Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Riobamba 8.10.15


So i am starting to get in the groove of Riobamba!  This week the members made me feel so welcome on my birthday.  I will attach some pictures!  One thing i am loving about Riobamba is that the members are giving us REFERENCES!! A lot and we are seeing so much success and blessings because of it!   I feel like every week there are so many little miracles and things i could tell you, but i forget.  Mostly just know that the spirit is the best teacher and that i am LOVING this time with Hermana Costa!

Ok so mom wanted me to maybe send a little but of my insights talking about testimony and i think i have a few things to say on the matter!

First, if you want to gain a stronger testimony, there are three things that should become the main focus of your life.  They are
church attendance (attending all three meetings every sunday)
DAILY, MEANINGFUL scripture study
Daily prayer, (family and personal)

These three important things are the KEY to developing a strong testimony, a testimony that should be founded on the Savior Jesus Christ.
When we attend church, the most important thing that we should do is focus on the Savior.  Family and friend relationships are important, and should be strengthened while attending church... but if your heart is not focused on the Savior and His sacrifice (particularmente while you take the sacrament) your church attendance really cant serve you in the long run.  As the Savior speaks in 3 nephi 18 when Christ institutes the sacrament.

 12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.

 13 But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them, they shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.

The second is daily scripture study.  A while back in my mission, President Christensen asked me what I was doing to strengthen my personal testimony.  I told him that i really didnt know.  He told me that i had to find a way to strengthen my testimony and suggested that i apply the Book of Mormon to my own life, everyday-focusing on the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.  As i have done this i have seen the blessings and my love for this book has grown immensly.  It is the foundation of my the testimony that i have of this church.

Third, daily and sincere prayer.  I have always prayed daily, my whole life.  But there have been many instances in which my prayers have been less than sincere.  As i have made the goal to truly converse with my Father in Heaven, i have felt His life, and learned to trust in Him and His timing.

On my mission, the truths of the gospel have become rooted deep into my heart.  I love them. As i ponder them, my heart and mind are filled with light, love, and understanding.  I know my Savior lives.  I know that His church was restored through the prophet Jospeh Smith, and that the evidence of this marvelous restoration is found in the Book of Mormon, which is the truest book that has ever been written.  How blessed we are to know of these beautiful truths, that allow us eternal happiness-happiness that will be felt with our dearest loved ones forever and ever.

Los quiero con todo mi corazón.

Hermana Neff

I taught the district how to sing happy birthday in english
the tradition here in ecuador is to shove the persons face in the cake.... 

The district bought me tres leches. Delicious!
i told you it was tradition 
I have fallen in love with fried fish
i did divisions with Hermana Sangredi and it went great! She is from Bolivia the same city as my trainer.  
they took us to get papi pollo which is an ADDICTION 

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