Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Pictures

 Christmas Eve - Tres Reyes

 Christmas Eve in the MTC

Singing at a Nursing Home

Friday, December 20, 2013

A few more pictures.
 Dinner at the MTC

This one is me and the other Elders.
From left to right: 
Elder Nyland, Elder Friese, Me, Elder Marshall, and Elder Dean.

We took this from our room one night. 
Yes, this is our nightly view. 
This is the greatest place ever. 
Best MTC on Earth!!!!

Week 4

 Singing in the Park
Proselyting in the Park

Crazy week!!  Tons of studying and the Spanish is starting to get better!  During our proselyting we only have a couple hours but we talked to people the whole time.  It was Me, Elder Nyland, and Elder Dean.  We placed 4 Book of Mormons, 2 in English and 2 in Spanish.  We placed the two English to a guy from Nigeria and a girl from Texas and her friend from Virginia.  The man from Nigeria was way cool and President Sitterud got a picture of him sitting on a park bench reading it a couple hours later so that was awesome.  He was super excited to "learn more about Jesus along with his bible" but his biggest question was why didn't Jesus visit Nigeria.  We didn't really know what to say there but none the less he was reading so the seed was planted.  The girl from Texas promised to look up the missionaries in her area back home so we´ll never know on that one.  We placed a Spanish BOM to a man who has lived in Pavones 20 years (Pavones is our metro stop which is by the temple and CCM) and he said he's seen the temple and always seen the missionaries with their books but he has never once talked to missionaries.  He was very open and wanted to know more and said he would stop by the stake center sometime.  Even though we will never know the fruits of the seeds planted, in a fireside a couple weeks ago Elder Bennett of the 70 promised that "not one of our efforts will be wasted" so we will hold onto that promise. 

Great day in the park. We also talked to a couple from Romania on the metro and they wanted to come hear us sing on the temple steps because the wife LOVED how the temple looked on the pass along card we gave her. They said they would like to talk and so Sunday we had a Romanian Book of Mormon for them but they never showed up. It was sad thinking how we had something that could change their lives forever but they missed it.  It's okay, the Lord will take care of them. 

Monday we sang at a Christmas concert for investigators at the stake center with the missionaries from the 5 zones in Madrid City.  Way cool experience. It was powerful and the spirit was undoubtedly there.  I prayed for the investigators there to feel the importance and power of the message of our Savior and His gospel and I do not have one ounce of doubt the prayer was answered with how the concert went.  Great week.  

I was sick yesterday but it was just a one day thing.  I was good to go to class last night and go to the temple this morning. The happiness I feel out here, especially when proslyting cannot be described. I love this work so much and it is the greatest decision I have ever made. This church is true without a doubt!!! 

Spanish is coming along well and the gift of tounges is real.

Yo se que este iglesia es verdad. Yo se que José Smith es un moderna profeta y tenemos moderna profetas en la tierra ahoy. Yo se que El Libro de Mormon es la palabra de dios y verdadero. Yo se que JesuCristo es hijo de dios y él vive! Yo se que La igelsia de jesucristo de los santos de los últimos días es la iglesia de dios en la tierra.
(translation)I know this church is true. I know Joseph Smith was a modern prophet and we have modern prophets on the earth today. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and it is true.  I know Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he lives!  I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church of God on the earth.
I love this work and I cannot wait to be in the field in two weeks!!!  I love you all and thank you for the emails. I love hearing about home and knowing everyone is doing so well!!! Love you all.
"El reino de dios o nada!!!"
-John Taylor
(the kingdom of god or nothing)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 3

The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days, it's weird, haha but its halfway over!!  I will be in the field soon!!  I'm glad he got those pictures to you and I love proselyting in the park.  Did he send you one of us talking to an angry looking man?  'Cause that man told us we were of the devil and was telling us to go to hell, but the crazy thing was I wasn't scared one bit in fact I loved him and I wanted him to feel the importance of our message and for him to know I believe in Christ and I just looked him in the eye and bore my testimony of the Savior.  He said some words that shouldn't be repeated to me but I just brushed it off and it reminded me of the scripture in Moroni 8 verse 16 "Behold I speak with boldness, having authority from God, and I fear not what man can do, for perfect love casteth out all fear".  That was probably the best experience this week.  

