Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week 77: "No Elders, you two are the real life savers, keep preaching the gospel."

So it was a great week! 

AWESOME, in fact. here is why

1. After several weeks of teaching, We were able to see the baptism of Pitbull´s wife and daughter!!! (see the photo....try and tell me he doesn't look like pitbull...) Berenice and her daughter are two people that we have been teaching and they are so awesome. They made lots of sacrifices to be able to make these decision and we are so happy for them... and for Pitbull....

2. We found the COOLEST COUPLE IN THE WORLD!!!! Luis and Lupita (see foto....) Luis is a member of the church, and he is a marine, and his wife Lupita, who is not a member, works in the armed forces of Mexico. They are so legit their story of why they wanted to become involved with the military services are incredible. I gained so much more respect for all those who are serving their country in the armed forces. Luis was telling us all about what he does as a marine. Here in Peñasco, he is basically a coast guard and he has to go out and save peoples lives when their boat catches on fire or when some disaster goes wrong. He literally risks his life every single day to save the lives of others. When I asked him how he can have that kind of bravery every single day, he responded, "Look Elder, I believe that we are here in this life to serve. If you come to this world and you do not live your life for the benefit of others, you will live it in vain." Goosebumps rushed through my body as I looked into his eyes as he said these words. What a powerful teaching, and a living example before my eyes. This man is truly incredible. A few days later, they called him to spend some time in Mexico City, so we had to say goodbye for a time. As we did, I said to him, "You are literally my hero Luis, Keep saving lives!", to which he responded, "No Elder, you two are the real life savers. Keep preaching the Gospel!" 

3. In one of our meetings we had this week, one of the missionaries told a story that represents why we should always obey the Lord and be diligent in what he commands. There once lived a man who spoke with God. God told him that he was to go to a giant boulder that was stuck in the ground and begin to push. He would push all day until the evening, with all his might. That was to be his task. So the man did as he was told, and everyday woke up, went the rock, and began to push. Night would come, and the man would retire to his home, exhausted from a long day of pushing a motionless rock. Days, months, years passed. The man had been pushing for 20 years, and he never saw the boulder move a bit. So the devil come along, and began to tempt the man, saying, "why do you even bother pushing that rock? Do you not see that you have been here 20 years, and you haven't achieved anything? Why not give up? You are wasting your time." The man thought to himself,  "He´s right. All this time, and the rock has not budged. Why would you do this God? Why would you ask me to push this rock all this time, if I was never going to be able to move it!?" In his anger and frustration, The Lord spoke peace to him, saying "My dear son. I asked you to push the boulder, but I never told you that it would move. You think you have failed because you did not see your success, but your sight was wrong from the start. Look again, and you will see." The man looked at himself and realized, that because of his pushing for countless years, his legs and arms had transformed completely into rock solid muscle, allowing him to face many other challenges that faced him in his life. He only thought he was unsuccessful because he could not comprehend the will of God.

I don't know why but when I heard that story I loved it. The moral is that we may not understand why God wants us to do certain things, and we may even question why God´s Will is what it is, but we must always remember that everything lies in the hands of Him who knows all things. If we do what we are asked and we push with all of our might, we will one day look back and see the fruits of our efforts and thank God for what he has given us, even though often times it is not what we expected. 

I love you all, have a great week! Enjoy the Seattle sun for me!

Elder Bernal

Week 76: Running Into Family Friends

Dear Friends.

Connor was very busy this past week as you can see by his email below. I am glad I waited to fwd his email because yesterday I received a nice "photo surprise" from a member who lives in Arizona but is vacationing in Puerto Peñasco and run into Elder Bernal and his companion. I fwd the photo to you (scroll down).

6 months, 1 day, and he will be back !!!!!! 
Not that I am counting....
I'm just saying if you are wondering...

Love ya, Fernando

Hello all!

Next week I promise, take me word, I am going to have a longer letter to write..... to make up for this week....

Hope everyone is well! Love you guys!

Elder Bernal

Friday, July 17, 2015

Week 71: New Mission President!

Hi everyone,

Soooo Monday, we had to travel to Hermosillo for a meeting, and since I am in Penasco, that means a 7 hour grey line bus ride... and that means the first actual rest I have taken that is allowed since my days in Nogales, almost a year ago..... and oh my goodness did I enjoy that bus ride........ It was also nice because I had plenty of time to get in some good readings of things that I don't normally have time for. That is the one nice advantage of being far away from Hermosillo....
And for that same trip, I didnt have any time to write on Monday, or even Tuesday, so please accept my apologies....

We got to know our new Mission President, President Robinson and his wife, and they are awesome! They seemed very excited and eager to help the mission advance, and I am really excited to get to work under their leadership. President Robinson was an agriculture teacher at Cornell University before receiving his call, so we´ll see if I can get the hook ups with him to have them accept me after my mission........ heehee

The exciting part of my letter this week will be an exert from a letter that my dearest friend Rachy (Slam) Duncan wrote me a couple of months ago that I loved. Hope you enjoy!

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:

“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

- Útmutató a Léleknek

Awesome huh? Rachael has got some good perspective ... Take care everyone!

Elder Bernal