I had a great week! The best thing that happened was that Jocelyn was baptized! She is such a sweet girl, and she was so happy! Her family was "less active," but because of her example they are coming back. Her baptism was great, and everything went really well! Hermana Calderon got to come back too, so I loved getting to see her.
|Jocelyn and I at her baptism!|
|Jocelyn with all of the hermanas that taught her :)|
We are also teaching an investigator named Lyvan. He will be getting baptized this Saturday. He is 18, and just moved here from Mexico. He grew up in an inactive family. We have been teaching him for about a month, and the change in him is incredible! He went from not really paying attention while we were teaching him and living the way he wanted to to being a completely changed person. He now reads the Book of Mormon every day and realizes keeping the commandments makes him happier than he ever was in his old life.
|Zone Meeting. President and Sister Mortensen came. We are now in a bigger zone with both Spanish and English missionaries.|
He starts in verse 15 by telling us that those who "eat bread in the Kingdom of God" are "blessed," and then He starts the parable.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
This is pretty straightforward. A man (who represents Christ) made a great feast (the Atonement of Christ that we remember through the sacrament) and invited invited many people to come. But...
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
No one came. They all had excuses. And they were valid excuses, but they were excuses. As missionaries it can be discouraging when we go out and share the message of the Restored Gospel and that the exact same church Christ established when He was here is back again with the power and authority to bless the sacrament so that it can take effect in our lives and cleanse us weekly, and then to have no one come to church to partake of the blessings. But, we can read on and see how the master (Christ) feels when we don't partake of the sacrament.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry
Christ is angry when we don't come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Christ feels angry when those who are invited do not come to partake, but He sends out HIs servants to invite others so that the preparations are not done in vain.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper
Those who do not partake of His invitation will not partake of His supper. I know that Christ has such a deep love for all of us, and for this reason He invites all to come and partake of the emblems of His sacrifice so that all can be "saved" by being worthy to live with Him again. We need to accept His sacrifice into our lives weekly. I will never be able to go a week in my life for as long as I live without partaking of the sacrament.
For that reason, I will continue to go out and invite others to come because I desire for all to feast at His table and receive the blessings He has promised those who will come. So, I would invite you all attend church this Sunday to partake of the sacrament. It doesn't matter if it's been a long time since you've been to sacrament meeting, or if you've never been before. Christ invites you to come weekly. You can find the church building nearest to you and meeting times here https://www.mormon.org/worship
I love you all and hope you have a great week!