Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Manos en el aire! (From June 3)

From: "Tenney, Elder"
Sent: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:17:38 AM
Subject: ¡Manos en el aire!


Ah, this week was spectacular. It was the last week of the transfers so we wanted to finish hard. It was so fun. The week was kind of crazy, we were super busy, but no one threw beer bottles at us, not even once! 

Oh and good news is that I am in Garin another transfer and Elder Pirez too. I am so grateful. We saw so many miracles this transfer, but the miracles have just begun! 
I wish I had my camera with me on Sunday morning. First of all, it was a beautiful day with the sun shining, but we walked to church with Alejandro and his family and several other investigators. In the end, we were walking with a group of 15 people through the streets of Garin to go to church. It was such a beautiful sight. Then the baptism of Bianca was wonderful. 

This week was super fun. We are working with Joana to prepare her and her son for their baptism. She is deaf in one ear, and learns super slowly, so it takes a lot of patience and review to help her learn, but I love it. When we started teaching her, I'm not going to lie, I had the thought, "can she really stay active in the church?". But I was quickly corrected, and realized that is not the question to ask, but, "who does she need to become to stay faithful to the end?". So after that, I've been doing everything I can to help her become the person who Heavenly Father needs her to be.
We had an awesome lesson with Alejandro's family this week. His daughter, Bianca was preparing for her baptism, so we were reviewing "the restoration". Bianca and the other kids were having a hard time paying attention, so I decided to change things up. I stood up and told them, "okay everyone stand up for a minute. And I need your chairs." I took the 1st chair, and explained "Christ when he established his church, it had 3 pilars, 1st Christ, who was the prophet and leader." and placed the chair there. "Second, he called 12 apostles." and put the second chair. "3rd, he gave the authority to his apostles to baptize and to spread the gospel." Then I stood on the 3 chairs and said, "So now I am the church, and Christ established HIS church with these 3 things. But what happened to Christ?"...."he was crucified," they responded. "And years after, his apostles were killed too. So the authority, or the priesthood, was removed too...so now, remove the chairs..." So they removed the chairs, and I fell to the ground. They all yelled, "Nooo!!! Elder Tenney" haha. As I layed on the ground I asked them, "so what happened to the church?" "..It fell!"  they said. "SO the church wasn't on the earth for a long time and the people didn't have the truth that Christ established...but because He loves us, he did something really special TODAY. 1st, He called a prophet- Joseph Smith (placed the 1st chair.), 2nd, He gave them the authority again, so that they can baptize and help people. And 3rd..." they all were starring and listening attentively, "he called 12 apostles! (I stood on the chairs again) So TODAY we have exactly the same church that Jesus Christ established!!!" THey all started to cheer! haha. I continued, "with the same power to baptize and save people!!! And you are going to be baptized by that same power!" Now they were really pumped! They started a chant, "¡Bautismo! ¡Bautismo! ¡Bautismo!" hahaha. It was so awesome. I realized that maybe it was a bit irreverant, so we calmed down a bit and Bianca said an awesome prayer to finish.
I left with even more excitement and enthusiasm to share this message, ah! It really is incredible. We have great reason to chant "BAPTISM! BAPTISM!" and to throw our hands in the air, reverently rejoicing, because the Church and gospel of JESUS CHRIST is literally here on the earth. And it has the power to save us. All of us. So I am throwing my hands up in Argentina rejocing that Christ lives and is guiding His church and saving HIS people with HIS gospel!
I know that this is His Gospel. I know that we have full access to this redeeming power through the Church of Jesus Christ that is here today. So we CAN receive forgiveness, relief, comfort, and fresh starts, because Christ lives and is giving life to people TODAY. So throw your hands up and rejoice, because His kingdom is here!
I love you all so much! Have an awesome week!

Manos en el aire,

Elder Heath Tenney

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