The Dance Steps of the Gospel

Wow this was really stressful but super rewarding! I had the opportunity to go to a lot of different houses not just the house I live in. Hmmmmm, I have had a lot of experiences with the spirit that I am not willing to share but  will share one with you this week! It happened on wednesday. we went to a house and there arouse the question of why won’t the church pay for my medical if I pay tithing….? I had a wonderful opportunity to testify in the name of our Savior that the tithing is not for medical and that if we to have the church pay that we would need to have insurance with the church..ha so this lesson was quite interesting. I was guided to say that his son would be healed if he would pay his tithing for only two weeks…. not that much time right? As i was giving this promise, I felt as if my Spirit was coming out of my body it had so much energy…

study: The new conference talk by Wilford W Anderson ” The dance steps of the gospel are the things we do; the music of the gospel is the spiritual feeling that comes from the holy ghost. It brings the change of heart and is the source of all righteous desires” I share this because a lot of time we are only in the dance to dance and not to enjoy the music…I have seen with myself and with many missionaries that this is true. I have also seen that when we are listening to the music I have been able to work miracles in the people! I am able to say what the people need to say. So as a challenge this week, I offer the invitation to listen more than we do!

Consecrated Missionary

I look back on the times that we sent out missionaries two years go from our high-school. It seems like that was yesterday! I am just having a blast here in Bolivia! I have had so many opportunities to learn how to become a better person and missionary! I want to share a lil story with you guys this week about a multi-zone conference we had!

We had a conference about how to be a consecrated missionary. There was a talk given by Bishop Càusse and in this talk he shared a story about a family that was getting ready for church and they were missing their son. As they looked through the house they ended up finding him playing with his toys in his room. The dad then said “Lets go! We have to go to church” The boy looks at the dad and then at his toys. He then turned and got up from his toys and leaves them behind.

I share this story because people can do this with anything! They don’t need to have a plaque to be a consecrated missionary! They just need to leave behind their toys. This can be drugs, alcohol, parties, people that hold you back, cell phones, and much MUCH more!

As I was studying today, I looked under what it means to WORSHIP because I have seen that as members we have in the years, lost this ability.  It says in True to the Faith “to worship God is to give Him your love, reverence, and devotion…if you place any person or thing above the love of God, you are practicing false worship or idolatry” This has absolutely blown me way because I was one of these people! That is why I say that we can do better in this because I have seen when we put the love of God first it really changes not only our lives but the lives of those around us!

Fasting

So I have been in the house now for two weeks because the comp is a lil mal but I have had many opportunities to study the scriptures and to study the conference talks(which by the way get a whole lot more meaningful when you are on the mish…). Since i am permitted to say whatever I want in these emails, I will share with you a part of the talk by Prez Eyring in the Saturday morning sesh
“And if  thou draw thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness shall be as noon day” isaiah 58:10.
This scripture about the ordinance of fasting hit me so hard that i almost cried… as we all has the opportunity to fast yesterday did we all feel our light grow? Did we feel the loving arms of our father carry us through the fast? I know I did… as I have been sick for a good while now. I  have time and time again tried to fast but could never complete and yesterday for the first time in months, I was able to complete the fast that I had started! I testify that I know that the fast not only help others but strengthens our light, gives us the hope to know that what we are doing is the will of the one true God!
As I have been able to come to know my Father, I have realized that the things He asks really are not much of us.  We are not asked to walk 1000 miles across frozen ground. we are simply asked to go without food for 24 hours so that other will be able to have some. We are not asked to give more than what we have and if we are is because we will receive something greater after. What I want to people to remember  is that we can become more for the Lord to use to further His work or we can be as the man that buried his mite and brought back only what He gave…but I know we are all capable to bring back more:)

I have seen miracles I can not deny.  Like Joseph smith “I knew and I knew God knew and I can not deny!”

Father, Where Shall I Work Today

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This is one of the most beautiful poems that I have ever read and it explains exactly who we should be. We should be the servants of Jesus Christ. Not to please the eyes of the natural man but to be the person that seeks to please our God. I am on a mission that is actually quite big but the zone Los Chacos is really very small…I say this because if I were to have the world, do you think we could help every single person?????? Guys, I am here to testify that each of us are called to tend a small amount of the sons of OUR Heavenly Father;) I know He lives and that Jesus died for our sins and that He loves & knows each of individually!
This week we have had many opportunities to meet less active members that we have  not met yet! This experience is beautiful and sad at the same time…people feel abandoned by their ward their friends and I will say that it the most special thing when you talk to these people and there bodies start to light up with joy because you are there;)
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We found a sister Galarza and she is really old and has been less active for two years due to health for two years. She has not had someone pass the sacrament to her in all of this time. We went to go give the sacrament to her and I could see the light come down on her as she was, after two years,  able to take the sacrament and feel this remission of her sins! Love those who can’t do things for themselves:)
Elder Tristan Steel Mell

Exactly Where I Am Suppose To Be

The guy we baptized will be going to the temple on the 28th to do baptisms for the dead which is freaking dope! I don’t even know how to express in words the amount of excitement I have for him to be able to go!!!
We’ve been having  fog and rain but it is sooooo awesome wayyyy better than arizona no? hahaha
I testify to that this is exactly where I am  supposed to be right now.  It is going to help me so much with my future. I will always be grateful for the opportunity that God gave me to do this for Him!!!

