Elder Luke is serving the Lord as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He will be serving in the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission from December 2013 through December 2015. Follow his adventure here.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Really it isn't a time to rest but it is a time for spiritual exercise
I know that you have been probably worried because I didn't write yesterday. Well I was asked to go to Guayaquil for a council of
leaders of the mission. To be honest I didn't want to go. I was thinking that I was going to wake up early and lose sleep and spend money going to Guayaquil. I wanted to do other things other than listen to more teachings. Well I wasn't
going to say no. We got there very well and in short words, I am grateful that God had inspired someone to permit me to be in that council. I learned so much
and I felt so powerfully the spirit testify of such teachings.
What I learned is about the Sabbath day. I don't know if in
the states they are putting a lot of emphasis on this subject, but recently it
came out here. What I learned is that I wasn't keeping the Sabbath day holy, not even
as a family. I think we need to change. Our president shared a few scriptures
about how the Sabbath day we don't do our own will. What does that mean? We aren't
aloud to do what we want. What normally we did which is our will and not the
will of God is that we watched movies on Sunday. Sunday is a day to be apart from the world and such things keep us from riding on the high tops as it says
in Isaiah 58:13-14. Sometimes we went to play baseball or futball. We
went to do somethings that I found isn't correct. Even reading a magazine/book
that isn't of the church is doing our will. football games, etc. I don't write
this to offend. But if we read the scriptures then we will come to realize what
we can do to take advantage of Sunday. Its not just a muscle rest. Really it
isn't a time to rest but it is a time for spiritual exercise. A day we
can lock up the telephone and facebook and search for spiritual insight. We have
so many tools given to us from God through the church that we can use so that
that day is not our day yet its the day of the Lord, a delight and something
Well some thoughts that I have had, but a lot of things I am going to be learning soon. These teachings didn't come from President Dennis
but it came from Elder Bednar and the other apostles and God himself brought to
us through his prophet of old. I learned that if we focus more on how we
can sanctify the sabbath day then this will augment the progress of the church in
I also realized that as a missionary my sabbath day is
everyday. because everyday I should be dedicated to god. I hope that
this can change our familia little by little because its something I learned that
we as a family need to work on. who are we to take away the day of the
lord. Its His day, not ours.
Also this week we had the baptism. It was really nice and spiritual. This month of August has been very awesome for
the mission. We complete the month when the goal was 97 and we ended with 101
baptisms. Its the first time in 1 year that we have completed the goal. but this
time our goal and logros were people converted, because before we baptized
like 300 people in one month but they were future less active people not really converted. Now we have changed so much as a mission.
Its funny I have little time left in the mission, but I just feel even more animated to
WORK WORK WORK, That's how we have the spirit and we are able to
bring to pass the work of God.
I love you mom, I wish a very good
week for all the family.
p.s. a few
scriptures about the sabbath day. Meditate in them and what it teaches