Monday, May 15, 2017

Extreme Home Makeover

Dear family and friends,

All the days blend together here! Except for Sundays and Mondays.  The work continues, and we're still trying to get some momentum and movement here in Moserratt!

We had our Mission Leadership Conference this past Tuesday, mainly just focusing in on key indicators; their purpose, how to use them, etc., as well as an actual analysis of the indicators of each zone.  We left feeling motivated to change some things in the zone, and have a plan that includes a huge whiteboard and lots of phone calls. :)

Okay, definitely the most important thing that happened this week: it was a calm Thursday morning, weekly planning as usual and a calm breeze flowing through the open window.  All of the sudden, my companion´s phone rings: Hermana Rios.  She likes making room checks for cleanliness and such.  Anyway, we weren't worried at all because our room was clean!  Or so we thought....okay it was pretty clean though.  The problem was the many desks and furniture we have in there for other missionaries, when areas get closed and stuff.  What followed was a remodel from Hermana Rios and a 20 item list of new things to buy (new beds, dresser, new brooms, new trash can, new curtains, etc.)  Some words she said were, "There will be no PDay for you Elders!" meaning that we'll be cleaning, reorganizing, and shopping all day!  So that's what awaits us after I finish writing haha!

Here's a neat thing I was learning this week, about "Earnest" in the Bible Dictionary.  It says that earnest means "A pledge or security. The word thus translated is a commercial term denoting the deposit paid by a buyer on entering into an agreement for the purchase of anything. As used by Paul (2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14) it means that the Lord gives us His Holy Spirit in this life as a foretaste of the joy of eternal life. The Spirit is also the Lord’s surety that He will fulfill His promise to give eternal life to the faithful." In other words, the Lord is the buyer.  When we are baptized and show our willingness and desire to follow Jesus Christ and enter into a covenant with Him and Heavenly Father, they agree to "purchase us," or give us eternal life.  Obviously, the promise is conditional upon our future obedience to the covenant we've made, but to show that He's "purchased" us, he "makes a downpayment" of sorts and gives us the Holy Ghost up front! Sorry for the many quotation marks used in this paragraph, but I think it's such a neat analogy used by Paul! Missionaries help people enter into that agreement that Heavenly Father has established, and thus help them receive 1) eternal life in the future, and 2) the Holy Ghost to help them get there, a sign from God of the agreement.  

Mmm...that's it.  Love you lots, have a wonderful week!!

Elder Hart

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