SAIGEABAMBA, BOLIVIA
Beware lest any man spoil you
Wednesday Mar 23 2016

It´s natural for man to have questions and to not understand all things. It’s not natural for man to have a perfect faith whatsoever. However, through faith man can receive unexplainable answers. This week my comp. And have been teaching a philosopher, he doesn’t know if God exists, nor does he know how he can find out. We have been working with him on how he can grow his faith through prayer every day. We were studying in our scriptures to help our investigator understand the importance of his relationship with God so that he can receive answers to his questions.

In Colossians 2:8 it says, “Beware lest any man spoil you though philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

I love to teach our investigators about the importance of their own personal relationship with God. This makes me think about how blessed we are to have a modern day prophet that doesn’t teach us about their relationship with God but we listen to their beautiful counsel about the importance of having our own personal friendship with God.

I believe that following the commandments, is like flying a kite. Imagine that were the body of the kite. A kite fly’s in the air by the power of what? The strings with the help of wind! Now if someone were to cut the strings, would the kite fly higher or would it come crashing dow to the ground? Good job! It would come crashing down to the ground. Haha Now, imagine that every string you hold is a commandment, and instead of the kite crashing down, the commandments of Jesus Christ revealed through prophets, allow us to soar in the air!

People often feel that having to follow and keep the commandments are keeping us from living our lives the best way. However, the commandments really allow us to contently soar throughout life! No matter how chaotic the wind might become. The blessings are beautiful. We don’t HAVE to follow them, we GET to!

In 1 Nephi 18 it talks about how Nephi was commanded to build a ship, and Nephi’s brothers didn’t think they he could build it. Nephi knew that if he was commanded, that he could. After he built the ship, not after the manner of man, but in the way that the Lord had shown him how. His brothers saw that it was good. And the Lord had provided much for them and they were safe. In verse 9 it says, “And after we had been driven forth before the wind for the space of many days, behold, my brethren, and the sons of Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they began to dance, and to sing, and to speak rudeness, yea, even that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea, they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness.” They became very prideful.

In Ether 6 the brothers of Jared are in a ship and the wind was blowing and they were buried in the deep but there was no water that could hurt them. Now in verse 9 it says, “And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long, and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.” And they did soon after arrive in the Promised Land.

When we put all of our trust in the Lord that He is the only way to the Promised Land and eternal life, he will deliver unto us, the Promised Land and eternal life.

This week I have been trying to recognize when I might become a little prideful, that instead of thinking I did something well, that I need to thank Heavenly Father for what he has allowed me to be able to do.

Studying the Christ-like attributes are really so special! I challenge you all to study Christ-like attributes and pray for opportunities to develop these attributes. It might be hard for a bit, but I promise you that the Lord will help you along the way.

This week was great, we had Taylor G. Godoy from the 70 come and speak to us with his wife. My MTC president’s son baptized him. How awesome! Let us all lift up our torches of Humbleness and share our love with the world.

I love you all! PS It was Amberleigh´s birthday on the 18th, HAPPY BIRTHDAY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND MISS YOU!



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Hermana Geertsen

Called to serve in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Feb 2016 - Aug 2017
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