Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Week 50 Layco District, El Salvador (Zone Leader)-July 4, 2016

It's good to be free (from sins)

Hey happy 4th of July! I hope all of you in America are enjoying the festivities and staying safe. Those of you who arent in America (I honestly dont know where anyone is these days) I hope you will get to celebrate in some way today. This last week was great! But also like bittersweet. President and Hermana Hintze are now Brother and Sister Hintze back home in Utah. But on Friday we had our Multi zone and met President and Hermana Adams. To be frank, I absolutely love those two. They both brought in a great, unique spirit that i know is going to bless the mission immensely. they are both just spiritually impressive people. also, during the meeting i realized something that i hadnt really thought of before because president and hermana hintze were always just seasoned in the mission since i arrived. but the call to be a mission president is absolutely inspired and such a huge sacrifice and leap of faith. president adams was working when they received the call and sister adams doesnt speak a word of spanish. they have a huge family-17 grandkids with an 18th on the way next month. all of that they left behind for 3 years to direct an entire mission of nearly 200 missionaries. their faith is huge and a great example for me. president adams spoke a lot during the meeting about the importance for us to share and always use the book of mormon in our teaching. im embarrassed to say that it was a wake up call for me because i have realized that i havent been using the book of mormon as much as i know i can or should as a missionary with our investigators. i invite you all now to have a similar wake up call if you are at all faltering in your appreciation of the book of mormon. it is an inspired book. it is the keystone of our religion. and it is unique to us. a precious gift from God. Reread the introduction to regain an understanding of what the Book of Mormon really is and means for us. This past week i was also blessed to have been able to finish reading it again. I know now more than ever that that book is true and the word of God. And now, I am more desirous to share this great treasure to more and more people. I hope that in your new studies of the Book of Mormon you can also all feel inspired to share this book with others. Friends, family, colleagues, strangers. All people deserve to have this treasure in their lives. The Lord will direct you. Even if you dont have success in sharing so to speak, your faith will be rewarded. In regards to the title...today we are gonna have a baptism! it is a baptism for the ward because today is the little girl´s bday but we will be helping out with the baptism. what a great day to be baptized! truly a day of liberty. Love you all so much and hope you have a great week!
Elder Abilez

Pupusa Count: 11

last picture with president and hermana hintze

my posterity! and it is even bigger now! (4 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild not all seen in this picture)

cool beetle that was crawlin around our house the other day

Dem pupusas (clearly i'm on a diet with just 2 here...)

President and Hermana Adams!

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