Monday, January 24, 2011
Elder Gomez email - Beto Baptism
January 24, 2011
Hola familia y amigos,
This week has been a great one. I always learn so much here. This transfer
has gone by so fast. Well, there is still one more week left, but it really
did fly by. This week we had capacitaciones, or...training, from the mission
president and his assistants. We talked a lot about teaching to people`s
needs and following the spirit. Also about using Preach My Gospel.
Something I`ve learned this week is how much the things we do right now in
our life (as young people) will affect us in the future. Every little thing
you do builds your character.
Yesterday, Beto got baptized. Beto is the father and husband of an active
family. Missionaries have been teaching him for a lot of years now, and
finally he made it to baptism. The only way that could have happened is if
the gospel was true! He had some doubts about Joseph Smith, tithing, the
golden plates...etc. So we talked a lot about Joseph Smith, and the ways he
could come to know whether or not he is a true prophet. Because if he
isn`t...what did he lose? But if he is...what can he gain? Everything! And
so it is. We have to find out for ourselves. Did the restoration of the
church of Jesus Christ actually take place or no? I can tell you in surety
that Joseph Smith was actually called of God to restore the gospel to the
earth! The Book of Mormon is concrete physical evidence to that fact. I love
some scriptures from the Book of Mormon...2 Nephi 33:10, Alma 5:45-46, Alma
26:30-31, and a lot more, but those are some of the scriptures I´ve read
Anyway, back to Beto, he finally gained a testimony of Joseph Smith through
the Book of Mormon and the spirit, and now he has a firm testimony of the
gospel. I feel so...lucky to be a part of such a special moment for their
The most important type of evidence we can gain is the spirit. Why did Laman
and Lemuel doubt after seeing an angel? You´d think that after that grand
occasion they would be faithful forever...but that´s not how it works.
Because their hearts were hardened, it didn´t matter what they saw! This
story shows that spiritual evidence is more powerful than physical evidence.
If we seek it with a SINCERE heart, with REAL intent, having FAITH, the Holy
Ghost will testify to us of the truthfulness of these things. Alma 5:45-46
says it really good.
Doctrine and Covenants 131:6-8 is one of my favorites that I´ve read lately.
The scriptures are wonderful and they hold so much truth in them! There have
been two experiences this week where some random topic got brought up in a
discussion of some sort, and I just happened to be studying that very topic
in my personal study in the morning. The most random one was last week in
church, we were talking about judgement day and the resurrection, and the
teacher of the class said she had a question. She´s always heard about there
being ONE book opened in the day of judgement with everything from our lives
written in it, but she heard about ANOTHER book also being opened but she
didn´t know what it was. I had randomly...RANDOMLY been reading that exact
thing in the morning. Ha ha. So I whipped open the Bible to Revelations
20:12 like a professional and it was cool. But it did strengthen my
testimony that we will always receive answers to our questions from the
scriptures. It happens all the time to me.
This is the last week of this transfer, so I`ll let you all know next week
Tender Mercy- When Heavenly Father makes a promise, he always keeps it!
Remember that. It says it perfectly in John 14:15 and 18.
Love you all,
ps- photos are of:
-me with Hermana Obreque (she`s kind of like my mom here. they LOVE having
the missionaries over and always will do anything for us. I`ve learned a lot
of good recipes from her)
-Beto`s family on Christmas day
Posted by ellisgomez at 11:07 AM