Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fishers of Men

Hello to all!
The main highlight of last week was the big trip to Asunción to Zone Conference. We heard from an Area Seventy named Elder Giovanni (I think, or DiGiovanni) from Argentina. I really enjoyed his message, on having Christ written in our countenance. He based his whole talk out of Alma 5, which is a great chapter that asks many self-reflective questions. I was able to re-read that chapter this week, and found it a great opportunity to take a step back and see how I am as a person, and not so much of how I am teaching, finding, baptizing, etc. The Assistants talked on charity, and full out loving the Paraguayan people and culture, which is something I also felt came at a perfect time. I have been getting better, but still have a lot of work to do. Then, President Madariaga preached an incredible sermon on faith, and not just your average faith lesson, but talked about the faith process. I have come to realize that faith is so much more than just believing in something. Its such a deep topic, that consists in deep conversion to being a follower of Christ and knowing that it will truly all work out. I testify that faith, with actions that follow that faith, brings miracles. President's message touched me so much that in church yesterday I decided to give my talk about how faith brings real miracles, and the people in attendance seemed to enjoy it.
I was reading in Matthew 4, which has one of my favorite bible stories. Christ is walking along the sea shore, and sees Peter and Andrew, who are fishing and I am sure they were super busy with all their work, not expecting the Savior of all mankind would walk by and ask them something. Christ then says the famous, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. What is interesting is that they immediately left their nets and followed him. In our lives, be it spiritual, temporal, financial, we get tied down to our own personal "nets" that hold us back from truly following Him, but if we follow the Savior immediately, and that may mean repentance or forgiveness or whatever it may be, if we just leave our nets, we will become great Fishers of Men. I am trying to leave behind those "nets" in my life that hold me back, and am working on being more "immediate" in my following of Christ as He calls me. I invite you all to do the same, and to be Fishers of Men as well.
Keep us all in your prayers.
I have been trying to get my district to progress and become great teachers of the gospel. One of the best way is to talk with everyone, in every situation. You never know who the Lord is preparing to receive the gospel, and without talking to them, you can never find out. We are working on getting better at talking to everyone, and just going around doing good, serving, being more like the Savior was. When He traveled with his apostles, I am sure that he did not sprint to appointments or let people pass by Him without loving, serving, and helping someone in need. I am really trying to incorporate those divine and eternal principles of faith and charity, and feel like it is and will help me become a much better missionary.
Thanks for the love and support from home, a letter here and there is always great. I love you all, keep us here in your prayers.
Until next week,
Elder Babcock

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