Friday, December 5, 2014

Seek, Receive, Follow, Repeat

November 29, 2014

Hey Family! 

So this week in the office...
Well... our system to put in the baptismal record has been broken for a couple weeks and when I tried to fix it, another problem always came up. So finally, I called Salt Lake (Now I have memorized just about all of the help specialists for the South America area), and after an hour and a half on the phone, it is fixed now! So now I have like 70 baptismal records from the last 2 weeks to fill.

I have so much to be grateful for. Most of all, I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is so endlessly patient with me and strengthens me in ways I don't even know. I am so grateful to be able to serve Him and have the new opportunity everyday to be a little more like Him. I am SO grateful that I am here in His service. P-day has come to be my least favorite day of the week, because I just want to work, and do something more to help someone come unto the Savior. 

To celebrate, we had lunch with a member, and everyone at the table shared what they were grateful for. They made us "bombas de papa" or in english, potato bombs. They are like balls of mashed potatoes with ham and cheese in the middle, then fried. They are SO good. so that was a thanksgivingish meal. Then we went to get icecream at my favorite icecream place for dessert. Elder Engebretsen even put up a sign on the wall to write what we are grateful for, so it was a great Thanksgiving. 

So things in proselyting are good, but we aren't having the success we should to have. Before, when I first got to the offices, the Lord blessed us with so many miracles that were easy to see, like Ricardo and the familia R who were baptized. So now it is kind of a reality check that it isn't always that easy. Even though it isn't that easy, the miracles haven't ceased, they just come differently. So this week, we received the miracle of revelation.
 First, I felt distinctly that we need to be super efficient with our time, only using our time with people who really are going to progress. So, we went out at 6 to work, and worked, worked, worked, being as efficient as we could be, not wasting time and…we didn't find any of the elect we were looking for. But we came back, and I got on my knees, received more. The next day I felt that I should have a greater focus on Christ, in EVERY contact, it has to be centered on Christ. So I applied it that day and felt the spirit more the whole night. We talked with a ton of people about Christ, but...still didn't find those we were looking for. So we are in the same point that Nephi was in when he was trying to get the plates for the 3rd time. I know we will find the ELECT! I really have no doubts. It is just a matter of continuously seeking, receiving, and acting upon revelation, even when the results aren't immediate. So there is a lot of work to do, but the miracles have not ceased, and they won't. :)  

Success doesn't always come immediately, but if we are diligent in seeking new revelation, it will come. 

I love you all so much! Have a great week! 


Elder Tenney

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