Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Week 51: Hey Guess What? Yep, You're Right, It Was Fathers Day!
First off all I want to say is happy fathers day to all the wonderful fathers. Dad I hope you had a wonderful day. Yesterday the primary kids and the missionaries got to sing for all their fathers up on the stand in the front. It was fun and really cute to watch all the kids sing to their fathers. I'm grateful for the friendship and the love I receive from my earthly father and also my Heavenly Father. I have been so blessed to have a father in Heaven who is always watching over me, but also to have an Earthly Father, who I can go to and learn from his past experiences. What blessings Fathers are in each one of our lives. Thanks dad for everything!!
This week was a lot different than most weeks. I actually had meetings to go to. It was a great experience. I got to go to New Leadership Meeting, where all the new district leaders and zone leaders go to learn how to better their abilities, and learn what is expected of them. I learned a lot, and I am grateful for the thoughts that were shared. I'm also grateful for the chance to lead the best district in the mission to success. We do have a great district, we are full of hardworking missionaries, who put our trust in our Heavenly Father. It's pretty incredible! We are so united in purpose and we all understand what our vision is. I love our district!!!
We also had a Spanish Leadership Council, where all the leaders in the Spanish Program gather together and discuss on what needs to change and how we can accomplish the work more as a team. It was a great meeting. There were a lot of great ideas that were put out on how to better the Work. Over the time of a year of my mission there are so many things that we as missionaries do differently, whether it is how we teach, or how we have district meeting, or how we follow up with missionaries or investigators; and it is so cool to see the Lord help his friends/servants do his work!!!
On Friday I had the chance to give my first baptismal interview. It was a really cool experience. Her name was Marisol, and she was really prepared. She had been taught by missionaries for a little while, and she had been through a lot but she told me that the moment when she knew that she needed to be baptized was when she had a tree fall on her house and the members of the ward cared about her and helped her out. Pretty cool experience. She has a lot of faith, and is so excited to follow the savior, enter into a covenant and receive a remission of her sins.
Yesterday we also had an amazing miracle. This past week we have been praying for a family who are prepared for the Gospel in their lives. We went out with a member to go visit some less actives and when we were done we were getting back into our car, and there was a family that was bringing a bunch of stuff from their car, and our member said, lets go help them. Usually when we ask people for help, they tell us, no we are ok, but when we asked them, they said, yeah that would be awesome. So we brought everything into their home and then they expected us to sit down and share a lesson with them. It was so crazy!!! So we started talking about our Heavenly Father and the spirit entered into the room. The mom was telling us about her life, and she has been through so many trials, and she said that she hasn't been closer to her savior until now. It was incredible. They are a family of 4! They are super prepared!! We are seeing them today and we are so excited to watch the gospel impact their lives!!!
I also had the chance to listen to a talk this morning by Henry B Eyring called Continuing Revelation. It talks a lot about the revelation that God gives to each and everyone of us. I really liked the example he gave, he said, " You know the words: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded. When Lehi heard Nephi speak those words, the scripture says that he was exceedingly glad. He was glad because he knew that Nephi had been blessed with confirming revelation that his father's dream was a true communication from God. Nephi did not say, I will go and do what my father told me to do. Rather he said, I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded." I know that the Lord gives his Prophets, Apostles, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents, Bishops, Fathers, Mothers, revelation to watch over their stewardship. The Lord loves each and every one of us, and gives us our trials, hardships, joyful moments, in between moments, for a reason. I know that we receive modern day revelation. I know that we have a prophet on the earth today. He leads and guides! I'm grateful for all the blessings I have received. I cannot express my love that I have for the savior. He has blessed my life, and continues to bless it now!
I love you all so much! Have a great week and keep on keeping on!!!
Love Elder Heiner