2 Nephi 22:2

2 Nephi 22:2

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

Sorry this is so late, we have been doing service all day.

Well it is official. I am leaving Gainesville. I have been here since February 12. so about 4 1/2 months. It is going to be sad to leave this area, i have come to love the members here and the people. There is also allot of hispanics so it was always easy to find people to talk to. But on the bright side i am going back to my fist companionship in over 4 months! Even better this elder just got done being trained so he does not know allot of spanish. So it will be up to me to carry the lesson and to speak with the people. So i am super excited, cause now i will be the more experienced Elder in the companionship. SO my Spanish will be able to get allot better much quicker because i will have no one to fall back on. cause i will be the fall back. Im really excited to be this exciting new part of my mission. It will have trails and hardships but i know the rewards will be awesome and far out weigh them. 

This last week has been one of our better ones. We had a good exchange this week with our District leader. Where we got the idea to start teaching the members the lessons. So we taught several members the lessons. Which ended up great! because one of the members we taught the first lesson brought 2 of his friends to church this last sunday! we were able to get a return appointment with one of them who really liked church and I think will go forward. we also found this 17 year old girl knocking doors the other day and she told us she would meet the english elders at the church for a tour of it. So we did not know what happened with her and kinda forgot. but then on saturday we were knocking doors there again and she came up to us and apologized. But told us she had read what we left with her, then her mom came out and we talked with her as well. They are both going to come to church this sunday as well. 

For one more thing, yesterday we went to a different church called "Free Chapel"  It is a super church that is around these parts. The music was really loud and it was a really cool concert to be able to go to. But really that is all that it was, a concert. The pastor did share a message out of Acts 13. I had brought in my Bible so i turned to the chapter and even before he said what verse I leaned to my company and told him "its going to be verse 44" And i was totally correct! It was really funny.

I will let ya know how everything goes in my next area. I will tell you in my next week letter!

Con Mucho Amor
Elder Lamb

Monday, June 16, 2014

June, 16, 2014

That was me at our fathers day activity we had. a member wanted to take photos and send them to yall. so we did. it was a fun party and it was the last time i got to see tulio. By the way i found out he is a really big Political figure down there with alot of power. Not exactly sure why he was here, get baptized i guess. But we got a free place to stay and cars to drive if we ever go down there.

This past week was a better one, not in the fact we had more people to teach but that i learned some very cool lessons this week. First i learned while we were on a hike at this water fall. Its not so much a hike as it is climbing Hundreds of stairs. But this is what i learned as i went. We all started at the same point at the bottom. At the top though there was this really awesome view off the mountain with the water fall and this really pretty grove.but as we climbed everyone kinda trailed off at their own speeds. Some sprinting to get to the top while others were really taking time and were seeing things along the way. And as i stopped at one point to take a picture i realized something very cool about this life. That through this life we all go at our own pace. All on the same path towards eternal life. But it is our choice how fast we go. Cause the goal is the same and so is the reward. So the best part of the journey was that view at the top so the ones who sprinted got to see it first and enjoy their hard work they put in to get there. And slowly with time the others would show up as well. So in turn got to see the view as well, but the ones who went slower shared their photos they took of all these other pretty views they saw. While those that just sprinted their did not get to see them cause they ran so fast. So in the end both efforts were Nobel and both received their reward. But who saw more? the ones who sprinted or those that took time to see all that was out there? I believe this is like life, we can choose to sprint through it and receive our the BIG reward, but in turn miss all the little wonders along the path or we can slow down and look and still go forward knowing one day we will have our reward, but not only be able to delight in the view up there but also in the small views we saw along the way. So let us go slower and enjoy all the small things God wants us to see. 

