Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 90: Goodbye Houston

Transfers are here and I'm out of H3! My son Elder Jessop will be taking over the area, and will have another trainer! Man he's gonna do a great job! I feel sad to leave, but I'm excited for the new adventure that I'll have somewhere else! 

This last week was great first we had Zone Conference! It was incredible! We talked about the priesthood and how the priesthood is the key to be able to see God again! President also made an equation that I will always remember is priesthood power = Personal Worthiness * Righteous Activity. The only way that we will be able to enter into the presence is by that Priesthood Power, but we we have to we have to be worthy and acting in righteousness! Truth right there! 

Just remember that when trials come to always remain faithful, and always count your blessings! But most important, pray to our Heavenly Father he will help and love you to the end!

I love you all have a great week! Love, Elder Heiner!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 89: Prayer Brings Miracles

Hello family and friends. This last week was a good one! I feel like I say that every week. Ahhh the time is going so fast as well! Weeks are turning into days and days are turning into minutes. I wish there was a button to slow time down! But I know there isn't so the goal is to make every day just the best, and this last week there were a ton of blessings and miracles that we saw as we made each day great! 

On Tuesday I got to go on exchange with Elder Barton. He is a stud, and just talks to everyone! We were in Burger King getting a late lunch / early dinner, and there was this couple that was in line right behind us, and we started talking to them and got on a topic of religion, and she started telling us that she just lost her husband. So we were inspired to share the Mormon Message Mountains to Climb with them. They went to a booth and watched it, and came back in tears and they told us that that was exactly what they needed! It was incredible! Then later I got to give Samuel Acosta his baptismal interview, he is the H3 Hermanas investigator. He is a great kid. I got the chance to perform the baptism, and give him the gift of the Holy Ghost (in Spanish). That was one of the only things that I haven't done, is give someone the gift of the Holy Ghost in Spanish, so now I can check that off the bucket list! But Samuel definitely has a lot of desires to follow Jesus Christ, and I'm super excited for him to learn more about the gospel y crecer cada dia!

On Wednesday we had a money day! Started it off with teaching Rodney and Jennifer, our Burger King miracle! We taught a great lesson on prayer with them, and talked about how Heavenly Father always wants to answer our prayers! So we invited them to cry out to him, and ask for help! It was awesome! Then later that night we shared a lesson with Maria Escobar, one of the investigators that we've been teaching a while. We bore powerful testimony on the Book of Mormon and on the power of prayer! The spirit was sooo strong! This week we have been inviting so many people to not only read in the BOM, but also to pray each and every day and to literally cry out to him during our struggles! Maria at the end of the lesson prayed and thanked God for everything she has been given like 4 times in a row. Oh my goodness, the power of prayer is so powerful! Our Heavenly Father wants to hear us, and not just for a couple minutes before we go to bed and after we wake up, but he want to us to talk with him. To express all our feeling to him! 

So this week we were doing prayer texts, where we continually texted members to say their prayers. We followed up with them yesterday and each one who was part of the challenge to pray each day, said that their week was so much better, than the weeks before. I know that prayer is so important! I feel so much love, knowing that my Heavenly Father is cheering me on. Where ever we are and whatever situation we are in, our Heavenly Father is waiting to answer our prayer, but he can't unless we CRY out! Unless we truly ask! Remember that he will always answer us! He won't let us quit through the hard times, and he will challenge us through the comfortable times! As a father he always wants us to improve! So my invitation to y'all is to truly pray. Give thanks for everything you've been given, and communicate whats going on in your life! He loves you! 

Miracles always come as we put our faith in our savior Jesus Christ and we are continually communicating with our Father in Heaven! I love y'all so much! Make this week the best week you possibly can! I love y'all!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 88: Keep On Keep'n On!

Weeks are passing by faster than ever! It's crazy how fast time is going! This last week we saw a lot of miracles and I had a lot of very powerful learning experiences! We found a few new investigators that have a lot of potential! We also just found out that one of our main investigators, who's barrier for baptism was her getting married, got married like 3 weeks ago. We were talking to our Ward mission leader and he told us that they got married! I was super surprised and happy, all at the same time! So we could be setting a date soon with Maria Escobar! I also had the opportunity to baptize one of the Hermanas investigators! Her name is Maria, and she was so prepared! When we performed the actual baptism, the water was sooo hot! Hotter than a hot tub! It hurt to move, it was that bad! But Maria was awesome because even though it was so hot she was willing to do it! There were a lot of amazing blessings, and I'm just grateful for the people I have in my life right now! I have been blessed with so many amazing friends, and I just want to say thank you! All of y'all have helped me out so much, and I'm grateful for everything! 

Remember the love that our father in Heaven has for all us! That he will never leave us stranded! So remember to do all the little things right! Keep praying, keep studying, keep fasting, keep serving, keep reading in the BOM, keep going to church! When we keep doing the small things, our lives will be filled with more joy and happiness! 

I love y'all so much! Have a great week!

Love, Elder Heiner :)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 87: There Is Always Light!

Spiritual Thought for the day! I was reading a talk by Robert D Hales in the 2002 General  Conference called Out of Darkness Into his Marvelous light, and it says something that I absolutely love:

When I was a boy, I used to ride my bicycle home from basketball practice at night. I would connect a small pear-shaped generator to my bicycle tire. Then as I pedaled, the tire would turn a tiny rotor, which produced electricity and emitted a single, welcome beam of light. It was a simple but effective mechanism. But I had to pedal to make it work! I learned quickly that if I stopped pedaling my bicycle, the light would go out. I also learned that when I was “anxiously engaged” in pedaling, the light would become brighter and the darkness in front of me would be dispelled.
The generation of spiritual light comes from daily spiritual pedaling. It comes from praying, studying the scriptures, fasting, and serving--from living the gospel and obeying the commandments. “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light,” said the Lord, “and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” My brothers and sisters, that perfect day will be when we will stand in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Sometimes people ask, “Why do I have to go to sacrament meeting?” or “Why do I have to live the Word of Wisdom, pay tithing? Why can’t I have one foot in Babylon?” May I tell you why? Because spiritual pedaling takes both feet! Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel--living it with all of your “heart, might, mind and strength”--you cannot generate enough spiritual light to push back the darkness.

Let us make sure that we are always pedaling with both feet so that we can produce the efficient amount of light that we need! I know that when both feet are pedaling, no matter how dark, we will always be able to see what's in front of us! I love this gospel and this church! It is all so true! 
Thanks for all the prayers family and friends! 
I love you all so much!

Love, Elder Heiner