It was Elder Gonzales’ birthday this week! The branch threw a party as part of our ward mission night.
The standard biting of the cake.
Yes, I was present. No, I am not (too) crazy
A good birthday followed by chicken at El Meson.
So, transfers were last week and I am still in Jauja. I am still with Elder Pizarro. We are still having a blast.
On our division, we also found a cute little dog! Her name is Lady.
Yes, she is a stray (and probably has fleas), but she is our stray. All of the big bad dogs try to follow her around, but I just kick them.
This week, we have been working on putting together a big mission plan for the branch. Things are ready to get moving here in Jauja. I’d like to share part of that plan to show how we are going to tackle this most upsetting situation.
First and foremost, the plan is divided in four phases. Each of the phases has a list of ideas for the branch to get things to work, along with a ton of scriptures, which I will list under each of the phases.
Phase 1 – Fortify Branch and Establish the Cause of Zion
D&C 6:6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion;
D&C 64:33-34 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.
Phase 2 – Become a Fully-Functioning Ward
Mosiah 18:19-21 And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people. And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
D&C 107:99-100 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.
Phase 3 – Divide the Ward
D&C 82:14 For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.
Alma 31:5 And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.
Phase 4 – Become a Stake and Endure to the End
Moses 1:39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
D&C 18:10-17 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath arisen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.
If there is one thing that I have learned from all of the hard areas of the mission, it is that there needs to be a well organized plan, with goals, actions, and, of course, a final goal. We presented this plan to the members, with all of our ideas, and they all took it at once. The leaders were actually excited to get working. We are excited to get working, and of course, the Lord is probably very pleased.
I know that this is the Work of the Lord and it is His Work of Salvation. He is interested in all of the details of our lives, and especially in His plan and His work. He loves each and every one of us and desires our salvation, for behold, this is His work and His glory!
Jauja is progressing, and it is ready for a huge change. I just hope that all works well.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure. Hope that you all have one as well!
With many llamas,
On our division this week, Elder Fitzgerald and I found a gigantic spider in their room. It started to climb the walls, so we killed it.