Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The tears flowed...

Dear familia Aponte,

Good lucky to everyone in school this week! Remember: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me :) I think you're all THE #1. YOU, yes you (I'm now talking to each of you individually), are my favorite. Thanks for writing me this week! I know you don't have a ton of time, but it makes my whole day :)

I wrote a couple of you this experience I had yesterday, but I'll just share it for the Aponte's in general. Yesterday, we had zone conference with Pres. Morgan and Hna. Morgan. As usual, it was pretty great, but what the Spirit taught me was even greater than anything they said. That's always the point of teaching, right? that the SPIRIT teaches...in the end, two hermanas sang the song "Saviour Redeemer" and I was taught.
It goes: 

"Make me more worthy of thy love...and fit me for the life above.
Joy in our hearts...His praise we sing,
bearing the name of Christ, Our King."

The tears flowed pretty freely. What an amazing blessing it is to bear the name of my Savior. What an INCREDIBLE blessing to stop fighting His will and the nautral man in me. What a blessing to just give myself to Him and let Him shape me into all that I can become as a daughter of the livng God. What a blessing...I have never had so much JOY as I have had here on the mission. There is a difference between happiness and joy. The point of our existence is to have JOY. That is what I feel serving the Lord. The tears flowed because I never want this to end. 

Christ told Joseph Smith that people honor Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. In 2 Nephi 27:25-26, we learn that the Lord has a plan to bring our HEARTS back to Him. He doesn't want followers who follow Him jsut to do it. He doesn't want followers who go through the motions. He doesn't want us to just get up to go to Church every Sunday. He doesn't want followers who know His word, yet have not let it change them (see Mosiah 12:27)...

"make me more worthy of thy love...and fit me for the life above." This is why He has a plan to turn our hearts to Him. He has a plan to make it so that we honor Him with our lips AND our hearts--in 2 Nephi 27:25-26, we learn that His marvelous work and wonder to bring our hearts to Him is the Restoration fo the Gospel. Even mroe specifically, it's the Book of Mormon. 

Today I saw this as we studied 3 Nephi...Christ teaches that as we SERVE other people, we become strong enough to withstand temptation. Do we all realize that this changes EVEYRTHING?! He commands us to serve eachother and promises that as we do so, we will not fall into temptation. We will not fall into the temptation fo being a matural man or woman...any temptation fo weakness we have, we will not fall into it if we forget about ourselves. 
Think about it. Any mistake you've made, you made it when you were thinking about yourself. That's the key then, isn't it. Christ has always taught us that. If we can forget about ourselves, then we are made free. That changes my life. That doesn't make me scared to not be a missionary. That makes me stop worrying about falling back into who I was...thisis the secret to LIFE. We found it in the Book of Mormon and it has turned my heart to the Lord. It makes it so that I serve others not just to do it. I'm not here just to be here. I will not follow Him just to do it. I will do it because that's where I can find JOY. It really is the right thing to do, but it's also the only smart thing. 
The joy comes from giving the Lord our hearts. It comes from honoring Him in EVERY single way. He wants our lips and our hearts. That's where the joy comes from. If you want to do it, follow His plan--study the Book of Mormon. It turns hearts. 

I LOVE YOU!!!!

Love,
Hermana Aponte