June 19, 2017 12:40 p.m. Comas Lima Peru
Tengo 5 meses aca LOCO (I’ve been here 5 months – CRAZY)
I am studying a lot about faith. I can see how important the small acts of faith are (Decimos OLA – orar, leer, y asistir (We say OLA – pray, read and serve)). In the beginning of every lesson, we verificar su OLA (check our OLA). We do this because that’s the way that we receive answers to the questions of the soul, and how we nurture our faith in Christ. AND how we keep the commandments. We know D&C 130:20-21 (see below), if we want something from God (wisdom, health, gift of tongues, peace, understanding, forgiveness, charity…), we need to obey the commandments, then He will bless us. Also, D&C 82:10 (see below) we learn that the blessings are promised, but only according to our doing what He says. I love the example of Christ. The first thing He said when he came to the Americas was:
- Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
- And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
More than anything else he showed us an example of doing what God says.
I love the talk ¨Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it¨ by Elder Clayton. He said:
“It may seem hard to draw a connection between the basic daily acts of obedience and solutions to the big, complicated problems we face. But they are related. In my experience, getting the little daily habits of faith right is the single best way to fortify ourselves against the troubles of life, whatever they may be. Small acts of faith, even when they seem insignificant or entirely disconnected from the specific problems that vex us, bless us in all we do.
Things work out when we stand firm during the ‘trial of [our] faith,’ however hard that test may be to endure or slow the answer may be in coming. I am not speaking of ‘blind obedience’ but of thoughtful confidence in the perfect love and the perfect timing of the Lord. When we trust and follow Him, our lives, like water to wine, are transformed. We become something more and better than we ever otherwise could be. Trust in the Lord, and ‘whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
I’ve also been studying in Alma 32:
- But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
- Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
- And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
- But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
- And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, nether shall ye thirst.
- Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
I testify of the power of the little things. If you feel like you are lacking something in your life, if you don´t quite feel like yourself (like me a few days this week), read the Book of Mormon, and read it deeply. (That doesn’t require a lot of time, just some real intent and some ferviente oracion (fervent prayer)). God will heal you. He will change your heart. He will help you to be cheerful! and at peace.
I love you all!
P.S. By the way, that gigante palta es de Tony Huaman nuestro converso, de un arbol al lado de su casa. (that huge avocado is from Tony Huaman our convert, from a tree next to his house – see photos) He’s the best.
- There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated –
- And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
- I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.