen
Elder Lyle

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