Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mi primer bautismo

This week was super great and to make my email short I´m only going to share the story of one day. Yesterday:

We had our baptism at 330 and we were eating lunch at 200. it was 300 already so we asked the father of the house to drive us to the church. We arrived at 320 and swept the room super fast and we realized that the font hadn't been emptied and refilled. So we called the bishop to ask how but he told us he wasn't going to be able to come but he told us that it takes 5 hours to fill the font so we just decided to use the dirty old water.

Then the person our investigator (Heidi Plata) picked to baptize told us he wasn't going to do it. So we were freaking out. We were really unprepared and no one was there, it was 345 and no one had showed up and there was something to do at 430. so i was super stressed and I felt so weak. We prayed together and I felt better but no one was there still. Not even the person we were going to baptize. When she showed up, all my doubt and fear and freakingoutness just left and i felt happy. She had a giant smile and a spirit with her. 

She was ready and this was the day for her baptism. So we told her she needed to pick someone else to baptize her and she picked me. At this point I felt super vulnerable and weak. But I realized that this isn't my work. She is here to be baptized to follow the Lord in her life. So I toughened up and got changed. Then when we were walking to take a picture I felt a peace with me. I was so weak cuz i was wearing a silly all white outfit, same with her, and we were unprepared, but in this moment, I felt more close to The Lord than all my mission. I was doing what pleased the Lord. It doesn´t matter about my weaknesses or how I look or what people think. Its about doing what pleases the Lord and following him. 

After being baptized she was asked to share her testimony and she shared her strong testimony then told us that she really wanted her family to come and to be there to witness her baptism. She started to cry. In front of everyone without fear, shame, being embarrassed, or holding back. She had our support. And she really experienced what Lehi experienced when he tasted of the fruit and wanted to share it with his family. 

This very night we visited with her family and invited her brothers to be baptized also and they accepted. Its so special to see her be baptized and to watch her example that will change her life and the life of her family forever. I know that the ordinances of the priesthood are what we need to do to follow the Savior and to be saved. We need to read the Book of Mormon and follow all it says to one day live in happiness with our families forever with a Joy that we still haven´t tasted.

Love you all
Elder Hilton

Monday, May 18, 2015

La mejor semana

This week was the best week of my mission so far! We found so much guidance and success in the spirit. It was the most humbling week and also the most successful. I believe that will always be the case that when were most humble we will have the most success.

Were hoping for our first baptism this week! When we were teaching her i learned a lot! that the lord puts things in our path that we cant do so that we will humble ourselves and rely on him then try again and hell give us success when we do it this way.

It was so nasty cuz i asked for the chicken but as a prank they brought out the tounge! normally its the part like far back of the tounge so it looks like normal meat but they gave me the part most recognizable. the tip. it was like eating my own toungue. it was nasty and it had tastebuds and everything hahahahaha!

Two of my favorite experiences this week
1. We werent sure of two dates to do the baptism so we prayed specifically about them and there was a DISTINCT diffence in my feelings of the two and i cant deny it. i had some doubts at first but i cant deny that i recieved an answer and it was the strongest answer to a prayer ive experienced
2. I got to teach someone that didnt believe in God and I tought him the same way ammon did by talking of a great spirit or energy that keeps everything in balance and that for us thats God and he can try talking to him and he´ll make himself manifest. it was really special and it helped me to know the spirit is all knowing and if we rely on it, it was show us the truth of all things. 

I wish you all luck. Keep reading the Book of Mormon every day and praying.
Elder Hilton

Monday, May 11, 2015

Enjoy Life

Sometimes I fear we have expectations that the good life is the life being led by someone else. The truth is that the good life is the life you have, for it is the only one you can lead. With God’s help, good cheer permits us to rise above the depressing present or difficult circumstances. … It is sunshine when clouds block the light.

Alma 13:13 says that we need to bring Christ fruits worthy of his Grace. But what could be a fruit, or something we could bring him, worthy of what he wants to do for us: Suffer for all we have ever done and give us all joy and peace. I don't think there is one. But all he is asking of us is a broken heart and a contrite spirit and from there we just follow him and bring more unto him and he will give us his Grace. Its incredible to me this gospel. How different of a people we are. But how happy we are and what joy we receive from what we do. I know that we all have struggles in life but if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the Book of Mormon, we learn that in the midst of all our trials and challenges, we can find the joy that Christ brings. I did an activity with the Quorum of Elders this week of a letter that I would send to my family if i only had 5 minutes left to live. And I would tell you guys to read the Book of Mormon. Make and keep covenants with God. and trust that all the joy and happiness with be ours one day and we will be able to live together in the happy state of those that keep the commandments.

I love guys so much and I'm so thankful for such a great familial and such great friends. The world is in a state where there is really really bad stuff but also really really good right now and we have the have the courage to live in the goodness in the light and we´ll be protected from whatever evil the world has to offer.

Most important. ENJOY LIFE!!!! You live among those you love and you have the opportunity to share such sweet experiences with them every day. Love you all and Ill be keeping you updated!!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Todos Juntos Para Siempre

Hello my Friends and Family.

This week was pretty interesting because i was sick for like 5 days of it but it wasnt super bad. i just had a bunch of sleep and i couldnt stay awake in the lessons haha!

I learned a lot about the love God has for us this week. I was reminded of an experience i had in the ward activity where we had like little mini families and i was with Haley Ferguson. In the testimony meeting i remember feeling the spirit so strong. But it was a different spirit from normal. It was the spirit of charity of the love of God. I felt a potent love for my mini family in this activity. and while i was thinking of this in the sacrament i looked around and realized that were all a family. brothers and sisters. the children of God. and i dont have forever to be with them so i have a new motivation to love others this week. and also a new testimony of the gospel. because this gospel is all centered around the goal in mind which is families that will be together forever. and its possible through God. but the way is narrow and strict. I want to help all my brothers and sisters along this path to one day be with them forever.

This week is the cambios and I have a feeling I could be training a new Greengo. That would be really cool!!! But im just going to keep my hope subdued so i dont hope in vain haha!

Love you all!!!!<3
Elder Hilton