Hola Familia y Amigos!
Espero que todos ustedes hayan pasado una Navidad hermosa y que empiecen el nuevo año con éxito!
So this week had a very happy ending! Cinthia was baptized and confirmed a member of the church! This didn’t happen so easily. Satan doesn’t let anyone do these life-changing acts without tempting them to leave it all behind. Cinthia was the same.
Everything was going well until Thursday. She had talked to her family about her decision to get baptized and join the church and their response was very very negative. They did not support her at all and they were actively trying to convince her to stop listening and stop trying to come closer to Christ in this way. It was very hard for her to deal with that and in that lesson she felt very alone and scared to make the wrong decision. She was even starting to doubt the spiritual confirmations that she had received. We left the house worried but with faith that God would help her to “hush [her] fears” (Mosiah 23:28) and give her the courage that she needed.
When we went the next day to have the baptismal interview she was better and she wanted to keep meeting with us but she wanted to wait to be baptized. We invited her to have the baptismal interview anyways and during that interview the elder helped her and exhorted her “not to be frightened” and she decided to be baptized that very next day. She was able to “hush [her] fears” and exercise her faith in Christ.
I love my Savior and this IS HIS GOSPEL!
“Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism.” -Alma 7:15
I love helping people and my testimony is that we must be christlike and do christlike acts because he cannot be here to do them. He would love to hush every fear and dry every tear but he won’t do it. HE NEEDS US. We need those experiences so that we may become more like Him and be ready to show to our Father that we are worthy of his glory. Oh how great is his love for us! May we help our brother feel that love through us.
Livin’ the Dream,