Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Feliz Navidad

My first week in San Martin went really well!  It is super beautiful here and although we have only 1 investigator right now, we are working hard to find more people.  Today I just wanted to share one of my favorite scriptures and also give a big birthday shoutout to my girl Toshy!!!! Happy birthday last Friday!  I love love love you and hope you had the BEST 16 birthday ever!  

Ok so this week I would like to share a very well-known scripture, John 3:16; which says:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The thing I have really come to love about learning the Spanish language is how sometimes the scriptures in Spanish have a different meaning than they do in English. John 3:16 in Spanish says:
16 Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo que ha dado a su Hijo Unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.
I know probably none of you understand what that says but I would just like to point out the part that says "para que todo aquel que en el cree no se pierda."  That part in the English scripture says, "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish," but in Spanish the words directly translate into something different.  It changes to "that whosoever believeth in him will not be lost."  I love that so much because it gives the scripture a different meaning-it tells us that whoever believes in Jesus Christ, will not be lost.  Not only that we won't perish like the English version says, but if you simply believe in the very Son of God, you will never ever be lost in your life.  I have been thinking lots about this scripture in Spanish this holiday season and I can truly testify that if we just believe in the greatest being to ever walk the earth - the King of kings, Lord of lords, our very own brother Jesus Christ - we will never. ever. be lost.  I would like to testify to all of you that Christ´s birth was the greatest event in history.  It was the beginning and the end.  It was the end of darkness, spiritual drought, loneliness, and fear.  And yet was the beginning of love, comfort, faith, hope, and salvation.  The birth of God's Only Begotten Son - the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, our Redeemer - changed each and every one of our lives, forever.  Because of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will never be lost again.  "The Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand" and will "never leave you comfortless."  As the Lord promises to us in Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-18 he says:
 17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;
 18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches ofeternity are yours.
The birth of Jesus Christ in the humblest of circumstances was everything.  Remember that the true spirit of Christmas, is only the spirit of Jesus Christ.  I hope that you all have a beautiful Christmas day full of laughter, gratitude, family, and fun.  Recognizing that the birth of the Savior was the greatest act of love from our God Above towards His children.  He didn't ever want us to be lost, so He sent His Son.  So that we may once again be found.
I love you all and I hope you have the best Christmas ever!! Especially you Mom, Dad, Jakers, Toshy, Britt, and Torbs.  I love you all so much.  :)
Quote of the week:
The greatest gift you could give to the Lord at Christmas, or at any other time, is to keep yourself unspotted from the world, and His gift to you will be the peace of knowing that you are prepared to meet Him, whenever that time shall come.
-Elder Russel M. Nelson
Hermana Anika Van Boerum
p.s. sorry if this email didn't make any sense, President cut our emailing time short today!!! ok bye love you all!!

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