Monday, July 21, 2014

WAKE UP! And stop hitting the snooze button...

I think it is finally time to write about the Gutiérrez family.   
We met Hermano Gutiérrez one hot day about two months ago, standing outside his house. As we passed by, our whiteness caught his attention and so he yelled out a few English words (Honestly, I don’t remember what they were) and so we stopped to talk with him for awhile. We explained to him that no, we are not tourists, but rather missionaries here in MX for a year and a half. He had gotten to know quite a few churches in his lifetime and so I asked him why he thought we have so many religions. He didn’t have a straight answer for that, so we asked him if we could come back to meet with him and his family later that week. 
When we went back we taught only him because his wife wasn't interested 
and his three daughters were busy, but as we went back to visit them, little by little his family joined into the conversations.

About two short months later, and many small changes that they have made, 
this family of 5 is preparing to make the sacred covenant with our Father in Heaven to be baptized. I can’t say that the decisión was a quick one, or that their lives changed from night to morning, but watching them accept this incredible message and choose to follow the example of the Saviour has been one of the most beautiful blessings I have had here on the misión.

For some people, the desire to listen and act comes quickly. As though they already had a little coal of belief sleeping in their hearts and suddenly the doctrine that we teach ignites something bright and fierce inside them that urges them to make a decisión right away. But for the majority of the people that I have met, it just doesn’t seem to work like that. It begins with a small little feeling that can’t really be explained.

 I imagine it is something like that feeling you have when you are almost awake, before the alarm goes off. Like, you know something big and life changing 
is about to happen, but you are not quite conscious enough to fully notice it. Actually, I think that’s might how we all are at some point in our lives. 
We are all here living, but not a hundred percent awake. 
And if we could just shake off the sleep a little bit more, 
we would notice the grand plans that Heavenly Father has for us.

Maybe that’s the whole struggle in life: Waking up enough so that God can fully guide us to the people we need to know and the places we need to be. 
I know that it might not always be easy, following what He is urging us to do, 
but that if we will do it then life will turn out 100% better. 
What better person to put our trust in, than in Him knows it all?

"O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it." (2 Nephi 9:20, The Book of Mormon)

So that’s my invitation this week. WAKE UP! Choose not to push snooze. 

Con mucho amor, Hermana Jones

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