Monday, July 27, 2015

Baptisms and Surprises


This week Marco Inta was baptized. Our Bishop Olivera lo bautizó y mi compañero y y eramos los testigos. Junto con él, se bautizó un hermano Alex Espinoza. Se bautizaron el sábado y el domingo fueron confirmados miembros de la Iglesia. Soy testigo que el poder de la trinidad se manifieste por las ordenanzas. 

The whole thing leading up to the baptism was scary. We hadnt taught the second lesson (Plan de Salvacion) until 20 minutes before the baptism. The interview went well on Thursday and then se desapareció otra vez hasta el sabado. He came early to his baptism and we were able to teach him all he needed to know. It all came like normal to him. He bore his testimony in the baptsimal service and told the experience he had as he prayed to know the church was true. He said he never had a dream, he never saw angels, he never heard a loud voice, he said he simply had an overbearing feeling of happiness inside his chest that motivated him to always go to church. I think he recognizes the spirit better than I do sometimes. I am greatful for his example to me. The spirit is felt through happiness and the spirit bears testimony, (or makes us happy) when we do the will of the Father.

On wednesday of this week we flew to Santa Cruz for a Lidership Council. We talked about the importance of obtaining refferals for the new converts, less actives and investigators. We practiced helping the people we teach go through with their commitments to have a higher percentage of people baptized from those who commit themselves to be baptized. Does that make sense?? We talked about numbers becuase every number means that a child of God has recieved a saving ordinace. I worry about the numbers because God worrys about every single one of His children individually. 

Then Sunday at about 6:30pm came the surprise. We had just finished Ward Council and we were heading back to our area for a few more visits when President Willard called our phone. I answered and he asked if he could run a few things by me. He then extended me the call to serve as Asistant to the President. He asked me if I was willing to accpet such a calling and I humbly said yes. He then told me the twist of it all is that today it was going to happen even though there are 2 weeks left before the normal transfers. We visited a few more families last night, I went home and packed everything and this morning I flew from Tarija to Santa Cruz. I am now sweating again in the buring hot Santa Cruz with my new calling. Im super pumped, really nervous, and extremely humbled by the oportunity to serve with President Willard again. He is the called of God and I know I have been called by the Lord to serve here. Thank you for your love and prayers. I feel the strength that they bring me.

I learned something in church yesterday. D&C 29:35. All things are spiritual for God.

I love you all so very much.

Hurrah for Israel!

Elder Gehring
Here are some fotos. Marco is the one sitting in between my comp and I. The second foto is of us and the bishop. Then there are a lot of us in the airport this morning. Also this is the baptism of Marco and Alex. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

My Purpose

Dear Family,

This week it got really really cold in Tarija. Like really cold. Also, I played a trumpet for the first time in about a year and a half. Also I got to go on exchanges with the Asistants. Elder Carabajal is from Argentina and I learned a lot from him. Then the next day we had zone conference. President asked me to direct the meeting. Also a lady in our ward cooked for the conference. She made keperí. It was sooo good. With arroz con queso and yuca. Way way good. Mom and dad, you have to learn how to make it. Sí o Sí. Thats what Im going to want to eat when I get home. 

As I studied chapter 1 of Preach my Gospel before and after the zone conference this week, my studies led me to study my covenants I have made. I realized that as people become converted, their only desire is to follow the Savior. As they do this, they realize that covenants are the only way to promise to follow Him. I made a list of all the covenants I have made in my life.

 I started with Baptism, confirmation, receiving the Priesthood, going through the temple, and even the covenant I made as I sent my letter of acceptance to the First Presidency. 

I studied the things I promised, the blessings I am entitled to, and also what is means in the long run. I was reminded of the importance of Baptism. I am a witness of Baptism. I have been baptized, I have been able to baptize others, and I have helped many people progress toward baptism. I realized that My Purpose is help people make covenants. 

By realizing this, I realized that My Purpose is an eternal purpose. I will never stop making covenants with God and as I do, I have to help others do the same as part of my covenant to follow the Savior. I love the Gospel. It makes me happy. When we were in the Council on Friday and you asked me if I received revelation, I did!! I was told by the Holy Ghost (for the millionth time I think) that I was truly happy. Sometimes I forget it but as I keep covenants, I receive a fullness of joy. I am a happy missionary. I love making other people happy. I love baptism.

I now also have a brother in law. Cuñado se dice en español. I am sad I couldnt be there during the whole wedding process. Oh well, good thing Chelsea got married for the eternites and not just for this life. Im grateful for the covenants we can make in the Temple and for the sealing power here on earth. 

I love you all,
Hurrah for Temple Weddings!
Elder Gehring
ps. These fotos are of me playing an instrument called la caña. Also of the Sossa Family. They are going to be baptized on the 18 de Agosto. 

pss. Send me lots more fotos of the wedding!!!!!!!!

Psss. Im going to send you all more fotos
Another selfie

Barrio San Luis

Bday de Elder Murillo

Cool Poncho

Driving in San Luis

El Tanque de Agua

Pigs the size of Cows

Road in San Luis


Selfie 2

Selfi with the gang

Selfi 3

The lake San Jacinto

Top of a car shot
Sunset in San Luis

Monday, July 13, 2015



Hey so I decided to tell all that happened in these past few days with fotos.

The road to Tolomosa

The Rojas Family

The view in Tarija

The Zone

Bags of potatoes

Baptism of Fabian

Beautiful Tarija

Best Friends

Best Plate Ever

Bolivian kids

Hard work

Main Av in Tarija

Me with Bolivian Kids

More with Fabian

Our House