Monday, May 12, 2014

After Mother's Day

First of all, it was so great to get to talk to you all yesterday!! 
One of the things I mentioned yesterday is that we've been working with some less-active members of the branch, and that's been where we've seen the greatest progress. One of the brothers we've been working with that we've been really happy about is Hermano Aguilar. He got married to a life-long member and was baptized a few years ago, but he's never been very active. We visit or talk with him at least one a week, and he's really been stepping up recently. He's starting to come to church more, and even told his boss last week that he wasn't going to work Sundays anymore so that he could go to church with his family. His wife is going through the temple this weekend, and he'll be waiting with the kids outside. We're hoping and expecting that the spirit there will motivate him to make the temple a goal for himself  personally and his family. 
    That's really the big news this week. Something our Mission President talked about in a meeting recently was the idea of "ponderizing" the scriptures. He's always invited us to memorize a scripture every week, but this time he invited us to ponder a scripture before we memorize it, and to review it in our minds during the day--hence, "ponderize" (ponder + memorize). I've been far from perfect in doing this every week, but the scriptures I have done it with have become a part of me like no others. In part, I think that's what the scriptures invite us to do when they say things like "feast upon the words of Christ," "abide in His word," and let our hearts "ponder upon them continually." 
"Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man." -D&C 84:85
Elder Gaughan

Below is a picture from when we ALL got to Skype with Elder Gaughan on Mother's Day! 

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