Monday, June 20, 2016

Special Training

I'll keep this one shorter. We've had a pretty busy week! But one of the highlights of the week was definitely the training President and Sister Rahlf gave this last week to all the missionaries. This was really their last time to see all the missionaries again before they go home. Their topic was perfect as a last topic. It was about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it really is an "infinite atonement" It was an awesome training. After the training, they cut all our ties/clothes to add to their mission quilt they will be making with all the ties/clothes of all the missionaries who have served during their time as Mission President and Wife. I had a tie cut that was given to our Priest's Quorum way back when I was still 16! It was the tie I wore on my first day here in the Cauayan mission so I thought it would be fitting to include in the Cauayan Mission Quilt! 

The Ruiz family is doing really really well! Brother Michael even left work without permission to be able to at least make it to a little bit of church yesterday. We changed Sister Jessa's baptismal date to July 16 so they'll be able to be baptized together as a family! We're sooooooooo excited for them and we're really starting to see changes in Brother Michael. Greg and Cristina Dela Cruz are also doing awesome! They came with us last Sunday to work and visit some other couples we were teaching. Its so effective to have a recent convert couple with you to teach. Brother John Paul and Sister Eva Pascua are also preparing for baptism this week! Sister Eva also is looking forward to the day when she can take her deceased husband's name to the temple! 

But other than that, its been a great week! We've been having several meetings in preparation for the upcoming transfer. Also got to go on some exchanges with Elder Haacke from Pocatello, ID and Elder Treyes (one of my former companions) Its been a great week.

Heres just 2 quotes that President shared with us from his training, 

“One does not speak lightly of the Atonement or casually express appreciation.  It is the most sacred and sublime event in eternity.  It deserves our most intense thoughts, our most profound feelings, and our noblest deeds.  One speaks of it in reverential tones; one contemplates it in awe; one learns of it in solemnity, now and throughout eternity.”     - Elder Tad R. Callister

“…the Atonement of the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh is the crucial foundation upon which all Christian doctrine rests and the greatest expression of divine love this world has ever been given.  Its importance in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot be overstated.  Every other principle, commandment, and virtue of the restored gospel draws its significance from this pivotal event.”     - Jeffery R. Holland

Have a great week!

Elder Navarro

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