Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22nd, 2014

Ima be quick again since well be talking this week, but it was a fun week. We had a christmas performance activity from all the missionaries from this stake (Milagro- theres 38 missionaries just in this stake) for all the members and investigators, our zone did a play about an Elder Scrooge, it was really funny im gonna try to get a copy of the video and give it to you. And we also sang a bunch of christmas hymns with scriptures, it was a really good night and i got to see a few of the converts from Bellavista, like the main man Mayra who we helped to get married and baptized right before l left that area, whos now pregnant so that was some interesting news. Ya but christmas is seriously the best, even though i dont feel anything like christmas over there, Im super happy and excited, I cant really comprehend how great is that love of god that entered into this world, that true gift that is Christ...he is the king of all kings, èven though he was a poor, born in the stable. He is our salvation. Im honored to be able share that right now. It was nice to share that with the stake that spirit.

A cute little story we had this week, we were trying to help an old man who was super afflicted, he needed food, and a priesthood blessing. And as were trying to help this poor man, a gnarly bible thumper lady came up just to start yelling at us, completely ruined everything we were trying to help the man understand. She was convinced that that man was already saved cause he went to their temple. I was even delighted to hear that she and her church were praying specifically for us to find the path of christ, how sweet is that, cause were tricked by the lies of men she says. It was so difficult to bite my tongue mostly because we were just trying to peacefully help a man nothing more. I really realized the importance of staying christlike as a representative of him, cause in the end despite what they know this is the trute gospel. true gospel in the end brings eternal life, that eternal life is knowing the father. Since Christ was also accused of teaching doctrines not true, he gave the way to know in john7.

 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Its simply to do gods will, and try to apply it, which is hard to do when youre yelling, but we as members need then to match the message and share it with love. Anybody willing to know will know, thats a promise. It was a neat little experience, I learned from it. But ya thats basically all thats happening. Im super pumped to talk thursday!. Till then.
Elder Crisp

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8th, 2014

I cant believe I already passed the one year point this last week, Its been an awesome year and Im super excited for this next one. I was reflecting on what Ive learned this last year, what Ive developed, and whatnot. One that was on my mind was goal setting, besides just the numbers the personal goals to improve. I have learned the importance of being eager to set goals and complete them. And I was studying a conference talk from the Liahona from Quentin l Cook, Choose Wisely, about setting the goals that are the best for us. Choosing what is gonna make us a better person. He explains how a not bad decision isnt equal to a not harmful decision, to really step and look where were going. And theres not any excuse we can make for not getting there, we cant self justify and make excuses to ourselves for not fulfulling what we want to be. Its a super good talk, everyone should read it, Im definitely gonna keep trying to apply that while im here cause its true what everyone says time is really short. I love what Iv learned so far, I love to read and study the scriptures now, I have a testimony of this church and of Jesus Christ that I could never have been able to gain outside of here.

Elder Juan Uceda from the 70, the area president, came to our zone conference this last week, and man it was super good. I always underestimated seventies, but he is super powerful and really is a true witness of Christ, he has one of the most calmest but impactful voices Ive heard. He talked to us about. He says the repentance is a principle of perfection- it is sweet he says. That there is no exalted being that is disobedient, if thats what we want, to be exalted, we need to learn to be exactly obendient, thats not just a principle of the mission but life. President Riggins shared about how DC4 was not revealed about mission service, but service in general. So in any form of service we are in, in the church, or even family relationships, we need to be 100% committed....serve with all our heart might mind and strength, eye single to the glory of God. Like in the lamb sacrifices in moses times, if they didnt burn every thing it was worthless to kill the animal. Ha so we need to always burn, sacrifice ourselves completely to the lord, or others when we are in service. Elder Uceda shared a lot with us it was a bomb conference and I know without a doubt that he is called of God.

To close another scripture Elder Uceda shared...Nephi 14
14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed withrighteousness and with the power of God in great glory.

We as members in these days can be armed with that power and glory and righteousness.

Elder Crisp

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st, 2014

We had a new convert this week his name is Jaime hes 45. Hes really cool, really really humble. Hes got epilexia, sometimes has really bad attacks when the moons full, so his brain is kind of shaken from that. He wasnt the easiest person to teach cause he didnt understand very well but he was so sure of what he was doing, and so ready....Right after his baptism he said very calmly, Im content to have given myself to the Lord, I know Im now in his road. It was really powerful his baptism. All he wants to do now is learn more and serve in the church, I know its gonna help him a lot, especially having the Spirit with him. His desire to come to churhc is surprising to us, he lives way out into the fields, like an hour traveling. But hed be ready, waiting, calling the family that he went with like 2 hours early its kind of funny. Hes a super good convert.

This was a good lesson to me about being patient, accepting the will of the lord for us...we worked super hard to finally get something here, and all that payed off cause the lord blessed us with an awesome convert, and a few awesome families this last week. I really hope we can help these people to "feel the christmas spirit" like everyone always cheesily says haha, no but really come to christ cause i know they are blessings from the lord that weve met them. I know that this is His work and that he really can do what he wants with us if were just diligent and patient. I love seeing these blessings come into others lives from the restored gospel. Its a lot of work on our parts, sometimes on theirs, but its so worth it cause its so true and eternal, and thats why its easy to serve a mission.

my semi american thanksgiving meal