Sunday, August 14, 2016

My final testimony as a full time missionary

Dear All,
Well, it has all come to an end. Today was a pretty dope day. Since the zone broke the baptisms record last month. we asked special permission to have a super cool activity. So we ordered two 28" pizzas and bought some fried snacks and watched "Buscando a Dory" on the ward projector. Don't ask how we got ahold of it, suffice it to say in Tijuana you can get whatever you want for less than a dollar usually ;) haha it was super sketchy but way cool. If you haven't seen it yet, it was pretty good. Or maybe it wasn't and I just haven't seen a movie in two years to compare it haha yeah it's probably that. 
I am glad to say that I feel very satisfied with the work that I have done. I have done my best, and I know that even though I leave the mission, the work that I started here hasn't come to an end. President Garcia says that the mission is like a river. (I always think of that dumb song from Napoleon Dynamite "Some say love, it is a river...") and that it's always changing and moving and we are just little droplets floating along until it's our turn to leave and help in another part of God's vineyard. There is a quote from M. Russel Ballard that I have in the front of my scriptures that says "Debemos estar anhelosamente consagrados a la obra misional antes, durante, y despues de nuestro servicio misional." That's the key. Know that even though the callings or the circumstances may change, the covenants to serve and to consecrate ourselves are still in play. I had the opportunity to go with Miguel to the temple this week when he recieved his endowment. What a special opportunity, and I learned a lot from being there.
I am ready to come home. It's time to go on to even bigger and better things.
Quiero terminar con mi testimonio. Es algo que atesoro y que mas valor tiene para mi. Se, sin ninguna duda, que Jesucristo vive. El esta a la diestra del Padre y ellos estan a la cabeza de esta gran obra. Lehi dijo, "Todas las cosas han sido hechas segun la sabiduria de aquel que todo lo sabe." Testifico de eso. Al acercarnos a el, aprendemos que nosotros desempeñamos una parte muy pequeña en todo esto. Nuestro Padre y Jesucristo se le aparecieron al joven profeta Jose Smith, y desde alli ha habido comunicacion directa entre Dios y un Profeta viviente. Las escrituras son el registro de esa comunicacion y nos dirigiran para bien el la medida que las leamos y apliquemos. El Sacerdocio es el poder de Dios y obra milagros. Nuestras oraciones son contestadas. La vida no se acaba con la muerte. Lo se y se lo testifico en el nombre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Amen.
Nos vemos el martes :)
Los quiero mucho,

Elder Rawlings

Translation (from google translate)
I want to end my testimony. It is something that I cherish and more worth to me. It is , no doubt , that Jesus Christ lives . He is at the right hand of the Father and they are at the head of this great work. Lehi said , "All things have been done in the wisdom of one who knows everything . " I testify that. As we approach the , we learn that we play a very small part in this. Our Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith , and since there has been no direct communication between God and a living prophet . Scripture is the record of that communication and direct us for good measure that the read and apply . The priesthood is the power of God works miracles . Our prayers are answered. Life does not end with death . I know and I testify in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen .
See you on Tuesday :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saying goodbyes

 With members of the ward he is serving in at the Tijuana Temple

Dear All,
Its August. I go home in august. WHAT.
I spent the day today saying goodbye to people, and found out my convert Lucila, the JW from Independencia, passed away a week ago. What joy I feel to know that I will still be able to see her in the Celestial Kingdom someday. 
Other than that, it was a good week. Its always a good week when we baptize and when our zone breaks the baptismal record for a month.
Well that´s all I have time for, next week will be my last testimony. Holy heck.
Los quiero mucho,

Elder Rawlings

With Lucila at her baptism