The game of Work

I woke up to the see the headlines that there was an earthquake off the coast of Chile (quite south of you)  did you feel any of it?

  • No, I wasn’t even aware that there was one.

Share a favorite teaching moment from this week.

  • A focus of the area and in general the Church recently, as far as the missionary work goes has been on repentance. This week we have taught a lot about repentance and about how to repent. Yesterday we had lunch with and taught the family of a recent convert. The mom is the only member and has been struggling to fight off relapses on an addiction to tobacco. We shared about repentance with her and with her son and daughter. The daughter who is one of those people that frequently says “I believe in God but I think that beeing a good person is enough.”  However, as we explained, taught, and testified of the power and need of repentance, she asked a very good question:
  • ¿How do I know if I have really repented?
  • So we shared about how when we have truly repented, even if we continue falling sometimes because of addiction or human weakness, that we don’t have the desires to do it.
  • She then commented “Oh, I guess I have never really repented then.”
  • Great lesson.

Something that made you smile.

  • There is an old couple in our ward. They are in their 80. The church is on a small hill with a relatively steep incline going up to it. Every single Sunday, the Brother comes and walks up slowly by his wife, holding her bags and supporting her with his arm. It made me smile to see such loyalty.
  • There is a little kid who is like a little demon. He throws books at us. Sometimes his plastic toys and spits on us occasionally during prayers. However, the other day, he came in to the room as we were teaching and said. “Mama, can I be a missionary? I want to be a missionary.” Also, a great moment.

Tell us a few things that you appreciate/admire about your companion.

  • Diligence. He is incredibly diligent. He almost never gets distracted, or tired, or off subject.
  • Innovative. He is always thinking of new things to do and what we could do to help out our investigators or the zone.
  • Patient. I have a tendency to just take things over sometimes, and he is patient with that and of course all of my other weaknesses.
  • Bold. He just tells it like it is, without being a jerk.

And as usual share whatever is on your mind.

We had to speak on Sunday, with about a half hour of preperation. The  Bishop asked me to speak aobut how to become more like Christ through repentance. It was good. I used the example of Matthew 4:17-20

17 ¶From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 18 ¶And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

Yeah, so what I got out of this, is marked in red. Christ started his ministry preaching repentance to the people. Repentance implies that we accept the invitation to “follow [him],” thereby embarking in a process to change the things that we are doing that impede us from following him (repenting).

Then in verse 20 it just shows us that repentace should not be left off until tomorrow. But that today, we should choose to “straightway” leave behind our sins and start to change.

Other things on my mind.

Not really. I am doing well. We are packing up our apartment to move out to another one, so that the sisters can live in ours. We will leave the bags packed until Wednesday when they announce changes.

Thank you for your love and support

You`re the best

All my love

Elder Tonkinson

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