Monday, November 10, 2014
Elder Adamson's Letter 11/10/2014
Hello everyone! Here´s the week!
San Fernando is cooling off quite a bit this week. The temperature´s haven´t dropped too much, but there is a pretty cold humid wind here. We´re happy though. Sweater weather is definitely coming though.
This week we´ve been dropped by a few investigators but things are going really well with David and Ángela, this week we taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also about the Word of Wisdom. Both of them are coffee drinkers and it´s going to be pretty hard for David to stop according to him, but he´s lowered the amount he´s drinking every day. This week when we were in a lesson, Elder Richardson and Thia were with me because our companions had to go to Fuengirola. While Ángela was talking with Elder Richardson, he asked her about her baptismal date and she said something like "Of course I´m going to get baptized! I´m not going to make these guys come all the way over here for nothing!" ha ha She´s progressing really well, and keeping commitments. She told us last time that she wouldn´t drink another coffee until the next time we came which is this Wednesday, so we´re excited to see how things have gone.
We had a really great Zone Meeting this week in Cádiz on Friday. Elder Rasmussen and Elder Smith asked me to sing "Savior Redeemer of my Soul". It´s been quite a while since I´ve done something like that and I got a little shakey while I was singing, but I loved it. That will always be one of my favorite songs. The zone leaders talked to us about obedience and the Sister training leaders talked to us about helping our investigators come to church. Afterwards, Elder Rasmussen came with me to San Fernando for an intercambio and we had tons of fun. I haven´t been able to see him too much since the CCM and we were really good friends there. It was fun to catch up with him and see how he´s doing.
On Sunday, we brought David to church with us and he really liked it. He stayed for all 3 hours and he said it didn´t even feel long for him which is a good sign if he´s saying that from the start. The ward did a really good job of welcoming him and I think he felt pretty good in the capilla.
Something I forgot to mention before is that the missionaries in Dos Hermanas let me know a little while back that Helton just baptized his son Vitor in the new capilla there, so I was super happy to hear that! :)
One of my favorite scriptures lately has been Phillipians 3:12-14
"12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Here Paul talks about how Christ has already won the battle for us and that he has done what is necessary for us to receive the "prize" that is laid up for us in heaven. He admits that he hasn´t yet reached that point yet, but he leaves behind everything that impedes his progression so he can press forward toward exaltation with the help of Christ. We must leave behind our sins, our pride, and anything else, and once we´ve left it we must not look back, but keep looking forward.
That´s all for this week. Love you guys a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
p.s. the pictures attached are of the Triple Threat (Elder Thia, me, and Elder Richardson)