We didn't get to watch the devotional since it was like 3 a.m. here while it was on but I'm glad it was so great!!!!  I have been trying to read Jesus the Christ but here in the MTC its kinda hard.  I've only got time to read the scriptures and Preach my Gospel to prepare for our investigators.  We teach our teachers who act as investigators and one went really well and the other not so good.  We committed one to baptism so that was a cool experience to practice that!  I love hearing your testimony and hearing it brings so much joy to know how I truly was born of "goodly parents" I loved the melting pot for the 2 weeks it lasted!!!  

The Russians and French people are gone so there are only 15 of us 'Spaniards' left so were getting really close and it's so much fun!!!  None of us really speak the language too well but that's okay.  It's coming along!!!  Other than the experience at the park and investigators we've mostly just studied and studied and studied and.. studied, but it's a lot of fun.  I love it here!!!!  This place is incredible!!!  The night before the French and Russians left the 4 other Spaniard Elders and I broke into the French's room while the Russians were in there and had a massive pillow fight but then after we all sang called to serve together and it was powerful!!  Then Elder Dean (the other district leader) and I bore our testimonies and it was just an amazing experience.  We have been called to not only serve but represent our King and I love wearing the tag and being his representative.  I can't even begin to describe the happiness it brings.  Tell everyone I love them!!!  and I pray for you daily.  Every single one of you. 

Spiritual thought for the week!!  Read 1 Nephi chapter 1 very carefully and verse by verse you can find all the principles of the message of the restoration (the first lesson in Preach my Gospel)  Basically the coolest thing ever.  This gospel is true and the Lord's hand is in all of it.  There are no coincidences in how things are set up and Predicad mi Evangelio is inspired.  This work will go forward with or without us and my limited language skills will not stop the work.  The Lord has everything taken care of, so go read 1 Nephi 1!!  It's pretty cool.
((hugs and kisses)) love you mom,
Elder Anderson
I hope this makes sense and is good 'cause were kinda limited on time but just know I love you and things are great if that was really confusing. haha. I just type and hope it turns our okay. haha. love you.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 2 - Second Edition

Dear Family,
Where to begin!?  Sorry it's been so long and I can't reply to all the emails but thank you so much for all the support and for the emails.  Well first off the spirit here is amazing.  It´s like my favorite place on Earth. 
There are 34 elders and sisters here it's like one big family!!  It's crazy though cause there are missionaries from Tahiti, France, Canada and Switzerland who only speak French. Some from Ukraine, Romania, and Russia who only speak Russian. A random kid from Germany who's going to Colorado spanish speaking, and then the North Americans going to Spain and Russia, and the Italians show up in two weeks. It's like the coolest thing ever!!!  My comp. is Elder Nyland from Pleasant Grove Utah.  He is way cool!!  We get along really well.  We´re the two youngest elders here but he´s a great kid.  We room with Elder Dean from Lehi,  Elder Marshall from Blackfoot and Elder Friese from Germany.  We get along super well and have so much fun together.  We call ourselves the United Nations haha. It;s way fun but we´ve also had some amazing experiences with each other. 

 I am in the Distrito de Nefi.  The Nephi District and I am serving as the district leader.  I've loved having the experience to lead and serve them and help them out with whatever they need. I had a chance to give a sister in my district a blessing of comfort . Last night Elder Nyland needed a blessing because he has been getting sick and I was guided by the spirit and through the priesthood was able to heal him.  It was an incredible experience! The studying has been going well and the spanish is coming along.  I can bear my testimony and pray so that's exciting.  We get to teach our teachers who act as progressive investigators and we have to teach in spanish so that's been fun!  

Every week we get to go downtown to proselyte in a park and I was with Elder Walker, a russian speaking elder, from Orem Utah and although we didn't seem to have much success we had a way cool experience.  We had a prompting to talk to a family walking by and it was no coincidence that they were from London, spoke english and the dad was from Russia and his brother is an LDS bishop. We may never see anything come of talking to them in this life but the Lords hand was in that. The Lord has a way in all of this and I am so excited to get into the field!!  Kinda funny though the first people I contacted spoke english haha.  Reminded me of The Best Two Years.  I also had a chance to bear my testimony in spanish to a couple and offer them a Book of Mormon.   They didn't take it but it was an amazing experience for me. It was a simple testimony but I felt the spirit like none other!!!  We also got yelled at.  It was scary but not too scary 'cause it was some language neither of us spoke.  I think it was spanish.  So it was a solid first day of proselyting but Sunday after singing on the temple steps a couple of elders and I got to go speak to a German couple who spoke spanish and i gave them a Book of Mormon!!!  I was so pumped and I was so happy that night.  I wish I could just be fluent and get out there I'm so excited!!!!  

