Doing Missionary Work in the Florida Jacksonville Mission!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

What I have learned recently about God/Jesus's Love

God's Love is so unconditional!  He has unlimited charity for each of His children!  How amazing yet incomprhensible is that!    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf describes the infinite capacity of our Father's when he declared,  "He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked" (  The scriptures exhort us to "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that ye may be filled with this love which he hath bestowed upon all who are true disciples of his son Jesus Christ" (

Over the past few days I have worked on praying to God with all the energy of my heart to be filled with His love.  It has helped me love people so much more!!!  It is beginning to change who I am as a disciple of Jesus Christ!!  I testify that if you pray to God to be filled with His love that you will feel much more empowered to accomplish your purpose in life!!  The love of God will soften your heart, help you love others more unconditionally, and give you the utmost assurance of peace from the Father himself during your down times.  I am coming to know that this is really true!!  I know that God's love is real!! I testify of this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

In Memory of Spiritual Experiences (One of mine that I hope & pray will build your faith)

Over the past little while my testimony of everything has been tested greatly.  I would venture to say that I have been going through what they call "The Refiners Fire." The scriptures teach  "3Ye cannot behold with your natural aeyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the bglory which shall follow after much tribulation. 4For after much atribulation come the bblessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be ccrowned with much dglory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand." (  However, after much testing and tribulation I have felt overly compensated and blessed by the Lord.  I wish to share in appropriate detail about an experience I had two days ago at a missionary meeting called "Zone Conference" (it's where a large group of missionaries gather together and receive instruction on how to better serve the Lord).  As a matter of fact, I did not see this experience coming at all.  This experience brought me back to a remembrance of my personal conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A fellow missionary gave a training in which he invited us to ponder and think about the most powerful spiritual experience in our life.  I thought back to how I became converted to this Gospel.  To give some brief background:  I was born and raised within this church and always stayed active.  However, during my youth I did not live the standards that the church has set forth.  I merely put on a show and a mirage for people.  This continued until after I graduated High School.  There came points where I felt very low, miserable, and discouraged about who I really was and what I really was doing.  I decided to seek the available help provided in the church for those who need repentance.  As I sought help from leaders and other brothers in the church who struggled as I did, change began to happen and it still is one day at a time!  That I testify is true!!!

During zone conference many instances flashed through my mind of when I felt the power of Jesus Christ rest upon me and my fellow brothers in the church as we all were striving to change our rebellious ways.  Never in my life had I felt the Savior's love in this way!  I knew that He was there beckoning me and my fellow brothers to change and more importantly extending a merciful arm to us.  The following scripture describes what happened two days ago: "...they...did shed tears of joy because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them" (  I was blessed by the Lord to "shed tears of joy" in remembrance of the tender mercies that He has blessed me with!!!  I have a testimony of repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ!!!  It has changed who I am today!  I am thankful to be forgiven of past sins!!  I know that the Savior will restore your peace as you come unto him!!  I know that He lives and pray that something from this post would be of benefit to you!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Blessings of Temples

"Latter-day Saint temples are aesthetically beautiful buildings with meticulous landscaping. Everything about the architecture is designed to honor God and complement the local community.
Temples differ from the tens of thousands of local meetinghouses throughout the world where members typically meet for Sunday worship services and midweek social activities — and where visitors are always welcome. Temples are used solely for the performance of sacred ordinances and religious instruction aimed at strengthening members’ relationships with God, their family and others around them.
To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, temples are houses of the Lord, the most sacred places on earth. Temple services bind families together forever, teach the purpose of life and explain God’s plan of salvation. Temple attendance strengthens Latter-day Saints’ commitment to living Christian principles, emphasizes personal spiritual growth and increases devotion to family" (
What a blessing it is to have temples spanning across the Globe!!!  They are sacred edifices where divine instruction and actions take place!  Within the walls of the temple individuals perform ordinances (outward expressions of inner commitments to follow Christ) for their own salvation along with the salvation for those that have passed on. Ordinances are performed by priesthood authority (the power God gives man to act in his name). When someone takes part in an ordinance they make covenants or promises to follow God; and in return, God promises them blessings.  One such ordinance is baptism for the dead. When we either become or are faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we are blessed with the opportunity to stand in proxy of those that have passed on and be baptized in their behalf.  This heavenly transaction does not force the person on the other side to accept the gospel; instead it gives those individuals a choice to accept the gospel and live the associated covenants therein.  Families are also made eternal within the temples.
Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, God and Jesus Christ restored the power to seal or bind things together on earth and in heaven.  The Savior stated to the ancient Apostle Peter "And I will agive unto thee the bkeys of the ckingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt dbind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (  By virtue of modern day revelation we know that this scripture refers to the sealing power.  Husbands & wifes along with their children can be sealed together for time and all eternity by this God given power that is spoken of in the Holy Bible.  Think of the magnitude of this concept!!!  An eternal family and marriage; never to be broken as long as the participants are faithful!
I testify that temples are literally Houses of the Lord!!!  As I have wrote this I have gained a stronger testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and declare without reserve to you that it is true today!!!!  

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Power of Jesus Christ's Atonement

"Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, ahave mercy on me, who ambin the cgall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting dchains of edeath.   And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember myapains bno more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.  And oh, what ajoy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!" (Alma 36:18-20 I had experiences similar to this during the past week.  I'm thankful that through repentance and forgiveness we can spiritually be re-born!  I know that Christ can do this for anyone!  I testify that He is God's Son!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ask and Ye Shall Recieve

During my missionary service I have grown in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.  Before I came out to serve a mission I only talked to God on the most important things that I needed to (usually this meant getting help with tough trials or whenever I was really in a bind).  However, through opposition and trial my mission has taught me how to turn to God for guidance and then follow the spirit when I've recieved that guidance.  Let me give you an example of how I have recieved personal revelation on my mission.  As you read this you will see how the Lord's hand is evident in the entire process:

Prior to serving my mission I had tossed around a few ideas of what I wanted to do for a career afterwards (when the two years of service are up).  I was very uncertain to say the least.  Additionally, to this point I hadn't made very many decisions with the help of God.  My motives throughout high school were more of wanting to prove people and critics wrong rather than following God's divine will/plan.  Anyways, I went the first nine months of my mission without knowing what I wanted to do.  Then one night we were at a local members home and he talked with us about his career path of being a Doctor.  His words resonated within in me and I realized that what he was talking about is exactly what I love to do.  I prayed about this and felt confirmation from the Holy Ghost that this is what I need to do.  I also felt impressed by the spirit to change colleges and go to Arizona State when I get home.  At this point I didn't know what degree I would choose but I knew that this path was right.  About 6 months later (TODAY) I was talking with a sports medicine person from our local congregation.  We talked about his career path and he mentioned to me that ASU has a good athletic training program.  Again, as it did previously the spirit hit me and I felt God's confirmation!!!  I know that God looks after each of us individually and somehow manages to put us in the right places!!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Testimony of Repentance and Forgiveness

In the scriptures the Lord says "He who has repented of sins, the same is forgiven and I the Lord remember them no more" (Doctrine and Covenants 42).  I have found that to be true today!! I'm thankful for the powers of prayer and repentance!!!  I know that God speaks to us through the Holy Ghost.  The Lord is loving and merciful; as a result, He enables you and I to overcome the deepest of challenges, trials, temptations, and the like.