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Love you guys!!!!!

Elder Mell

Just Forgive

This week I thought a lot about things that are going on in my life and the conclusion that I came to to is that we all need forgiveness and to forgive others of our faults…like it says in Matthew 18:21-22 “Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him, till seven times?” “Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee until seven times; but until seventy times seven”.  To me,  this was so powerful because it explains that we need to forgive and forgive and forgive..not important how many times we have been wronged. This is something that I am still learning to do and yes it is hard!! But I know that if we can learn to forgive and it not be important how many times it comes again, that we will become like Jesus Christ. Being full of love and compassion for others:) I have really grown to love the mission and I have really come to know my Savior and I bear witness that He lives. If we want to be like Him, we need to strive ever day to forgive without conditions!
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This week I also had a long time investigator commit to his baptism this Saturday!! We had his interview and it’s all a go as of right now 🙂 The Lord really has people prepare for us to know, teach and love! This week winter started and boy it came on fast! It rains like there isn’t tomorrow!!!! I am going to learn to love it! I just want to say that I love you all and thanks for the support!!!!

Just Try

This week has been really difficult. I have had my recent converts not attending church and it has been really hard with my comp but what I have learned is that in every moment the Lord will guide you and help you to make good decisions! I also learned to just try…try to have a good outlook on things and try to be a better person and try to have happiness.  If you try, at some point in time you will realize that you are a better person. You will have a better outlook on things. You will have more happiness than you can imagine! I have learned that life isn’t perfect. We live in a very imperfect world. Forgiveness is very much needed to be happy and to have the desire to have a mighty change of heart. I want to testify that I am having this mighty change of heart. I was not doing a lot of things correct when I was back at home.  I am learning a lot more about who I was,  who I am and who I want to be. I am happy to say that I am changing a lot and for the better!

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Whipping Us Into Shape

The mission has been amazing so far!  I really do love each and every moment I get to spend here in lovely Bolivia !!! We had a conference with Elder Wadell and he wiped us right into shape! In south america we have 1.3 million members and 1.2 are inactive and so he talked that we need to baptize converts not just people which is absolutely true!

Then I had the opportunity to take Oscar Soto to a stake meeting which was beautiful for him! He is such a wonderful investigator and he will be baptized in time. I just don’t know when…hopefully within the next two weeks!!!!

Yesterday was 5 months! Can you believe it because I cant!!! I just want to end with my testimony that I know without a doubt the church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints is TRUE!!!! I know that we are guided by God and Jesus Christ through a living prophet AMEN.

Be Still And Know That I Am God

Saturday we had another baptism of the other missionaries which was super cool! It was two little girls that were able to be baptized by their grandpa and he did an amazing job. I felt the spirit so strong and then afterward we went and taught a lesson to a family.  The spirit legit spoke through me. I could tell that I was not speaking. I found in my study of the Liahona the other day, that there is a part about 6 pages in,  that has a little column. In the column has a scripture  from the Doctricne and Covenants. I can’t remember exactly but it says “Be still and know that I am God” and this was such a big eye opener because I have been trying to do every thing on my own. This has been soooooooo hard. I finally started realizing that I need to let go of my pride a little bit more and just accept the things that come my way. Boy has this worked!!!!! I have been thinking a lot about home… but not about coming home….. just about…. for example:  staying up late and having cookies and milk so I could go to bed of the dunes,  or just being around the family in general. I just miss it but I am loving the mission and I am not coming home till I have served 2 years or the Lord has another need of me! I love and miss each and every person that reads this letter!

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Estoy Cansaaaadooooo

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Baptisms

I have freaking amazing news for this week! I got to participate in my first baptism which was so nerve racking but so amazing at the same time!! I finally feel like I’m changing lives here in Bolivia! I will give you every detail that i can think of! So the baptism font  is like every other baptism font. I got all dressed up in white and put on my white temple shoes. I  was like, man, I feel like an angel! So as the family walked in, I walked out to greet them, The first thing that Hermano Choque said to me is “Wow Mell,  you look like you’re an angel!” This made me smile like I just won the lottery!! So I know the words to the baptism in English but I was a little nervous in Spanish. But I did it!  “Habiendo sido comisionado por jJesucristo, yo te bautizo en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espritu Santo” I got to do this for both of the younger girl which was amazing!! So Ii have TWO baptisms!!!!  then also Elder Salas baptized their older brother Codi!!

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