The temple here is beautiful and the temple grounds are amazing.  We love taking pictures out our window at night of the temple during sunset haha.  The temple inside is made of all marble and, oh my gosh, its my new favorite.  The MTC, temple, and stake center are all right here and in our building the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors are the MTC.  The 4th floor is for studying so we call it the Telestial Kingdom. The 5th is our rooms so the Terrestial Kingdom and the 6th floor is the kitchen so we call it the Celestial Kingdom.  The food is amazing and they serve a lot of meats, soup, and breads.  It's amazing!!!  The deserts are weird but way good. They feed us constantly and I love it haha.  None of the cooks speak english and our teachers don't really either so it's kinda hard but it makes learning the language easier if that makes any sense. 

I've been getting up in the morning well. I know its crazy! haha but it's just long days of studying and teaching.  The devotionals have been way good!!  Elder Bennett of the Seventy spoke to us last night and I love the spirit here.  The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days but I love it here.  The weather is great it says it's cold but it feels amazing.  I will let you know if I have any debit card problems. I haven't had to use it yet but since you checked I should be good to go!!  Thanks for asking about the socks mom!!  I got them though:) and I thank you for the prayers, thoughts and the emails Mom and Dad. Tell everyone I love them and tell everyone from the ward hello!!  Oh and tell Sophie good job on the scripture!!  

I love you all!!!  but I want to leave you with a thought of the week:  No matter what language you speak. No matter how hard it is to communicate with someone, we are all children of our Heavenly Father and we all speak one similar langauge, Smiling and Laughter.  As Children of God we all have a desire to be happy and we can all strive to make each other smile. And that is why I am out here.  Because the gospel brings more joy than anything else. To be able to look at an Elder from Tahiti give a thumbs up and smile or sing a hymn with an Elder from Russia and feel the spirit together or just laugh and have a good time goofing around with an Elder from France at night.  Despite the language barrier we can all be happy if we come together and recognize we are all children of God, and brothers and sisters in Christ. The church is true and I love my Savior. I love this work. I Love you all!!!
Elder Jarrett Anderson

Friday, December 6, 2013

Week 2

They didn't give us p-day last week and they switched it this week to Friday!  I will be emailing you a little later because we are gonna go do some things today and we have limited time to email so I will tell you about everything later!!!  I love you guys so much and the CCM MTC whatever you want to call has been amazing!!!!  I can't wait to tell you all about it!!  Thanks for all the letters and all the support.  Tell everyone I miss them, but I'm not getting too homesick.  So that's good!  Love you all.  I´ll be writing a little later.

Con Amor (With Love),

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First Letter from Spain

Hey mom we arrived in Madrid at about 9 a.m. Tuesday morning (Madrid time) so its probably super late back home. The flight was great but super long. I got no sleep at all so I got plenty of study time. The MTC is fantastic and the temple is BEAUTIFUL!!! Spain is incredible already and I´ve only been on the complex for about an hour or so. I am so excited to begin the work and I am ready to go. I love you Mom!!! I´m going to need Dad´s email address so I can email him. But I´m safe so you can sleep well. P day is Thursday's so we start the morning off with a temple session and I can let you know how things are going then when I actually have some things to talk about. I love you!! The church is true. The Savior lives.

Also, my debit card didn´t work in the airport here. The guy from the mtc said I should be fine but we may need to check on that? I have 0 euros haha and 9 dollars. sooo I'm in trouble.. maybe. We´ll get it figured out. I will let you know what else happens. Love you!! The spirit in the MTC is incredible. I am LOVING it here. Hope all is well at home. I´ll be praying for you all:)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Saying Goodbye...November 25, 2012

Saying goodbye to Dad

 Someone's going to miss her big brother

A final wave!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Farewell Talk

Hey everyone! this is Jarrett. Since some of you have requested to see my talk from yesterday here it is in the written version. I'm so grateful to have been The Lord's instrument and was able to teach by the spirit yesterday. I hope and pray that I can continue to teach by the spirit in the mission field.

