Monday, January 11, 2016

Teach Repentance

This week we adapted a new slogan for the mission. It comes from Elder Dallin H. Oaks and the mission department. ''In our mission we teach repentance and baptize converts'' In Mosiah 18:20 we learn that they were sent to teach nothing save repentance to the people. They were all baptized. Thats our goal! 
Just a quick story. 

Yesterday we taught a family home evening lesson with the Calero family. The parents are less active members and their 3 kids are not members yet. We went with almost all the members of the ward council and there was a special spirit. We starting teaching the plan of salvation to the family and each person had a small piece of paper where they could draw a picture of their favorite part of the plan of salvation. The members of ward council drew the kingdoms of glory, the pre earth life, the judgement, etc. The parts that are the most thought of when we say 'plan of salvation'. Toward the end, we realized that the mom and dad of this family hadnt shared what they drew. We started with the mom and she timidly expressed that she had drawn 'baptism'. She then expressed such a pure and heartfelt testimony about her desire for her kids to be baptized. Then we went to the dad who had drawn a temple. He testified to his kids that the temple was the goal, and that baptism was the only was to get there. It was such a sweet and tender moment that we couldnt have brought without the pure testimonies of their parents. The kids all accepted a baptismal date for the 23 of January. Ill send fotos of their baptism. 

The parents taught repentance through their testimonies and desires to change their lives and make it to the temple. We were touched by the whole night. The ward council is excited now and we are going to baptize everyone!! 

The Vasquez family is progressing and we are praying that they will feel the need to be baptized for the 30 of January. Pray for Ronald. His wife is ready and wants to be baptized but the dad is having a hard time. 

Love you all lots and lots.
Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Gehring


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