Great Things in Ciudad Labor

Hey Everyone!

That is a cool opportunity to go to the temple open house! I saw the pictures on the church website and it looks pretty amazing! Dad I did what you said about studying the verses that talk about Sam and I thought that it was really interesting the difference between Sam and Lemuel in the Book of Mormon. Basically Laman and Nefi were the leaders among the brothers, but Nefi chose righteousness and Laman chose wickedness. For whatever reason, Lemuel decided to follow Laman, but Sam was humble enough to follow his younger brother Nefi and let himself be influenced for righteousness. I think there are some good lessons to be learned there. This past Wednesday we had the blessing of receiving a visit from Elder Mendoza, an area seventy here in Mexico. He talked to us a lot about the standards of excellence our president had set. They are really high and there was a lot of doubt as to whether or not we could even achieve them. But he talked about a similar experience when he was a mission president and he raised the expectations and a lot of the missionaries like Laman and Lemuel started murmuring and telling him that it was impossible. But there were others that had a positive mental attitude like Nefi and decided to go out and do what the Lord, through their mission president, had asked them to do and they had a lot of success. Then the missionaries who before had doubted, repented and did everything they could to fulfill. He also talked a lot about foreordination and the blessings of the birthright. We have been foreordained to be here and be doing this work, but like Esau,  we could sell our birthright blessings for a figurative plate of lentils. Also, we had a special leadership meeting with him afterward, so we ended up being at the stake center for 9 or 10 hours on Wednesday! But it was well worth it because I learned so much! I wish I could tell you a lot more about it than I have time for right now, but I guess that will have to wait for a bit. Ángel came to church for the first time yesterday and it was really good. We had been trying and trying to think of someone to come with us to the lessons with him and be his friend, but we couldn’t think of anyone who wasn’t working in the mornings, and we had asked before in priesthood meeting but no one was available. Yesterday though, Brother Mora came up to him and started talking to him and he mentioned that his work schedule had changed so he’s free in the mornings now! That may not seem like much but having a member friend is super critical to a strong convert. We saw that in Cuautitlán with Marsela and Diana. We got the Mendez family involved and they stepped up and did a great job helping them in their conversion process. I don’t know if I told you or not but they are doing great. Marsela is a counselor in the relief society and Diana is a counselor in the primary! They write me occasionally to tell me how things are going and how grateful they are for finding the gospel! Anyway, great things are happening here in Ciudad Labor and I’m really excited to be here as a missionary of Jesus Christ! I can’t think of anything better I could possibly be doing right now! I love you and I hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Black

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