Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16 in Carlos A. Carillo

Woooowwwww..... Well Tuxtapec is way different than all my other zones. It’s also way cool. This may be my favorite area, we’ll see.

Stuff that’s happened this week? Well, what more to say than it was a super good week. Numbers wise, it was the best week I’ve ever had. We went out and worked our guts out this week. We only found 5 people, and none of them came to church, but the resources to find people are here. I just gotta get to know the area a little better and then were going to start seeing a ton of success. But, in the time I’ve been here, we’ve already found basically 3 people who are almost certainly going to get baptized this transfer. (Actually make that 5. We found 2 more last night.) That’s super cool. I know this week we’re going to find more people and have more success, because the Lord directs the work.  

Something that I am seeing as I study the Bible more and more, is that God doesn’t change. He does things the same way without end because His way is perfect. The thing that He’s always done is call prophets. From the days of ADAM He has called prophets. They have always been men who are taught by Him, His gospel, and then go to teach it to His people. Then, the people listen, but after a time reject the prophets, many times killing them. Because they don’t want to return to God in this moment, He either lets them be, or, if they’re too wicked, He destroys them. Then He sends another prophet. This is basically the Old Testament.

Then in the New Testament Jesus came.

Well, they killed him, our Savior. Then, they killed the apostles, and destroyed the foundations of the church that He (Jesus) had created as a part of his new law (Sermon on the Mount teaches the new law, which supercedes the law of Moses. It tells how the church was created in Ephesians.) And so, with the death of the apostles, the truth was taken from the earth.

But, like always, God loves us and so he called a new prophet, Joseph Smith, and gave him the power to translate the Book of Mormon so that all might read it and know that he really was a prophet, and that, as was promised, the true church of Christ has been restored and will never be taken from off the earth again. To this day we have living prophets that guide this church below the hand of Christ. That’s the way He established it, with prophets and apostles. That’s the way it has to be. And if there are prophets, there must be more scripture, because god is the same always. He has always commanded his prophets to write his word, and so we will always have more scripture if we have prophets (aka true church of Christ) and the scripture will always say the same thing: faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. And "anything more or less than this is not my doctrine."
Soooo yeah. Just wanted to put that. I like the Bible.

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