What Is Your Temperature?

Ian's baptism this week. He's grandson of the older lady in the picture.

Ian’s baptism this week. He’s grandson of the older lady in the picture.

He's a short little feller.

He’s a short little feller.

Revelation 3:15-16

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

Yesterday, we had a special stake conference attended by a member of the Area Seventy. He had a great talk about conversion. He started by sharing this scripture. He also went ahead and shared the original Greek translation. Instead of Hot and Cold, John really wanted to say Frozen and Boiling. A little bit more interesting, right? So, then he asked us all the question, What is your temperature?

He told us that since we all have testimonies that the Church is true, we cannot be frozen anymore, but lukewarm. That is the minimum after getting a testimony. We know it is true, the Lord has testified that it is true, and we are the left to act on it. However, are we just lukewarm? Or are we boiling? Boiling is having the will to act on that flame. Boiling is true conversion to the Lord. He then offered three points on how we can be boiling and not just lukewarm.

  1. Scripture Study — what is your temperature?
  2. How we treat others — what is your temperature? (He also stated that general authorities find that this is the greatest key indicator for conversion)
  3. Tithing and Offerings — what is your temperature?

This was the most inspiring talk that I have heard my whole mission and I hope that these thoughts can help you be better converted. He told us that all commandments and other things within the will of the Lord can be measured this way. Act, then you shall be boiling.

Ether 12:26-28

26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.

 

So that’s what I learned this week. The work continues. It is still hard, but it is starting to give fruit. I am really excited to see where things go. I only have three more weeks as a missionary in the field, and it still blows my mind. I have no idea how badly life will hit me. At least I have two fantastic companions — Elder Fitzgerald and the Spirit of the Lord. I know that He is interested in my life and in your lives. He works through many mysterious ways to bring to pass His work. Trust Him and you will see how things change.

Anyway, that’s about it for this week. I sure do love you all. Have a great week! I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

PS — Mom! Your birthday package arrived, finally. Better late than never! As you can see we really enjoyed the Mac & Cheese, and the birthday cake.

We went to Hermana Lucha's house this week and made Mac and Cheese.

We went to Hermana Lucha’s house this week and made Mac and Cheese.

It was pretty good.

It was pretty good.

I even tried to eat the pot.

I even tried to eat the pot.

Elder Fitzgerald also loved it

Elder Fitzgerald also loved it.

Then we made my cake mix! Mom's birthday box finally arrived. This is the oven. It worked really well.

Then we made my cake mix! Mom’s birthday box finally arrived. This is the oven. It worked really well.

It came out pretty tasty.

It came out pretty tasty.

I even frosted it.

I even frosted it.

A good cake for a good family.

A good cake for a good family.

These Are His Seed

Shucking corn for a lady in need.

Shucking corn for a lady in need.

The corn here comes out in various colors. This is Delia, a sister who takes care of her 93-year-old father just like Dad took care of Granddad.

The corn here comes out in various colors. This is Delia, a sister who takes care of her 93-year-old father just like Dad took care of Granddad.

We went to Muqui (man have I got some awesome stories to tell you about this place) and climbed up the old bell tower.

We went to Muqui (man have I got some awesome stories to tell you about this place) and climbed up the old bell tower.

Mosiah 15:5-20, 26-31

And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.

And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.

And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed?

Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.

For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?

Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed.

And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!

And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!

And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace!

And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!

And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;

For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.

But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.

But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.

Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim.

And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

Yea, Lord, thy watchmen shall lift up their voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

 

So, I was studying the words of Abinadi this week. And well, these words basically sum up everything that I feel about the Savior. I know that He is the Son of God and that He is our Redeemer. Come unto Him.

Lots of potatoes in Perú.

Lots of potatoes in Perú.

Amelia -- I got back on the "Pistachio train" last night. So good. Couldn't stop.

Amelia — I got back on the “Pistachio train” last night. So good. Couldn’t stop.

This week has been really great. I can feel the hastening of the Work, especially since I am now in my last transfer. There is so much to be done in so little time. I know that the Lord has much in store for Jauja. Members that haven’t come in years are starting to come back, and many things are just working out. The branch president is enjoying us four missionaries, and it feels like we are working together really well. Yesterday we had 82 people in Sacrament Meeting, which was just so fantastic. I know that the Lord is mindful of this part of the vineyard. He is really there.

