Hola! It's been another great week in Bellevue- Crossroads Spanish branch!
Anywho, he knows more about the Gospel than I do basically, but... he stole a candybar from Walmart the other day. So after General Conference at the Stake center, Teresa took me and Sister Laney and Orlin into the kitchen and had us talk the situation out with him. He was so... distraught I guess you could say. He was completely silent and angry and resentful. Poor kid. Sister Laney is the best companion ever. She crouched down and looked him in the eyes and talked to him about what he did, why he did it, and what he could do to fix it. I can't really explain why I thought she did such an amazing job, but I just know that something small like that really changed Orlin's life and perspective on sin. Teresa and I were teary-eyed as we listen to Sister Laney explain this to him in childlike, simple terms.
The Doctrine of Christ is centered around having Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentence, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I'm here to tell ya, that these things are just as relevant, or more relevant, to us than to investigators. We are cleansed from sin every Sunday when we partake of the Sacrament, and we renew our baptismal covenants to always remember Christ, take His name upon us, and to do what He would do in every situation. We constantly need to develop and strengthen our Faith in Christ and His Atonement. We need to repent daily, in order to become like Him. That's something I've realized so far. That I have SO much to repent of every single day. I am so grateful for that aspect of the Atonement. Because we have the Holy Ghost, we are more able to make correct choices and know and feel bad when we make incorrect ones. How we "endure to the end" is by repeating this process constantly throughout our lives (It's our Missionary Purpose, the 4th Article of Faith, 2 Nephi 31, Alma 7, 3 Nephi 11-18, and so many other places in the Book of Mormon.) This, my friends, is how we are all going to be able to return to live with Heavenly Father again. So important.