Okay family I have some news this week!
We had a good New Years! In Peru they have a few interesting traditions!
1. It doesn't matter what your plans are it is necessary that you spend all your money on fireworks and are up until at least 4 in the morning.
2. Spend the rest of your money on new clothes.
3. Spend what's left of your money on beer.
The above tradition are unspoken rules. The following traditions are optional:
A. Buy a bunch of herbs and bathe yourself at midnight.
B. Buy yellow underwear and red underwear. Start your day in the yellow and change at midnight. (this usually involves breaking the law of chastity).
C. Fill up suitcases and walk around your lot 12 times. (It means you are going to travel that year.)
D. Eat 12 grapes at midnight. (Every grape represents one month that will go well).
I'm sure there are more but those are all I know.
My companion and I have changes. Not of assignment but of area. President saw a training about how we should be in the field almost all the time. And our area should be the most takin' care of. Have the best ward etc. Sadly. Our current ward is in a state of apostate chaos. I.e., they had a mother literally participate in her babies blessing. (Not to hold her baby, but to stand in the circle. Along with the non-member father.)
So, president thought that It would be better to put us in a ward where that doesn't happen. We are now in La Florida. They started council by going over the last weeks commitments! I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but it made our day because it's the first time I've ever seen that here. Also the first time I heard someone say, according to manual 2! WOW!!! THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!!
So ya, everything is going well down here. On Saturday we did our typical pday when there is nothing to do. Barbecue with monopoly. We are going to try and find settlers of catan or print it out. Wish us luck.
Yesterday a man told us that when we teach the gospel it sounds familiar to him. I believe that is the Holy Ghost bringing all things to his remembrance. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been the same since he himself taught it to us in the pre-mortal world. It is for this reason that it seems like we have always known it. Many times the power of the Holy Ghost simply thins the veil so that we feel closer to home. Evidence of this is found in Luke 4:33-41. How did the demons know exactly who Jesus was? Because they never passed through the veil. They are a part of the third of the host of heaven that followed Lucifer (that Great Red Dragon). They were cast to the earth to wreak havoc (the best why I can put it). Before the world was. Rev 12:3-4.
The gospel is the same. The church that teaches the same gospel as always is probably the church that continues to receive revelation. And probably the church that holds the priesthood power of God. This is the church with authority to baptize. This is the church with authority to save. The only church that can bind on earth and in heaven. Search this church. A church with apostles and prophets.
Many people here have the idea that every church is correct. In the New Testament it speaks of churches the apostles were leading. Paul write to the churches. But that doesn't mean that every church was teaching its own doctrine. Or that it had nothing in common. The different churches were obviously spread out by regions (Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, and Galatia.) But, they all taught the same gospel. Making them the same church in the same way the father and the son are the same. In purpose. Living a christian life alone, will not save you. Making Christ like ordinances and convents on top of a christian life, will.
While it is possible to attend any church under the sun and live a good life and be a great person. But to be perfect even as (our) father is perfect we have to raise the bar a little bit. For this, week need to attend our father's church. One of the main purposes of the New Testament is to tell us how Christ organized his primitive church. So that we can follow his pattern. Or so that we can recognize the truth when we see it. 1 Corinthians 12:28.
Okay that's enough of my rantings.