We had a baptism in Jauja!

We had a baptism in Jauja!

Tons of people traveled half an hour with us to get there at 8:00 AM Sunday morning. It was so great to have so much support.

Tons of people traveled half an hour with us to get there at 8:00 AM Sunday morning. It was so great to have so much support.

We held the baptism in the Thermal Baths of Acaya. It was a great service.

We held the baptism in the Thermal Baths of Acaya. It was a great service.

There really isn’t much else to say today. I know that my letters have gotten boring… but that’s because I don’t have much time left. Hope that you all have a great week and that you have a great adventure. I’m off to have an adventure — we are headed for a multi-zone barbecue in Chupaca.

With many llamas,

David

My birthday was on Thursday! Hermano Maximo and Hermana Olinda remembered and celebrated it.

My birthday was on Thursday! Hermano Maximo and Hermana Olinda remembered and celebrated it.

My ever-trusty companions at my party.

My ever-trusty companions at my party.

They must know that I love manjar (dulce de leche), because the cake was covered in it.

They must know that I love manjar (dulce de leche), because the cake was covered in it.

Blowing out the candles.

Blowing out the candles.

The necessary bite. (I think we'd call it a face plant in English.)

The necessary bite. (I think we’d call it a face plant in English.)

Even the Pacahuala family celebrated my birthday.

Even the Pacahuala family celebrated my birthday.

They must have known that I also love chocolate frosting because this cake was covered in it.

They must have known that I also love chocolate frosting because this cake was covered in it.

There Was a Change Wrought Upon Them

Elder Mercado and I in our matching ties. We're cools.

Elder Mercado and I in our matching ties. We’re cools.

So, there were emergency transfers in the district this week. Three of the elders, including my companion, all were sent to different areas in the mission. I have Elder Mercado now. He is from Costa Rica and has eight months in the mission. President Henderson has sent him to be with me to learn how to be a district leader. I imagine that I will finish the mission with him. It seems like we will get along really well, so it is a good change. I’m certain that we will have a ton of success.

There isn’t much else to report, really. Things are still trucking along in good ol’ Jauja. The darkness is starting to disappear and things are getting a lot better. We had a baptism in the branch and it was a great service. I was really happy to see someone make sacred covenants.

Cristany was finally baptized! Her mother made the gown for her older sister, and she wanted to use it. Christany is the first member in her family.

Cristany was finally baptized! Her mother made the gown for her older sister, and she wanted to use it. Christany is the first member in her family.

Look at MY camera!

Look at MY camera!

The Jauja elders and a baptism.

The Jauja elders and a baptism.

Cristany and her friends.

Cristany and her friends.

Sorry for the short update, but there really isn’t anything else to report! I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that God is our Heavenly Father. This is the true gospel! Hold to the Rod! The IRON ROD!

Anyway, have a great adventure this week. I’m off to have my own, with my new companion!

With many llamas,

David

Some interesting image of which I have no interpretation.

Some interesting image of which I have no interpretation.

"Born in Hell" is probably the funniest thing I have seen on a Peruvian car. They probably have no idea what it means.

“Born in Hell” is probably the funniest thing I have seen on a Peruvian car. They probably have no idea what it means.

This is a Peruvian facility (which is a word I understand better because of Spanish - facil = easy) where they farm trout.

This is a Peruvian facility (which is a word I understand better because of Spanish – facil = easy) where they farm trout.

Gigantic fresh water trout.

Gigantic freshwater trout.

Time Passes, People Move

Maximo is hugging a toad.

Maximo is hugging a toad.

I think I make a good toad. What do you think?

I think I make a good toad. What do you think?

Is this pose better?

Is this pose better?

Well, we are in May. What. How can that be? Wasn’t it JUST July of 2012? Am I really finishing in just over two months? That isn’t possible. I can’t believe it.

Anyway, quote of the day from Elder Fitzgerald – “Ever since I moved to Perú, I just want to eat chocolate each day.” Is it because of the lack of good chocolate? Is it the high sodium (salt) diet? I’ll let you all decide.

Our district!

Our district!

