Well Happy New Year on Wednesday!!!
Its sort of weird it’s 2014 well not yet but tomorrow night it will be wow how fast did that go? I hope you all had a great Christmas. The truth is that it was pretty good for us a lot of food getting to talk to the family in Utah and in Guatemala and it was just a blast except the fact my mom got hurt but other than that it was good. It was actually a great remembrance of the Christmas spirit this last week i felt like i actually knew what people were talking about because a year ago i was a bit left out of everything haha but anyways it was good. The best part was the Christmas story the one i sent last week we sort of read it together and well it was great!!: I absolutely love a story that follows the birth of Christ in the same chapter.
LUKE 2:22-32 21: And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22: And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23: (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24: And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27: And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28: Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32: A alight to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Actually my favorite picture Is the one when he holds Jesus in his arms and blesses him. But He says he has see the salvation of god and can now rest with him. the thing is He saw the salvation and he touched him and held him. but we haven't see him how are we supposed to find the salvation said a young teenage girl named Ivonne Ill tell you, Come unto Christ. Just do it come unto him and be perfected in him. he is the Christ the holy son of god the savior lord and redeemer of our souls. He is the way the truth and the life. Ivonne we cant make it back besides though him. well that's a good point she told me. then we visited a lady named Rosi. She was having a bit of a problem understanding the possess of repentance she needed a bit more help , she told us she is perfect and well we just smile and said ya im sure you are sister but not exactly. we then explained how we can repent from our minds but not from our hearts. She didn't get it. I explained that if we repent from our minds just to get the thought out of our minds then its like we are putting it on the table then when we come back to the table we pick it up again. but if we repent from our hearts we throw the sin out the window and well when we find it again we will have concurred the sin and it wont have power over us again. she said wow I never thought of it like that. well I told her more about how we can be born again. She was amazed she said no I cant do that. I told her you can just by coming unto Christ. this week I really found out as we invited others to come unto christ, I learned that the way to invite others is by examples. and through the scriptures so many people here really dont get the meaning of testimony haha so i have to show them throught he scriptures how we can come unto Christ like it says in Moroni 10:32-33 32: Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. 33: And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
I can bear my testimony that if we come unto Christ everything we do and everything we have will be blessed just like Simeon he found the salvation of god we can too just by coming unto the one who can save. Come unto Christ. I love you all!!! happy New Year 2014!!! wait I'm coming home this year no way!! haha
Elder Jaymes Monson