Monday, December 29, 2014

Christ is the light that shineth in all things, and he is the first and greatest gift given to us


Another week has come to an end. 

This week was a bit crazy and beautiful! We had the baptism of Yuber Saturday night. He decided Wednesday that he was ready! So we prepared quickly and everything went well :) The Elders came with a muchacho that was the same age of Yuber, and after the baptism he decided that he wanted to get baptized, so Sunday night we got to go to another baptism of the Elders! And it was so cute, their muchacho saved us seats with signs and everthing :) (photo attached!) I have to say, we felt pretty special. 

This week we also had an amazing experience with the movie the Restoration. We watched it two different times, and it was really interesting to see the difference. The first time we watched it, we watched it with Mariellos. By the end my companion was all teared up, and we started talking about the movie and Mariellos said the thing that had really called her attention was how the Smith family always talked about how they would see Alvin again. We had an amazing opportunity getting to teach about temple work and that families can truly be forever. There was a moment where i got to look her in the eyes and promise her she could see, and talk, and be with her Dad again through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then everyone was in tears and it was absolutely beautiful. The Spirit was so strong!
The second time we watched it, it felt like the family was disinterested. By the end we asked what had called their attention, and they all said all the trials of Joseph Smith. It is true, but it was interesting to see the grand difference in the Spirit. Truly the difference was where their hearts were, and if they were really there to learn and grow or no. I started thinking about God, and about the sacrament, and about how we all take the sacrament every Sunday. However, some have an amazing, cleansing experience, while others are simply eating bread and drinking water. I thought about how it is so important where our thoughts and hearts are, and how dissapointed God must be sometimes when we go to church over and over and never learn what we could learn because we never put our heart into it. May we all put our heart into everything we do :) 

We also got to see the Christmas Devotional! I have to say that it came at a perfect time, because yesterday I felt like I could not walk anymore. I was definately pooped. It came at a great time :) I loved Elder Eyring's talk, about how Jesus Christ is the light. Today I was thinking a lot about that, and I started searching my favorite scripture In D&C 88

 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborneven of God,the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—
 He that ascended up on highas also he descended below allthings, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in alland through all things, the light of truth;
 Which truth shineth. This ithe light of ChristAs also he is inthe sun, and the lighof the sun, and the power thereof by which itwas made.
 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and thepower thereof by which it was made;
 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by whichthey were made;
 10 And the earth also, and thpower thereof, even the eartuponwhich you stand.
 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is throughhim who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light thatquickeneth your understandings;
 12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fillthe immensity of space—
 13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things,which is the law by which all things are governed, even the powerof God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom ofeternity, who is in the midst of all things.
Truly Jesus Christ is the light that giveth life to all things, and the light which is in all things. 

I was also thinking a lot about the new program we are sharing. It is called "He is the Gift" a beautiful video about Christmas online. Well, in spanish it is called "El es la Dádiva" Honestly, almost no one knows what the word dádiva means, so we have had a fun time teaching people (I didn't know either haha). Today while I was reading, a scripture caught my attention in Moroni 10. In Spanish it says,  18  Y quisiera exhortaros, mis amados hermanos, a que tengáis presente que toda buena dádiva viene de Cristo.  18 And would exhort you, my beloved brethren, thayeremember that every good gift cometh of Christ.

As I read this I realized, what was the first gift, or the first dadiva? It was God's gift to us, Jesus Christ .And every good gift that we have, every good dadiva, is from Jesus Christ. Truly every gift we have originates from this first gift.

How beautiful to think that every good gift, every things with light, everything that lives, comes from and is Jesus Christ.

I am so grateful for my Savior! I am so grateful for Jesus Christ! And I am so thankful I have this Christmas to spend doing the things that Christ did, serving others. 

I love you all! 


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