Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy 21st Birthday - 6 months left!

N*** was baptized!  He is great and has been meeting with missionaries for YEARS.  Elder Guccione's (My trainer) first area was Neukölln and he taught him as well!  It is such a blessing that we were able to see this great step.  He has been coming to church for the last 3 years every week and loves it all so he will be a great active member.  During the time when N*** and Manuel were getting changed, Elder Lloyd and I taught the first lesson to the people waiting.  There were about 10 people there visiting the baptism and we thought it to be a good idea.  We taught it in about 5 or so minutes and bore hard testimony of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I felt the spirit so strong and knew that the spirit was touching the hearts of the audience.  Right after our testimonies, we watched the church's video about the first vision.  It was a really spiritual moment for me and also for the people there. 

We had our Mission Leadership council this last week and talked a lot about the change that needs to come about in our mission to help others progress.  Like I mentioned last week,
we are reading the Book of Mormon together and really enjoying it.  We as zone leaders are on the phone at night just helping and following up with missionaries to help them get the most out of their studies.  If we really understand the Doctrine of Christ, we would really have the pure desire to take the happy message to the world and have no fear whatsoever. 

I have learned a lot this week about my Father in Heaven.  I have felt the spirit so strong just this whole week and I am so grateful for these opportunities.  They only come to those who seek and desire for them.  We on earth are here, really to please God.  That was the goal of Jesus Christ, not to please man but His Father.  As we try to live in accordance to His divine Doctrine, we will be able to help others to realize this as well.  It is important to have a balance.  Spiritual, physical, and social.  Gordan B. Hinckley in my opinion was the perfect example for that :)  May we use the tools and abilities that our Father has given us to improve our own state and the state of others.  Don't let them go to waste because if they aren't used, they will be taken from us.  As we walk the path of rightousness, we will gain more knowledge, truth, and peace.  AND JOY.  Where are our eyes pointed?  Let Heaven guide us.  We have the tools to work out our salvation; let's use them to our full potential.  If you don't know where to start, read that blessing that a Partriarch gave you all those years ago.  Set goals.  Work hard.  Have joy :) 

Happy 21st Birthday Elder Hays!!!
Quote of the day...'It's your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude in life.'  -Dave Dean.

Thank you for all of the birthday wishes!  I love you all and good job Erika on graduating! 

Love, Elder Hays

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