So, this week has been pretty awesome. We are really focusing on the less-active and inactive families. We have had seven lessons with less actives, but that doesn’t include the lessons with part-member families that we’ve been teaching. The work is progressing here in Jauja, and I am super excited.

Me with God's glorious creations.

Me with God’s glorious creations.

Laguna de Paca

Laguna de Paca

I’ve been working on diligence this past week (no, it isn’t because I’m trunky…). I really feel that I need to just go down fighting. Having just over two months is nothing. I have a transfer and two-thirds left. I can’t believe it. It is coming way too quickly. But, diligence is the antidote to being worried about the future. We are diligent with what the Lord has given us, trust Him, and then He takes care of all of the details.

We’ve been seeing that principle here. We finally had a baptism (the other elders) in Jauja and things are lightening up. We can feel a difference in the atmosphere of the city and things are starting to fill with Light. The enemy of all righteousness isn’t happy. He worked so hard last week to stop that baptism — he targeted the boy’s mother’s insecurity about the truth of the work. He tried to make the young man who was about to baptized have “hot” feet (the water was really warm!). He did everything in his power. But we, including the Lord, beat him. We are really ready to get moving.

About the plan that I mentioned last week, the stake president even likes it, and might even use it as a basis for the rest of the stake. Wow. It just goes to show that sometimes people just need a game plan to get moving. I hope they take it and make progress.

So, that’s about it for the week. Things are trucking along. I love the work and the Lord. Have a great adventure!

With many llamas,

David

The sisters sat in the back of the car because they wanted to get a different view!

The sisters sat in the back of the car because they wanted to get a different view!

All right, I learned my lesson. Baking powder loses its punch after several months. (Actually, almost a year.)

All right, I learned my lesson. Baking powder loses its punch after several months. (Actually, almost a year.)

I shouldn't have cooked the brownies in a pan greased by pure butter...

I shouldn’t have cooked the brownies in a pan greased by pure butter…

 THE FIRST BAPTISM IN JAUJA SINCE NOVEMBER!!

THE FIRST BAPTISM IN JAUJA SINCE NOVEMBER!!

 

A little kid in our branch makes awesome clay figures of Pokémon.

A little kid in our branch makes awesome clay figures of Pokémon.

He LOVES these little pocket monsters.

He LOVES these little pocket monsters.

 

They Were of One Heart and One Mind

We put the snowman up on our window. I think it helps with the curb appeal.

We put the snowman up on our window. I think it helps with the curb appeal.

So, this week I thought I’d try something different. Instead of only just talking about some of the random things that happened this week, I’d talk about something that I’ve been thinking and studying about for the last week. I’d first like to thank Dad for reminding me of this idea as it really helps me as a missionary help others.

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Thanksgiving in Peru Isn’t Super Awesome

Well, about that title, I mean it because Thanksgiving doesn’t even exist here in Peru. They had a religious festival, but they were celebrating some saint or some “Señor de Los Milagros” that changed the way the Catholic church works or something here. It wasn’t too bad, though. We had our own celebration in our room with some ice cream and some fruit juice (which was a bad combo — I warned my companion!). We talked about things that we were grateful for, and it was a nice celebration. Next Thanksgiving I’ll be able to celebrate it at home! I didn’t get too homesick… but I imagine that Christmas will probably be tough.

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Just a Normal Week in Huancayo

Well, it has been another week in Huancayo. We’re having a blast and are really enjoying all of the many surprises that Huancayo and, well, Perú in general have to offer. For starters, we thoroughly enjoyed a Santiago/Fiesta that was basically right outside our window. Well, it wasn’t actually RIGHT outside our window, but it sure did seem that way. It was actually behind the houses across the street, so even though we couldn’t see it, we sure could hear it! I do not love having a hard time going to sleep some nights, but at least THEY enjoyed themselves. It makes me wonder how Perú would be with sound ordinance laws…

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We are All Enlisted ‘Til the Conflict is O’er!

Well, I’m approaching a year and with another transfer of eight weeks this transfer, the math makes it look like I’ll be coming home in a year from this week or last, depending on how it actually turns out. That’s pretty darned crazy, but that’s how it rolls. Can’t honestly believe that the time has gone by so fast. And now that I’m basically on the ‘bajada’ or ‘down-hill’ part of the mission, it will probably end up going faster. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this next year. I hope I’m ready for it.

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