Then second, So as i kinda said last week in my letter that people would listen to us and said our message sounded true, but were not willing to take any steps to know truly. So thats were a cool lesson comes in, I have been reading in the old testament. I am at were the Israelites   Have had many problems and wars and every time they went out to battle their enemy's would fear because they knew of the wonders their God had done for them in Egypt. Then in one specific part the Philistines take the Ark of the convent and set it next to a statue of their God, end every morning the Statue was fallen before the Ark. And their people were afflicted and they knew it was because they had the Ark of God. But even after all that they still choose to believe in their own God, even though they had so many witnesses that the God of Israel was real. And it hit me like a rock, that it does not matter if they know if it is true or not, if they them selves Choose not to do anything. God has given us the freedom to choose and there is nothing we can do to stop that. Jesus never forced people to believe, but always felt sorry when they didnt. Its just like out here, we bring the message, the evidence and the spirit. So many things that should get them to change, but in the end if they dont want to there is nothing we can do or even should do cause it is there God given right not to.   

Siempre Con Amor
Elder Lamb

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 9, 2014- Move

This week was a good week. We had 24 other lessons in total this week. But still nobody wants to really learn about anything. They say we can bring a message about Jesus but they are happy with their religion. So its seems to me just a waste of time teaching all these lessons. I hope though eventually someone will want to actually learn more and act on that desire. But for now we will just keep spreading the word best we can. The feelings of the week were very confusing. Some times i felt i was teaching the best that i have in my mission and then other times i was teaching the worst i have in my mission. Its just the hard part of trying to figure out what the people need to hear. Cause i want to teach people, not principals. Cause if that's all i was here to do, that would be a waste. cause they could go to any of the 100 churches on any given street and hear principals as well. So its that balance of teaching the people the principals they need for their lives. Still trying to figure it out. Hopefully i can go to an area with a newer Spanish missionary so i can do more of the teaching and find out quicker what works and what doesn't.  And also so i can just speak more to the people. 

I also found out yesterday that Tulio (recent convert) Is going back to the Dominican Republic this next Sunday. It will be sad to see him go but it will be good for him. He has had a hard time in the states. He has a great life back there so i dont know why he was here in the first place. To get baptized i guess. So were going to help him find the church building down there and get the missionary's there over to his house cause he has a HUGE family and maybe some of them, hopefully all can get baptized! 

The transfer is coming to an end here in two weeks and i am pretty sure i will be leaving Gainesville. It will be sad to leave, but im ready for a new experience and a new place to work at. I had 3 Baptisms so far here, so no complaints. But i fell its time to go an work the field in another area.

Con Mucho Amor
Elder Lamb  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 1, 2014-36 weeks!

This week was a very awesome week for us. We had our Zone Conference and it was the last one for our Mission Prez before he goes home. So it was really emotional for him and his wife. They have been really good to us out here. and though ill only have them for 11 out of my 24 months ill miss them. But the cool part is that ill be able to go to two mission reunions! One with Prez Wolfert and on with my new mission Prez. So there is a bonus. But this week our goal was to try to focus on less actives and get referrals from them. But the Lord had different plans for us. during this week when we were knocking doors we had the very special opportunity to teach allot of people a lesson on there porch or even go in and share it with them. we had several people that let us come back as well and people we are excited to teach. In just these last two week we have found about 8 new investigators some of those have family's as well we have just not had the chance to go back and teach them all together. so all in all we had about 17 lessons that we taught to people that were not members! Our less active work did not get done so much like we hoped, but we did find out that 3 have moved away, 1 of them including his house. His name is Orozco. we saw him about 3 weeks ago, house and all. but no there is nothing but a mail box and a dirt outlining. Who knows maybe he got taken up like the city of Zion. 

For along while here we have felt like everything was slowing down and that nobody else wanted to listen. But now we can see the fruits of our diligence coming back out again. I took from this lesson of slow work is that in life times will go slow, and you may feel like nothing is happening and that it is just the same, that it will never change. But if you just be faithful and continue doing what you are told, eventually the blessings will come.  They may not come when you hope, or even when you think they are needed to continue on. But they will come and then you will be able to partake of the fruits of your labors. And oh how sweet they will be. May favorite part about trials are the lessons that i learn and the things i can apply into my life not just now in the mission, but more importantly when I go home so that i can be the best i can be and do all that the Lord still has planned for me to do. Because truly whats the point of this life if we don't learn anything? 

Tenga una semana marvillosa!!  
Elder Lamb