Monday, July 28, 2014

Emily sent the following email on Monday, July 28, 2014:

Hey Mom and dad !!!

Here are some of the things that happened this week:

Here is a cool story about Hna. Escobar.  She really knows that she can trust us.  My heart goes out to her because she has such humble living conditions, but at the same time she gives so much.  This week we saw her and she'd been sick for a few days.  The next day she went to the medical clinic.  I'm so glad she trusted us enough to call us because that evening she called us and told us that she needed to go to the emergency room.  She didn't want us to tell anyone though.  We asked her if she needed us to come to where she was or how we could help.  She told us that if we were going to come to her, she would come with us, but otherwise she was going to go by bus.  We can't drive members anywhere.  We were back to our car after visiting a less active and headed toward another apt. As I was on the phone with her, I felt caught in a midst of confusion without a solution, and no where to turn when 6 feet away, Hna Davila cruises by.  Hna. Davila is Hna. Escobar's best friend.  We chase her down and make a phone call back to Hna. Escobar.  We didn't know how to tell Hna. Davila without betraying the confidence that Hna. Escobar had placed in us.  Hna. Davila spoke up when she heard Hna. Escobar's voice and took control of the situation and told her she would be there in 10 minutes to pick her up.  I know we were in the right place at the right time.  Hna. Davila also was in the right place at the right time.  

We had dinner with German and Francisca.  They are the cutest couple!  Something wonderful about German is that he understand that the covenants he makes with God are serious.   This can sometimes work in the negative when we think that the commitments are too big and that we aren't good enough.  The next step for German is going to be receiving the Melchizedek priesthood.  The bishop has told him that he is ready but German does't feel ready to take such a big step.  We got to share a lot of scriptures and thoughts with him and he made a lot of discoveries.  

We talked about how we don't need to be perfect.  Perfection is something unique and identifying of Jesus Christ.  Perfection for us will never be reached in this lifetime because in this lifetime we will never stop being human.  

Sometimes we have this little voice inside our heads that tells us that if we try hard enough we can do it and we can be perfect.  If we take this a little farther, we could say that this same voice, then, is also saying that we can do it on our own and we don't need help and we don't need Christ.  So this voice that starts out very innocent is actually anti-Christ.  It makes us think that we don't need his grace and we don't need him.  

We are supposed to be perfected in Christ.  In Moroni 10: 32, 33 it tells us that we should love God with all our soul, mind, and strength and then will his grace be sufficient so that for his grace we will be perfect in Christ.  Then the verse reaffirms that it is by the grace of God that we are perfect in Christ.  It's interesting to think about what all this means.  We need to accept his grace.  What does that mean to you?  How do we accept Christ's grace in our lives?  

German discovered that our Lord came to help people that weren't perfect.  Those are the ones that Christ invites to take advantage of his sacrifice.  When we asked him about how he could let the atonement work for him, he talked about having faith in Christ and about repentance.  That faith must also be faith that repentance truly cleanses and we have to accept that forgiveness so that we are not denying the power of Christ.  

It was such a spiritual experience and I felt so confident that God is very aware of our imperfect nature as humans.  I know the gospel was created for us as humans.  I know Heavenly Father knows us and knows that we are weak.  German got a little choked up a few times during our conversation with him.  I see how hard he is striving to be a man of God.  The more I see of his weaknesses, the more touched I am by his faith and his understanding of the nature of God and the gospel and how progression works.  German said that they have to be constantly advancing because they are members of the church.  Being a member of the church is a continual battle, but once we are soldiers and we are in the battle, we just have to give it all we've got.  When I look at German I see so much strength, but I also know him so well that I've seen his weaknesses, their weaknesses.  When I see German scared to make another covenant with God or struggling to pay his tithing, I just love him even more.  The more weak I see that he is, the more I love him.  I would also say that when God sees our weaknesses and our debilities, but he sees us coming to him with faith, that he loves us even more.  ether 12:27.  I told german his name was in the footnotes.  

I love this gospel.  I love you two so much <3  You are my favorite people on the whole earth.  I can't even wait until we can be together again.  Heavenly Father couldn't have given me any better parents or better best friends para siempre.  

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