True to the Lord
In the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he not only stated something that was pertinent to the saints in Ephesus, but something that is extremely applicable to us in the latter days. In Ephesians 4:11-15 it says:  11 And he agave some, bapostles; and some, cprophets; and some,devangelists; and some, epastors and fteachers;
 12 For the aperfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the bedifying of the body of Christ:
 13 Till we all come in the aunity of the faith, and of thebknowledge of the Son of God, unto a cperfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 14 That we henceforth be no more achildren, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of bdoctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 15 But speaking the atruth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the bheadeven Christ
Brothers and Sisters what does it mean to “be no more as children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE”? In these the latter days, we see more and more the polarization of the world’s standards and our standards, we are becoming further and further and more separated from the world, and we truly are a ‘peculiar people’.

The question I now pose to all of you is this, Are we true to the WORLD, or are we true to THE LORD? We learn in Matthew 6:24 that “No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve god and mammon.” So, who are we true to? What little worldly things in our lives are we holding onto and refusing to let go? Whether it be out of habit or we just enjoy that part of our lives? In 1 Nephi 2:4 it says: And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and adepartedinto the wilderness.
So he left behind him:
           1.     House
           2.     Land of his inheritance
           3.     Gold
           4.     Silver
           5.     “Precious Things”
      And took with him:
           2. Provisions and Tents (so the necessities)
           3. Nothing
Nothing else, left it all behind because the lord commanded it. Are we willing to give up whatever to follow and keep the lords commandments?

Each of us has “precious things” we are refusing to let go. I know I do. It can be a number of things, but we all have them. What are the “precious things” in our lives that are stopping us from being completely true to the lord? Now I know for me and the other missionaries going out to serve the lord, we have to leave behind our precious things for 18 months-2 years. Whether that be scholarships, an education, college athletics, dating, or social lives, a number of very good things. But we will be blessed for leaving it all behind us. And we will survive without those things. And I promise as you leave behind you the “precious things” in your life, The Lord will bless you for it, and you will survive without them.

How can we be True to The Lord? May I offer six suggestions on how we can align ourselves with God, and be true to him.

I-Attend the Temple Regularly and Stay Worthy of a Recommend
Brothers and sisters, we need to always keep the temple in our sights. If we can always keep the perspective of being worthy to enter his house and have that thought continually in the back of our minds when will we falter? That answer is, we wont. Elder Holland said, “When people sin they usually look back and say what was I thinking? Well whatever they were thinking they sure weren’t thinking of Christ.” So keep the thought of being worthy to enter The Lord’s house in your minds, always. Youth, go do baptisms as much as you can! We are so blessed to have a temple within a half an hour from us, and many more within an hour. So youth, stay worthy of a recommend, and not only that but use it. And it will be one of the greatest blessings of your teenage years. On days when my friends and I would do baptisms before school, those were the greatest days I could have asked for. I was able to have the spirit with me throughout the whole day, despite all the things that go on in high school. I felt on top of the world, and like nothing could bring me down. And that is the power of temple attendance. So youth, use your recommend. For those of you who are endowed, stay worthy to go and keep your covenants. We have had the opportunity to make sacred covenants. So don’t take them lightly. Attend the temple often to remind yourself of the covenants you have entered into. Everyone should strive for the temple. There is no better place on earth. So get there, and make time for the House of God.

II-Take Your Personal Worthiness Interviews Seriously
They are an opportunity to check in with the lord through his authorized servants. The can be used as a tool to align ourselves and keep ourselves in check with the gospel standards. We are all to be held accountable for our actions in this mortal life. These interviews, whether it be tithing settlement, temple recommend interviews, 6 month interviews for the youth, these are in essence preparation for the final judgment. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin in General Conference in April of 1997 said, “Worthiness interviews are conducted in a spirit of loving concern for each son and daughter of a loving god. These interviews represent the rehearsal stage for final judgment.” The savior’s church teaches us to keep commitments and return and report on them seriously, as if The Lord Himself was interviewing you.

