Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week 89: "The revelation I had received was that repentance isn´t a one time thing."

I am so sorry I was not able to write last week. But these last two weeks have been absolutely amazing! Two weekends ago President, my companion, and I went up to the department of Salto for their stake conference! The car ride up there could have been the best part. While driving president shared with us some doctrine about the Plan of Salvation and especially about the resurrección. It was incredible! The spirit was so strong! It was also a really great experience to be able to go back to the area to where I started my mission and see all of those people. The next weekend we went up to the department of Tacurembo to another stake conference. Before the conference I had the opportunity to do divisions with one of the Elders and we visited with the kids that had been baptized a little while ago and now the parents are investigating the church. We went to their house and shared the plan of salvation. They truly felt the spirit and accepted a baptismal date for the month of June and came to church the following day. After the stake conference in Tacurembo we went up to Rivera in order to meet with the zone of Rivera. What we are doing as a mission now is we are doing firesides all over Uruguay. I cannot wait! It is going to be so powerful! In the fireside we will be watching inspiring messages, listening to recent converts about their conversion, and we will be able to listen to the Stake President and also President Smith. It is only going to be an hour or so. This is going to have such a great impact on the Uruguayan culture. Here in Uruguay they do not have firesides so this will be a great way in order to invite their friends in order to get to know the missionaries and have a spiritual experience! It is going to be a great way in order to involve the members in the work of salvation and find new people to teach! After the meeting with Rivera I had the opportunity to do divisions with the zone leaders in Rivera in my old area. We went visited quite a few people! We visited two less actives and we visited the family Torres and I had the opportunity to baptize, Daniel and Valentina! They went to the temple two weeks ago and are going to the temple again in order to do baptisms in a few weeks and I am hoping on having the opportunity to go with them! And these past two weeks in the field have been incredible! We have been working super hard with José and Lojan! They have had a few set backs because of both smoking and economical issues but they´re pushing through it! They will be baptized the 21st of June. We also have a daughter of a less active named Josefina, she is such a smart girl. Today for P day we went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead with some converts from our ward. It was a really great experience! I love the temple so much! I would love to work in one when I get home. This week I studied a lot about repentance! The revelation I had received was that repentance isn´t a one time thing. You don´t break the chains of sin and then you are okay. Repentance is a lifetime process. The sons of Mosiah and Alma the younger are perfect examples of that. Even though they had repented of their sins it wasn´t the end of the process, they had to endure to the end in order to receive a true forgiveness. I know that repentance is real and we can repent only through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Have a great week! 

Elder Arbon

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