Dear Family and Friends,
This week I had the privilege of traveling close to the Brazilian border. It was great to see the difference between the people and their living style there and compare it to here close to Asuncion. I just have to say, they live a lot more calmly up there. No one gets up before 7, and there is hardly any traffic! Although a good amount of people cross over the border every day to work in Brazil.
It was such an adventure to take a bus for 7 hours and travel up there. One funny thing that happened is that we got a flat tire on our bus at about 12 at night, so we were delayed returning to Asuncion. But other than that, it was smooth traveling!
This week though I learned a few very cool things. One thing I learned is the importance of the Trinity in our lives.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe in God our loving Heavenly Father, in His son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that all three of them are separate beings, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have their own separate bodies of flesh and blood. We believe that the Holy Ghost does not have its own body, and because of that it can help us feel the love of God and make good choices.
Now, I knew all of that before, but what I didn´t realize is how essential they are in our journey towards salvation. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a modern day apostle of the Lord said, “When we bring people into the Church, we baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. In doing so, we are leading them back to the presence of the Father through the ministry, Atonement, and grace of His Son,with the influence of the Holy Ghost guiding them to this goal. We must always keep uppermost in our minds this preeminence of the Godhead as both means and end as we undertake the work of salvation”
Really, our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are working together to lead us back to Heavenly Father! They are united in one purpose – our salvation.
They have laid out a plan with specific instructions, or commandments, that we need to fulfill in order to get back to our Father in Heaven. One of those steps is to become converted to the Lord. Conversion means to really follow God with all our hearts. To be exactly obedient to His will. This conversion “…can come only when there is the realization that He is a real being, an actual person, a literal Father of flesh and bone who speaks and sees and feels, who knows all His children’s names and all their needs, who hears all their prayers, and who wants all His children in His Church. These investigators need to know He has a plan for their salvation and that He has given commandments as to how we find our way back to Him” (Elder Holland).
I add my testimony to this. Heavenly Father really knows us. He sees our weaknesses and our sins, and despite it all, He still loves us so much. He loves us so much that no matter what you have done, or where you have been, as long as your are willing to change and repent, He has promised you full forgiveness if you are obedient to Him. He can heal you; He wants to heal you.
I love every single one of you so much, and I know that God´s love is only tenfold of that. I invite every single one of you to really pray to God this week. To really think of Him as a person and to really tell Him everything – the good and the bad, the funny and the sad. I know that is so doing, you will be able to understand better the love He has for you, and you will have the Holy Ghost with you, which will always lead you to the truth and the path of the Lord.
Hermana Miclyn Noorda