III-Keep Your Covenants with Exactness
We are a covenant people. Not only in the sense of children of the Abrahamic Covenant. But in the sense of we are a covenant making, and a covenant-keeping people. We enter into covenants with The Lord at Baptism, Confirmation, and ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood, when we receive our Endowment, and when we are sealed and enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. We are blessed to have the fullness of the gospel in our day and have the opportunity to enter into these covenants. The key to staying true to the lord is keeping out covenants with exactness. The lord understands we will make mistakes but asks us to, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” So our job is to strive for that. By keeping our covenants without deviating. If we are doing this we are being 100% true to the lord.

IV-Immediate Obedience
In one of my institute classes we discussed the principle of immediate obedience. My teacher told us the story of when President Hinckley told girls to only have one pair of modest earrings, he was sitting next to a girl who had multiple piercings in her ears, and as soon as the prophet said that, AS SOON as she heard that she immediately took her second set of earrings out. Do we have the willingness to immediately do what the lord asks us to do? Do we have the willingness to be corrected? Our teacher then asked us this, “I know its drastic and will never happen, but if the prophet told us that shoelaces are evil, would we immediately get down and take them out?” And I thought about that and thought yes something as simple as that I would do. But brothers and sisters, why do we not do everything he asks us to do now, with immediate obedience? We need to have the willingness to be corrected, be open to change, trust they see from a different perspective and speak for God, and be humble enough to accept, and even seek correction. Much like the example of leaving behind our precious things earlier, we need to have the faith of Lehi, and that young woman with the piercings to immediately follow what the prophets teach and what the lord commands.

V-Daily Personal Worship
A couple of years back, the first Bishop Knudsen counseled to us to remember our ‘Daily Personal Worship’ to make sure we were having daily spiritual experiences with The Lord. And doing the simple things daily. He also challenged us to put a reminder somewhere that said ‘Daily Personal Worship.’ As a young man I took this to heart and decided to put it as the banner on the background of my phone. Now I had never been good at reading and praying daily, I had always struggled with it. But as soon as I looked at that reminder and remembered to do the simple things and I started to develop a habit. And it made a huge difference in my life. And do you know what that difference was? I was happy. I had peace and joy in my life. There was a change in my attitude, my demeanor, and my actions. It really did make a difference. The study of the gospel of Christ will bring peace and joy into our lives. If you are struggling with something, the scriptures WILL have the answers. And going to The Lord in prayer and listening to the spirit will help. The Lord will answer the prayers of those doing the work on their part, and their part is simple. It is seeking guidance from his scriptures. By learning and studying the doctrines in the scriptures we will have an increased desire to live the commandments of God, because to build our faith, it requires action. Simple Action. And if we have a desire to learn, and do the simple things, our faith will grow and we will have the strength to be true to God.

VI-Heed the Words of the Prophets
In the general conference of 1856 President Brigham Young commanded the rescue of the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies and the Hunt and Hodgett Wagon Companies, which was a large and grand task. On the flip side of this in the book of 2 Kings we read the story of Naaman, who was commanded by the Prophet Elisha to wash in the River Jordan 7 times to cleans his leprosy. In verse 13 of 2 Kings chapter 5 we read, “If the prophet had bid thee to do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then when he saith to thee, wash, and be clean” The living prophets are not asking us to do some grand thing in a physical sense, like go rescue people out on the plains, but we are being asked in our modern day ways to wash in the River Jordan. The tasks we are asked to do may be simple but they will lead to grand things in the end. These men speak for God, they are his mouthpiece in these latter days and as Elder Cook of the twelve said, “It is our solemn responsibility to follow our prophet” the prophets will never lead us astray. As the world us trying to “Toss us to and fro, and carry us about with every wind of doctrine” we can have confidence in our living prophets and apostles, because the doctrines of the gospel WILL NEVER CHANGE. Practices may change but the Doctrines never will. They are eternal unchanging truths and the prophets will never stray from Gods eternal doctrines. They will always keep us on the path. Because President Monson is not only the prophet for the church, he is the prophet for the world. And he speaks for the Savior. They are not ‘old fashioned’ or ‘out of date’ with their teachings. Their teachings are the most important teachings if any on earth. Their teachings supersede any law made by man or any rule made by the world because they teach the Law of God. President Monson speaks for the savior. He truly is the living prophet.

