MISSION RULES ARE CHANGING! We used to have to make and report goals and actuals each week... we had a list of about 15 key indicators that we would call in to our leaders, to track the progress in our areas. But NOT ANYMORE, all of that is GONE! Now all we report is the church attendance and confirmaciones. Why are we doing that you might ask? Because everything is changing... We are a MINISTERING mission! :) We are here to focus on helping people on their journey to obtain REAL conversion :) We are not baptizing to baptize, that is not the purpose of work. We are here because we have a message, a life-changing message for EVERYONE!! :) If they will but take the time to hear it and let it enter their hearts and ask their Father in Heaven, they will come to know it for themselves. And we are here to help them – it’s the BEST!
Hermana Valenzuela and I have been over the roof SO happy with this cambio (change)! It makes it so that your focus is really on the people. When we look at the example of Christ, we can clearly see that he was a ministering man. He was a miracle worker, he helped people in a SPECIAL and PERSONAL way. He taught according to the needs of people he was teaching. He took time to personally minister unto the people that surrounded him. And since Jesus Christ was OUR example, it makes sense that we should try to be more like Him! :) "Come Follow ME" the Savior said. And so that is what we are trying to do here! To think about everyone personally, listen to the people, listen to The Spirit, and follow those promptings. The Spirit is the true teacher, for it is The Spirit that converts man to the doctrine :) It is The Spirit that testifies of The Father and of The Son - and we, as missionaries, are just the physical instruments used to let the Spirit teach :) We have found that, with this mindset, we have had SO much more "success". Success being, the joy we feel upon seeing other people receive the Gospel message, embark upon their own conversion and receive a personal witness of the Restored Gospel!! :) Gifts for investigators and missionaries from a loving Father in Heaven! :) WOW, I just LOVE missionary work!!!
Having a personal testimony really is it :) It is the key. We NEED to have our own personal testimony! :) And when we have that, we will never have reason to fear man :) And we will be able to have our tongues loosed in the very moment, and the words put in our mouth in the precise moment we need it! :) You guys HAVE TO READ ONE OF MY FAVORITE TALKS :) Se estas cosas por mi mismo by Craig C Christensen... Basically, it tells you everything perfectly (that I would have to spend the rest of my life trying to say)! Haha I LOVE THIS THEME of PERSONAL TESTIMONIES! That’s something we are really trying to work on, helping every person have their OWN testimony :) I have such a testimony of the importance of a personal testimony!! Ha! :)
On a fun note, we went to the border today! Hermana V and I took a bus straight over to the bridge that goes over the river separating Argentina and Paraguay! It was so very cool (and maybe a little sketchy)! Haha! But SO FUN!! - We were literally in two places at once!! :) Don’t worry - we never left the country. We just stood in the middle, overlooking the river, next to a sign that said Paraguay on one side and Argentina on the other. I loved it!! :) We are still so excited about it!
Love you all, keep on building up those personal testimonies. They are your best friend :) I Promise you that!! :)