This week I had the coolest experience! Doctrine and Covenants 15:4-6 has really helped me know my purpose as a missionary during the course of my mission. Sometimes, its scary to declare repentance to people, because you don't want to offend them. But...President Archibald told us that it is our job to offend these people so they actually ACT and REPENT. Alma also says many times that as a missionary he has authority to call people unto repentance. So we are working with a lot of less actives here in Peru. One specifically is Alex Espinoza. Alex is 60, inactive, but married to his wife who is active and they are sealed in the temple. He was a seminary teacher for 4 years. He has the strongest testimony of the Book of Mormon and the church. He said to us, ¨I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the church is true. I will never deny it. I just don´t go to church.¨ Well, that kind of triggered my "declare repentance" button. Lets just say I read Mormon 9:3-6 with him and put in his name. I told him I didn't understand how he just ¨didn't go to church¨ with such a strong testimony? I was hard on him...and it was uncomfortable :) But I held my ground, and at the end of the lesson, he said to me, ¨Thank you. You are right and I really needed that¨. Man....It was hard in the moment to call him unto repentance, but I know that is what I have been called to do. I know that as I do that, I am not hurting him, but I am helping him come unto Christ. He is starting to change, and now, I don't have any fear to completely fulfill my calling...because the scriptures never lie, it really works :)
Thanks for all of the support! I love this work, I love this gospel and I love my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to be a part of this gospel. It really blesses lives. I have seen it. Thanks again! Love you all!