Just Keep Climbing…. March 3, 2014

¡Buenas tardes a todos!

Here we are into March!  I hear that it has started more or less like a lamb for you folks in Utah.  For us here, I think that the daily high has been sitting just below 80, with afternoon clouds (but no rain yet).  The days have been mostly pleasant, just a little bit hot in the early afternoons.  We are definitely approaching the rainy season again.
This week has gone well and we have seen progress with many of our investigators.  We actually had seven investigators attend church this week, and many of them are ready to be baptized within the next two or three weeks if all works out.  It is entirely possible.  We just need to make sure to get them ready and help them stay on track once they have dates to be baptized.
Now for why I chose the subject that I did this week.  If we follow the laws of physics, for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.  This seems to be just as true in the work here as it is in the physical world.  For every step of progress that we make in the work, the other side pushes back.  But, if we are diligent and remember that the Lord is with us, these reactions from the enemy become almost pathetic and virtually unnoticeable.  I have met quite a few members during my mission who have commented on how life is more difficult for them when they are active in the church than when they are not.  This is evidence of the spiritual resistance that at times we come to feel.  But, why is it that they have stuck-to-it?  They have a vision, a goal of what they can achieve if they remain firm.
This same principle must be applied by us as missionaries.  First we must apply the Doctrine of Christ to ourselves, something that we teach to all of our investigators.
  1. Faith in Jesus Christ
  2. Repentance
  3. Baptism
  4. Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost
  5. Enduring to the End
We must endure to the end, and many find joy in doing so.
I testify that Jesus the Christ lives and loves each one of us.  If we truly have faith in him and depend on him, the spiritual whirlwinds will not prevail against us.  This is His church and His work.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Sincerely,
Elder Tyler Gardner
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