Monday, August 26, 2013

The Atonement Has Power

August 26, 2013
We shared a FHE lesson on Mateo 16:26. It asks the question for what will a man sell his soul? The obvious answer should be nothing but many small things happen in the life that are worth retrospect. In Momos on Pday while waiting for the pizza we would play Foosball for Q1. But the money thing jammed and kept giving us free games. A stroke of luck or a challenge of our integrity? However you see it. I had to ask am I willing to sell my soul, my integrity for Q1. NO. We should not let anything slow us down in our quest to be 100% obedient.We got 4 new Elders in Chiyax, and 1 new in Juc ha.Wednesday I talked in Zone meeting on putting off the Natural man and using the atonement to become a saint. Certain events in life always help us learn by obedience, or by experience. One lesson we can learn is the miraculous power of the Atonement. It is for both the sinner and the saint. The atonement will raise us to new levels. On Sunday I understood what it meant to repent daily and try to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than today. This will raise us to new levels. It is more than just stop bad actions, but stop the thoughts and ideas from getting there. I believe it was Packer that said our mind is like a stage and we are not responsible for the thoughts that come in but how long they stay. We must use the wonderful atonement to be better day after day. The atonement has power.We had a great lesson with our investigators, and are planning baptisms in September. They came to church and with their daughter. It was awesome. Two young women whisked her away to Sunday School. Thank you for all of your support and love. Just know that the Atonement is there to make us better. Pray to know how you can apply the atonement more in your life. I promise you will be enlightened and the spirit will be more abundant in your life.
Elder Wright
Toto Sunset August 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ups and Downs

August 19, 2013 
During the week we contacted a family who´s grandma just passed away and shared the plan of salvation. We had a noche de hogar (FHE) with a couple we are working with. Found a new contact and taught about the restoration and answered question she asked about Jose Smith.
We had a visit on one mountain and we didn´t want to go down and back up the other so we went through the jungle of corn and weeds. I don´t know how much time we saved if any, but it was much more fun.  We met those we were looking for. the son has problems with drinking, but we will try to help him out. We committed him to 24 hours.
September 15 is the Independence Day, but in Toto they have a feria (a fair) basically a month long party, from the 9th to the 30th.Saturday we had a baptismal service three were baptized, we are extremely happy for them.
At the baptism they announced the first hymn Come Follow Me and looked around for someone to play the piano. Kept looking and I walked up to the piano without any beforehand notice and whipped it out.  That is one of the only two hymns I feel comfortable and confident playing in front of people. Then they surprised us again saying the Elders will sing a special hymn. Nearer My God to Thee. Well that is the other one, so I played it as well. I am not as good as Justin but I made do.
This week we played basketball with the Naualah Zone that was fun!  
It was good to have our investigators come to church, we hope they will be baptized in September.Changes are Tuesday, I will stay in the same companionship and maybe have a trio. Only three in our Zone have changes. They are taking all the Elders out of Chiyax and putting in four new ones. Thanks for all you do.
Elder Wright 

Our Zone in Toto

Going through the corn

Don´t Count Chickens Before They Hatch‏‏

August 12, 2013
Glad Justin made it to Nueva York and is working hard. We went on visits with President this week Monday night and Tuesday morning. Our investigator didn´t come to the first visit, but we got a reference from some members. After I got a phone call from another investigator asking for our help. We went and took them to our visit scheduled at a member’s house. We had a solid lesson with the President. We had plans for several of our investigators to come to church, as it turned out none of our investigators came to church. Talk about counting chickens before they hatch. But we will hit this next week with renewed strength and do work. Of other interesting things that happened, I made sticky buns and they were delicious. I have felt a few earthquakes and even one I slept through. I love you all and am glad all is well and that you had fun at Powell.
Elder Wright
Visit from President and Sister Bautista

Sticky Buns!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Casi Cayeron Lagrimas Twice

August 5, 2013
I celebrated my 14 month (que loco) with a trip to Xela for the Leadership council. It was neat because 5 from my group are ZL. President Bautista talked about leadership.We had zone meeting. I gave a talk, sharing what I felt.The first set of tears almost came on Thursday. Our investigator told us last Saturday the last time he drank the lady told him that she was changing business spots and there would be free liquor to celebrate on Thursday and Friday the 1st and 2nd. Can you imagine a bigger temptation for an alcoholic trying to stop drinking. But He said. "I was going to go. At 3 pm I was going. But I remembered the picture of Christ you gave me and I pulled it out and remembered I want to stop. So I am here with you guys." I was grinning from ear to ear to know he didn't go. I congratulated him and told him he had won a battle in a long war.This week we received a text message reference and have a new investigator!Our Mission President called on Thursday and wants to go with us tonight Monday.My comp had his birthday and we kept eating and eating. We ate a tamale of rice and tortillas with beans for breakfast. Then a huge lunch and right after 3 tostadas with guacamole. Then two pieces of cake at another members, and at last I made Sloppy Joes for dinner and had ice-cream and Oreos for dessert. It was nuts. I hope I pass my Bday here! We also put a fecha with a wife of a member for the 17th, she and her husband will need lots of prayers. But it wasn´t all fun and games. One of our investigators had given into drinking, I was crushed. This time tears came out of sadness.We went vine swinging for Pday, just like Tarzan. We hiked for an hour but it was so worth it.
Elder Wright