Monday, October 6, 2014

I Love Spain

This past week has been amazing. We have been so blessed to hear from the apostles, prophet, and other amazing speakers.   We watched conference in the Chapel.  We could only watch two of the sessions live, and only watched four of the five.  We will watch the last one on Friday. We had zone conference as well this week and our mission president spoke to us. It was amazing.  He talked about how the atonement applies to our lives in so many different ways. It's not only a cleansing power it's an enabling power in our lives. I know that's true. I know that God gives us challenges so that we can learn how to rely on him, and so that we can understand how to overcome and persevere even when it gets tough. Rely on him ESPECIALLY when it gets tough. Coming out to Spain has really opened my eyes on how little we can do by ourselves because we can do absolutely NOTHING without God. We can try, but the only true way to reach our full potential is to lean on him completely. I know that that's what I need in order to bring people to Christ in this area of the world.

The Spanish is coming. I thought I knew Spanish, but I was sorely disillusioned;)

Being a missionary is difficult, but I love being a missionary and I love being able to teach other people the good news that they can become better through Christ. Right now we are trying to find people to teach, and it's been pretty difficult.  Everyone thinks we are Testigos de Jehovah (Jehovah's witnesses).  We have to explain calmly that no, we believe in Jesus Christ being Jehovah, in blood transfusions, and in celebrating birthdays.  Hurray for our friends, the Testigos,  There's a lot of misconception that certain missions are more difficult than others, and that people are more receptive to the Gospel in different places in the world and others are not. This is not true. I know that God is equally as powerful in changing the hearts of his children through his servants in any country or city throughout the whole world. The scriptures tell us this exact thing:  The field is not "brown, plowed and ready to be planted", it is "white and ready to harvest". We are not being sent out to sow seeds, we are being sent out to harvest. We see miracles every day that really testify to me that God will provide a way for us to accomplish his work and bring souls unto Him. 

I love being out here. We have had the opportunity to challenge an investigator to baptism, and while she's unsure, we hope that soon she will be baptized. We are also working with a daughter of a member who has never been baptized but has recently decided that she wants to. She's amazing, and we can't wait for her baptism. 

Remember that we have weaknesses so that they can become strengths. Remember that God didn't send anyone of us here to fail, He sent us here so that we can learn, grow, and become better, even when it's painful. Remember that the Atonement is both a cleansing AND an enabling power. We can use it to become better, and realize who we are supposed to be.
Love you all.

Thank you for your love and support,
Elder Weenig

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