I am glad you have been making a lot of visits this summer!I
Grandka is such an example for us. She is so spiritually strong! I am pretty sure God will answer every one of her sincere prayers. Hopefully everything turns out all right with Pap!
Aww, noo! Hannah fell off a horse? That must hurt so, so badly. I will pray that she gets better quickly!
I am glad Bradley will be going on a mission soon! Tell me where he gets called as soon as possible afterwards. Hopefully he will go to a Spanish-speaking mission too!
This week I pondered a lot about how I can improve my teaching skills. I read chapter 10 in Preach My Gospel, which is about specific ways to make a lesson powerful and uplifting. One section really called my attention, the section, "Escuchar" or Listen. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland teaches us that we should never think about what we want to say next, but rather listen sincerely to our investigators as they comment and answer questions. He says that listening is just as, if not more, important than actually teaching.
Sometimes in a lesson I find myself thinking, "Hmm, what is a good question to ask?" or "How can I change the direction of the lesson to fit the needs of this investigator?" when I should be paying attention and completely putting my trust in the Spirit and the impressions that I receive. Elder Holland proclaimed that there will always, always be something we can teach if we earnestly seek the Spirit and His guidance. As the scripture says, God will give us in the very hour the portion of His word that we need. Yesterday I put Elder Holland´s advice to practice. I tried even harder to understand my investigator´s points of view, my investigator´s needs. I could feel the Spirit so much stronger as I completely taught according to the Lord´s will, and not my own. He is the Teacher, and I am just his mouthpiece in my area.
This week I have been also thinking a lot about God´s plan for us, and that each one of us are literally spirit brothers and sisters. Here in El Salvador, we call each other "Hermano" o "Hermana," Brother or Sister. Isn´t that so fitting? We are all sons and daughters of God, who loves us all and wants to help us return to Him. The more I ponder on this, the more love I feel for everyone I see. Only through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can I help my brothers and sisters return to our Heavenly Father in heaven. There is no other way. I am so happy to be an instrument in my Father´s hands! I have such a wonderful responsibility and duty!
I´m sorry, I am almost out of time!
Have a wonderful week!
Te quiero también! Hasta que hablemos de nuevo! :)