Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 11, 2015

I love the "It is ALL true!" thing a lot!!! Thats something that I think is becoming more and more important, because I'm learning more and more about how many less actives we have in the church and so many of them fall away because of one commandment they don't want to keep or one piece of the doctrine that they don't agree with. My ward here has a frequency of like 70-90 people on a good day and SIX HUNDRED INACTIVES. We still meet new less actives all the time in the street when we're doing contacts and its so sad, because you know exactly that they've been baptized because they get this super guilty look on their faces when we introduce ourselves as missionaries. When I come home from my mission I just want to visit every inactive member we have in our ward and help them come back, because its so sad to think that they're not living to their fullest potential or their fullest capacity for happiness. Also, its even sadder to think about what they're sacrificing for the eternities, because they've been baptized and now aren't following.
One thing I know though is that you and Mom are the best for visiting and home teaching faithfully those members that haven't been going to church for years and never giving up, because as members thats one of our most important roles, taking care of recent converts and less actives. I've already seen how often recent converts become inactive because they're at a really fragile time where they're trying to get used to the church and all the new customs and trying to learn the doctrine and strengthen the testimony they have, but its HARD. You know its hard, because you've had the experience and you had Mom there at least always encouraging you to keep going, keep going to church, remembering the commandments, and such, but so many recent converts get lost because the missionaries that taught them got transferred and suddenly they don't have anyone visiting them and helping them to stay converted. There's always going to be inactives with ridiculous excuses for why they aren't going to church anymore, but we have to give them a chance to come back and feel what they once felt. I loooooove the talk from this last conference I think by Elder Uchdorf where he talked about analyzing if the gospel is "working for us." I truly have a testimony that the gospel is ALWAYS going to work for us and only lead us to happiness if we stay strong and just keep our covenants and continue going to church during the hard times, but its like the scriptures say, if we stop, if we withdraw, if we dont keep the commandments we have NO promisse. Well, thats my insane tangent for the day hahaha You can share this with the blog if you want, maybe it'll inspire someone to go out and visit even just a member they havent seen at church for a couple Sundays and bring them a little joy of the Gospel.
ITS ALL TRUE!!! hahhaha love it!!!! LOVE YOU and I miss you guys so much! I miss the easy life of being at home and dealing with normal struggles, because missions are harrrrrrrrd. I love it and I've never been so happy I made a decision, but it is still very hard haha

Muito amor,
Sister Neal

Almost forgot!!! Two more of the boys from the family of less actives we've been working with got baptized this Sunday! Woohooo!!!! It was awesome:) The other Sister is one of the Sister Training Leaders thats been with us for a few days. I'll explain all in my email to Mom now hahahah LOVE YOU

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