Ocho mas dias and still temperance in all things

Great week this week. We had a great opportunity to find some amazing new people on Tuesday night and from that we have already taught them twice and the husband there absolutely adores the Book of Mormon and is super excited to learn more! We also were able to continue finding new people with interest and are planning for four new people this next week.

We had a wonderful zone conference, it was great to learn more about how we can never revere the Book of Mormon enough. With that, we have really been looking to spread the message of the Book of Mormon this last week and ended up passing out 16 copies of the Book of Mormon this last week, and ended up with 7 return appointments and 4 referrals to the sisters here! I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

We also got in contact with the High Councilor of our stake and gave him all the names of the Hispanics that are active so that we can start a branch here. He relayed all the information to the Stake President and now all of the Stake Presidents are coordinating their efforts to begin the process of starting a branch, so we are super excited for that as well!  

 
I learned a lot in Personal Study this last week. I was reading in Alma 7:23 which states:
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.

I then read in the institute manual to learn more of what it means to be temperate in all things, and found this quote from Elder Russell M. Nelson:

 “Temperance suggests sobriety and self-restraint in action. It reminds one of covenants made…” and then he states later that “Temperance can protect each of us from the aftermath of excess.”

I was puzzled at first by this statement, but then as I studied and with help from the spirit, I found that the aftermath of excess is greed, gluttony, and selfishness, which ultimately leads or derives from pride.(Ephesians 5:18, 1 Peter 4, D&C 88:69) Now, to combat these struggles of selfishness and greed, we need temperance, which is, as stated above, abstaining from excess, showing self restraint; showing moderation in response. We learn in D&C 88:63 that if we “sanctify ourselves that your minds become single to God…” is the way to avoid excess, and so that is in turn, the way to become temperate. In other words, we must consecrate all of ourself to the Lord, so that we avoid such excess.

The steps to Consecration are as follows:
  1. Love 
  2. Service
  3. Work
  4. Self Reliance
  5. Consecration, which encompasses sacrifice
  6. Stewardship, sacred spiritual or temporal trust for which there is accountability.
I promise that as you do this, the Lord will bless you immensely, more than you could ever imagine, I pray for you to go through this process and see where you lack, and then work on it. I testify of these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
 
Con Amor
 
Elder Saunders
My wonderful companion, Elder Silva and I.
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