Monday, June 27, 2016

Mother's Day/Last Skype

Last Skype/Mothers Day

May 2, 2016

Elijan amar

Hey everyone,
El mexicano , Elder Hernandez, and I are still gettin at it here in Babahoyo.
The ward had a trip to the temple planned for Saturday and they needed more endowed priesthood holders to help out in the baptistery and with the confirmations so we went along. We also had been helping Lolita, who was baptized the week before I got here, to get names of ancestors to take to the temple. The trip went well. Whenever we had gone we had only done sessions, but it was cool to help out with the confirmations. It was my first time and it was cool to be with all the youth and members. the same spirit was present as when I used to go up to the Draper temple back in the old days. Even though it was in a different language, different temple in a different country, it's the the same Spirit that is felt doing the same work.
I'm still loving the mission and am learning a lot but like probably any other old missionary, I've been tired. So I've decided to take this weariness and try to make it useful. I've found that everybody knows at least a little bit about the principles of the gospel whether they be investigators, less actives, or members. It's a lot easier sometimes to be taught than to teach. So in lessons sometimes I like to take the role as the investigator and ask questions as if I were the student and let the people help me to figure out solutions and the principles. After, we can testify of the things they have taught us and add more if they missed a point or two.

Well I love you all and hope you're all happy. 
Just one suggestion: Choose to love.
That's all

Elder Rawson:)

En el templo con la hermana Lolita

 May 9, 2016

Mother's Day Skype

Hey everyone!
I got transferred and just got to my last area! I'm in the city of Milagro (miracle) and am in the Apolo ward. When I had about 11 months in the mission I actually came and worked in this exact ward for a day! They say its a little week of a ward and has a few issues but I'm with Elder Vargas from Cochabamba Bolivia (also where Elder Acarapi, my son, is from) and he seems great. He's very mature and seems obedient and happy so all is well for me. 

Yesterday, after talking to the families for the last time, Elder Hernandez and I went to visit the Alarcon Romero family. Freddy is the dad who is an architect. They are a very special family and are very blessed. They loved us and were very funny, treated us well, but sometimes it was hard for us to maintain the control of the visits to be able to teach and edify them spiritually. We got there and started from scratch with them by explaining our purpose as missionaries and we taught them the nature of the godhead. The lesson was great and the Spirit was strong. I'm glad I was able to leave them going on the right foot. I was happy in Babahoyo but I'm looking forward to see what's in store these last two months!

Elder Rawson=)

"The real voyage of dicovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes" -Marcel Proust

Saying bye to Elder Hernandez. (cara sucia, alma limpia) ..Voy a extrañar ese pan azucarado de Babahoyo..

May 16, 2016

Hey everyone! I'm short on time so here's a few points to update you on the mish!

-Elder Vargas is great. He's humble and we get along great together! I still believe the two main attributes of a good companionship is humility and obedience.
-My area has one paved road.  I've about given up on keeping my shoes shined cuz after 2 minutes of walking they're already covered with a nice coat of ecuadorian dust!
-The ward isn't the strongest but the members are very friendly and I love them already.
-I spoke yesterday in sacrament meeting on love in missionary work because without it it's just work.
-All is well living it to the max with the time I've got!
-Got my flight plans to fly home with my cousin Elder Dalton from the South Mission on July 8th! See you then... o_o

Learning some cleaning and organizing skills...YES!!!

same zone as elder acarapi. mi hijo amado!

                           May 23, 2016

.Hey everyone!
First off, this week I have been doing my best to live one of my favorite quotes lately. "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." By doing so, I have had one of the happiest weeks recently. Not because there has been a sudden change in events or circumstances but that I have been making an effort to see with new eyes by trying to see things and people as Christ would see them. What has really been on my mind lately and what I have been trying to achieve is the love I felt for the people when I first got here. Arriving to the mission, it was very hard for me to understand the people here, but even though I couldn't tell what they were saying, I felt a real appreciation for the members and other people just by trying to see with God's eyes. With time in the mission, it's sad but true that this actually can get harder to do but I've wanted to do better at it recently. I have been trying to pay close attention in lessons and to the things people tell us to understand their point of view. A powerful lesson that I learned in the MTC that has ever since helped me to understand the character of Christ and how I can try to be more like Him is found in John 11:35. "Jesus wept." So much is said in these few words when one understands the rest of the story. One of my MTC teachers explained this lesson to me. When Jesus found out about the illness and death of Lazarus, the chapter shows clearly that Jesus was positive that He was going to be able to work the miracle of raising Lazarus. But upon His arrival, He was moved by the tears of Mary and Martha and the rest of the family that even He was moved to tears as well, even knowing that He would be able to raise their fallen brother. I learned that this is a very important characteristic of the charity of Christ. I really feel that without love, the work of salvation is merely "trabajo" and not so much "una obra maravillosa".
We have a found a couple families with some great future priesthood holders as fathers. Hopefully we can help at least one complete family to baptism before I head out! I'm doing my best to sanctify myself in order to be worthy of the miracles we need so it can happen!

A week ago we were going to see the Tubay family from Quevedo get sealed but the bishop said that he feels to work with them for the 18th of June so hopefully all works out then!

I love you all! Be not weary in well-doing because you are laying the foundations of a great work!

Love, Elder Rawson=)

Milagro, the land of las piñas

His 3 pr. of shoes look like they've walked a few miles over 2 years
the most beautiful chapel in ecuador:)

                                       May 30, 2016

Wednesday afternoon we left to head down to guayquil to go through the temple because Thursday morning we had a zone conference. The temple was great as always. Maybe one of the most spiritual trips yet. Being able to go through the temple with a group of the Lord's servants is a special experience and I have definitely been blessed to do it so many times as a missionary. I've practically gotten the whole session memorized! Maybe it'll be weird to go back to English in the temple. The temple can be a very sacred place and everytime we can/should have a spiritual experience in the Lord's House each time we go. I invite all who are worthy to go this week. But to make this time special by waking up before the sun comes up and going to the temple to start off the day!

Remember that there is nothing more important than people. "Never let a job to be done be more important than a person to be loved." -Pres Monson. The work and the glory of God is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". Love is the way and happiness is the goal. I promise that love is the secret to happiness and that happiness is the product of love. Don't forget it. Jesus is our Savior and our perfect example. I testify of His reality and His role in the Plan of Salvation. 

Here's a scripture that has had a great impact on me throughout my mission.. Revelation 2:2-5. (there should be a footnote reference in verse 5 next to the word "works", look at it) I invite you to ponder what it means to minister and how can you minister to others this next week and you will find the real reason this church exists.

I love you all! See you soon=)
Elder Rawson

Caldo de Bola is my fave soup!!

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