Wednesday, May 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 - The Light of Christ and Videos

All right guys this week has been another blast out here in the vineyard of the Lord!

This past week, was a lot of lessons, a lot of learning and a lot of walking.  Its been pretty hot out here, however we luckily had a couple of days of rain!  That was super nice, but also surprising! We were just walking out in the middle of nowhere when the rain came down and started to soak us!  By the time we got back to house, we were pretty wet, but it was nice to have a change in weather. 
Everything is pretty much going the same out here.  We´re teaching by the Spirit, and finding new people all the time.  My comp and I are really getting along, and always thinking of new ways to help our district grow and become better!  We´re actually gaining 2 new Hermanas in our district now, and another one is getting changed today!  We´re hoping that with these changes, we're going to start seeing a whole lot more fruits in our branch, cause we've got a whole lot of potential, we just got to start working for it!
So this past week we had a training meeting where we talked about the Light of Christ.  There's a difference between the Light of Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  These 2 influences both lead and guide us to do the right thing, and los dos have different roles. What I want to focus more on is the Light of Christ right now......  The best definition of this is found in DyC 88:11-13 which reads  
11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;
12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—
 13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.
The Light of Christ is basically the influence of Christ that guides every man women and child to do what is right.  A manifestation of this light is that of our conscience of what is right and wrong.  Our light can grow and change, however it can also diminish, and darken.  I could tell you why its important, I could tell you why we always need to be increasing the light we have in our lives, however you have the scriptures, and I don't want to take away the opportunity for you to find the answer for yourself, to grow and to gain more light in your lives.  I will give you suggestions though, study Dyc 93, DyC 88 Romans 13:12 and Mathew 6:22.
Also go and watch these videos that I put a link to on the bottom, start with the first and finish with the last in the series.
I love you all, and I wish you all the best, and until next week...

April 18, 2016 - It's getting hot!

This week has been going great!  We´ve been working on a a lot of new ways to find new investigators, and to get our current ones even more excited for baptism, and we've found a lot!  We´ve recently been helping a lot of new kids start getting ready for baptism, we´ve been teaching them, playing soccer, and just being good friends.  Its actually pretty funny, this last Sunday we just pulled up to their apartment complex, honked our horn 3 times, and all the kids and a couple adults all came running out and started piling into our truck!  I´ll take some photos this week, but it's all going pretty awesome!

We've been having a lot of activities that we've been helping out with, and My comp and I are basically in charge of running all the mission activities that we have every 2 weeks on Wednesday.  This last Wednesday we had a small turnout, but it was a BIG hit!  We basically just had a bunch of small silly little competitions as a branch, and everybody was hooting and hollering and having a great time.  I had to cook 80 hotdogs though.  That wasn't fun.   We used it for a hotdog eating contest. 
We're still going around, interviewing the investigators of the hermanas, and they are all getting closer to bautismo!  One of them is getting baptized this week, and then another of ours is baptizing as well.  
My comp and are I getting along great, we've finally got everything figured out as new district leaders, and the only thing that's going on is that its getting really HOT here!!!!!!!!  WOW!!!!  No me gusta el calor!  The only good thing about all this is that now that its not so cold in the mornings, I'm working out a whole lot better, and I've lost a ton of weight!  I'm actually skinny now.....  I had to go buy new pants and new shirts!  
This is going to be a nice long hot summer, but at least I only have to go through it once ;)  Next week I'll have a year in the mission.......
Elder Pettingill

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

April 11, 2016 - Too busy to write home???

Hey! Sorry no time to write! Baptizms this week, muchos!!!!!   Had to be in the hermanas area for a ton of interviews, but everything's looking great!
Oh and I learned how to make tamales!!!!!