I´m writing because yesterday we had a conference with President Kahnlein. I hope that everyone was able to watch the special session of the Mission President Seminar . It was SO GOOD! I loved the videos and the Spirit could be felt all over the world. The one video of the family spreading the Gospel really impacted me. For starters, it reminded me of our family and the great devotion that we have shown to Heavenly Father through the daily family scripture study and prayer that we always had. Also I am sure that Heavenly Father is pleased for the examples that we are always setting for those around us. The second reason that I loved the video was because it showed how normal and rewarding missionary work can be. Each family member was able to share their testimony in different ways. The Work of Salvation is best acheived when the members and the missionaries work as one. The Quorum of the Twelve want missionaries to be full of appointments everyday that come from references from the members. They don´t want the missionaries to have time to knock doors. This is not only the vision of the Apostols but also of the Lord. He is hastening His work. The world is changing but the message that we have as members of the church is still the same. If anything, it is needed even now. The church is doing a great job of adapting to the changes of society and I am excited to see how the results that come from these changes.
Like I said in the beginning of my email, yesterday we had a conference with the Mission President. Around 40 missionaries from Coquimbo and La Serena met up together in a chapel and we were all enlightened by the powerful words of our leader. He focused the conference on our potencial and living up to it. There is always something better that we can do to devote more to Heavenly Father and President really wants us to find those weak points. He wants us to truly grow into servants of God who will remain dedicated after their mission. The asistents showed us a very great way to use the pamphlets that the church provides for our investigators. Near the end of each pamphlet are questions and scriptures that contain the answers. These questions can help our investigators realize that they Book of Mormon has answers to all our questions. They can feel the Spirit testify of the truth of the Book of Mormon as they search for the answers. As a little gift, the asistants gave us a combined version of all the pamphlets put together so that we can study them more in depth. During the conference, President Kahnlein showed many videos that brought the Spirit, including Mormon Messages, The new Jesus Christ videos, and some old seminary videos. He explained to us that these videos were made not only for the members, but for investigators and missionaries too. He then gave us all a dvd case that had 4 dvds in it full of videos from the church. All the videos put together have about 10 hours of footage. Practically every subject that we need to cover with investigators before AND after baptism has a video that helps explain the principle better. I believe that all my soul that President was inspired when he made these DVDs.
Last night after the conference, Elder Yorgason and I passed be a recent convert who was baptized around 5 months ago. His wife is a member as well but his sons have never been interested in listening to us. Last night, the youngest son Nacho was there. I had never really talked to him, so, before he could go upstairs to play videogames, I started a conversation with him. The rest of the lesson was then lead by the Spirit. Nacho´s parents and my companion gradually started joining in on the conversation and before we knew it, we were talking about baptism. We found out that he has always wanted to get baptized but never had enough desires to talk to us. He wants to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost so that he can help his family more. When he mentioned that, my companion and I, without looking or talking to each other, both reached into our backpacks to grab a pamphlet about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We read with him the section of the Gift of the Holy Ghost and then invited him to be baptized the . He excitedly accepted and told us that he would do everything he needed to in order to prepare. When we showed him the questions in the back of the pamphlet, he got even more excited. He had never had the oppurtunity to really read and pray about the Book of Mormon and promised to deeply search for the answers. Elder Yorgason and I realized that we had followed exactly what the Asistents had done during their practice earlier in the day. The Spirit prompted both of us to follow what our mission leaders had told us, and we saw the successful result that came from it. This is the Lord´s work. He will tell us what we need to do if we turn to Him. We must dedicate all to Him so that we are always open to revelation.
I´ve included a few pictures of a part of my area. I live directly under The Cross and La Parte Alta is full of hills, as you can see. If I have time, I´ll try to send more photos.
Love you all!