If we can do these things, we will be true to The Lord. And being true to The Lord=Eternal Perspective. And having an eternal perspective helps us live his gospel. They go hand in hand so give your all to him. If we could see what The Lord has planned, and what he has in store for us we would never stray. And as we continue to strive to keep our covenants, obey his prophets, and live his gospel we will see more and more of what he has in store for us. And that will strengthen our ability to be true to him. So give up the world, give up your “precious things”, let go of the carnal man, and come unto Christ. Be true to him.

Now I want to speak to the youth for a moment. You young women are amazing and tend to have more of a willingness to be true to The Lord. So keep it up. And if you have strayed, come unto Christ and he will heal you. I testify of that, his atonement will heal you. Now young men of the Aaronic priesthood, because I love you and because I care about you, and because I see the amazing potential you have to become an incredible modern day Army of Helaman I say this to you, REPENT. Be clean and be ready to serve missions. Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance. If you need to clear things up, clear them up. If you need to go see the bishop go see the bishop. He loves you and he will help you through it. Seek your parents help, they love you unconditionally and will always be there for you. They understand you will make mistakes and they will help you through whatever you are going through so seek their help. Shake off the chains by which ye are bound, and become men. Men of honor, men of truth, and men of god. Live up to your spiritual potential and become what I see you becoming. The Gospel is under attack and you are the hope of Israel. We will win but we need your help. You were all born to become incredible missionaries, now become what you were born to become. Now parents, you are raising up a generation that has so much potential, continue to raise them in the gospel and live your covenant. And young men, in my call to repentance I did it because I love you and see the potential you have. I am so grateful to have served you in the leadership capacities I was able to serve you in and you were all amazing examples to me. Now continue to be examples and strengthen each other. Be a quorum. Be unified. Love each other. Become the men you are starting to become. Now complete that journey and be ye therefore clean and ready to serve.

   Be ready to serve because there are two reasons I am going on my mission
            1.     I am going out to gather Israel and bring the House of Israel to Christ.
            2.     I am going out to strengthen those who have made covenants, and help those who haven’t made covenants yet make them.
That is why I am going. And that is why you need to be ready to serve. Be ready to bring people to Christ by teaching by the spirit. Be worthy of the spirit and learn to listen and heed to his promptings. And to the rest of you, the best way you can support the missionaries, yes you can financially support us, and pray for us, and write us. Yes, please do that. But the best way you can support us, as President Allred so beautiful taught this morning at general priesthood meeting, and I’m grateful he addressed it because the spirit has also been telling me to address it, but the best way you can support us is by listening to the prophets and become member missionaries. Spread the gospel here at home and bring our neighbors to Christ. The hastening of the work is not just the influx in the number of missionaries. It is the members and the missionaries working together. So work with the full time missionaries here in Stansbury.

Now a lot of people in their farewell talks usually thank a bunch of people, but I feel like the only person who truly deserves my thanks over the pulpit is my mother. I’m so grateful that I was able to grow up in your home and I’m so grateful for all that you’ve done for me. I love you. And thank you. You’re amazing.

Brothers and Sisters I know that this church is true. I know that this gospel is The Lords work. I know that the Book of Mormon was translated by a prophet of God, and it is the book that will bring you closer to Christ than any other book on earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know that we have living prophets on the earth today. And I know that they do receive revelation and they do speak for God. I know that as I go out and serve the people of Spain, that as long as I can teach by the spirit, and remember why I’m out there that I can bring people to Christ. And I know that this gospel can bring them happiness that’s why I’m going. I want people to be as happy as I am with the gospel I have been blessed with in my life. I know that this church is true. I know it with all of my heart. There is no doubt in my mind that it is true. And I know our savior lives, that he atoned for our sins, and that we can repent. Anything we are struggling with I know that the savior knows what we are going through and that he can help us. I know he lives, without a doubt. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our master, Amen.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Journey Begins...
                                                     Mission call arrives July 10, 2013

Where am I going?

"You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of
  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
   You are assigned to labor in the Spain Madrid Mission.
You should report to the Spain Missionary Training Center
on Wednesday, November 27, 2013."