Monday, March 7, 2011

March From Babylon into Zion

Hello family :)

This week was pretty normal.  We have 2 good families that we´re working with.  One couple is Nelson and Blanca.  We´ve been teaching them for a while, but they´ve just recently started to progress.  Whew!  The other is one that we just found last week.  They are Ramón and Marta.  He is just excellent, already progressing.  She is a bit slower to progress, but she is very nice and there is great potential there.  She studied with the Jehova´s Witnesses (does Jehova have an "h" on the end?  In spanish, it doesn´t.  I´ve forgotten haha), so she has some other beliefs that we´re working on.  But I think it will turn out well.

A lot of things are changing in the mission.  Thankfully it´s all for the better.  With the recent visit from the area president, Elder Arnold, everybody is very motivated and excited about the work, and we´ve changed a few rules to make things run more smoothly and to have more success.  The vision for this mission is a bit overwhelming sometimes.  Elder Arnold said that a goal of 2 baptisms every month for every companionship is very low compared to what this mission can really do.  There is a silent monster of potential explosive

success here that´s just waiting to be unleashed (like the Lost smoke monster hah).  I´m not quite sure what it is, but it´s waiting.  We can feel it.  We have the greatest mission president in the world here, and the greatest missionaries the Lord has ever sent.  Time to make the long-overdue march from Babylon into Zion.  These
people are ready, I´m pumped, and we´re all ready to see the work function like a well-oiled machine.  We´re going to turn this country into the promised land.  When we´re done with here, God will want to change the future city of Zion from Missouri to Asunción ;)

Being a bit more serious, I´ll continue with the Plan of Salvation.  This is a topic that is very sacred to me.  It is something that I have grown to comprehend more fully, apply in my life, and love with all my being.  It is the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why is it that almost the entire world knows the name Jesus Christ?  Why do so many people try to follow His teachings?  He lived over 2000 years ago, what in the world could He have possible done that was so important, it is remembered - and revered - even to this day?  What was so special about Jesus Christ that millions today are willing to follow, fight for, and even give their lives for a Man that they´ve never even seen or spoken to?  It was the Atonement.

Everybody knows and the majority believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior.  He suffered for our sins and died for us on the cross.  But that is about the extent of the knowledge of the majority of the world.  Though it is enough to found a faith in Him, the subject is lifetimes more profound than that.  As I stated last week, there are 2 things that keep us from returning to the presence of God: 1) physical death, and 2) spiritual death, which is sin).  Jesus Christ is the only Being in the history and future of man that could have conquered these 2 obstacles for all of us.  He is the only way back to our heavenly home and our Heavenly Father.  There is no other way.  There is no better way.  There is no happier way.

Because of time and the complexity of the subject, I have to stop for now and continue next week.  But I promise to dedicate the majority of the time to explaining this, because it is the most incredible subject I have ever found.  I hope that everybody is doing well and fighting the good fight.  Love and miss you all!

-Elder Moore

Haha....he probably was looking for this the whole email and thinks I forgot.

March 10th, send a gift!!!

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