Monday, March 25, 2013

WK61 'Repent!!'

Dear Family and Friends!
Well mission, district, and area wise this week was a little bit of a humbling week. We faced a lot of opposition and weren't able to do all that we had planned. But I know it is just God preparing us for even greater heights. We are going to do all that we can this week to remember what God needs us to so we can continue to see success!
We were able to leave many harvest blessings this week. It was amazing to see God put His children in our path as we always did all we can to speak with everyone. We had the attitude this week to bless everything that moved and because of that God blessed us and put many prepared people in our path!
It truly is amazing to see people countenance change after the Spirit touches them from the blessing. It happens all the time as we give the Lord all we have!
One thing that really hit me this week is how we truly must rely upon the Savior Jesus Christ. I know we say this all the time, but we must truly internalize this and be converted unto it! In our lives we often times put up walls around us that prohibit us from reaching our full potential. When this happens we must repent immediately and allow the Savior to remove those walls and thus we will become who God wants us to become!
I love you all and the work is moving foreword as always! Continue the work in the vineyard where ever you are called to labor, and Christ will labor along side you!

With Love,
Elder Pond

Monday, March 18, 2013

WK60 'The Atonement'

Dear Family and Friends!

Just another week in paradise! As always we were able to work extremely hard and see many mighty miracles! Work Ethic is one of my favorite "Qualifications for a Miracle" and is an expression of our love for the Lord as it says in Preach My Gospel. This week we saw many powerful experiences that as we worked hard and put our trust in God, he performed miracles for us.
There has been this family of four that I have been teaching since I got here. The 79 year old father was harvested before I got here and they weren't planning on going back and teaching him. But I had the strongest impression to go teach him and his family so we did! They have faced many trials as they have been progressing but we were able to help them overcome them. At the beginning of this past week as we were making baptismal plans for our progressing investigators we felt extremely inspired that this family would be baptized Saturday. So we wrote out a plan and executed it as best as we could. Then came Saturday and this family was baptized! It was amazing to see our plans come to life and with the strength of Christ this family now has the infinite gift of the Atonement of Christ! We must always make specific plans, trust in the Spirit, and execute those plans to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man!
Another experience that impacted me this week was with the family that got baptized last Sunday. One of her sons was at his friends house Sunday morning so he wasn't able to be baptized. But what was amazing was immediately following he saw how much baptism impacted his family and he wanted that for himself. So he was baptized Sunday and it was amazing!
Things are amazing though! The Mission, Zone, District, and our Area are doing things that have never been done before every single day! I know as we continue to do what God would have us do, we will see many mighty miracles! God loves all of His children. So we must baptize all of His children so they can fully partake of the Atonement of Christ! Let us press foreword in His work!!
With Love,
Elder Pond

Monday, March 11, 2013

WK59 'The Kingdom of God!!'

Dear Family and Friends!
This week was absolutely amazing!! Our loving Heavenly Father has been granting unto us enormous blessings here in Plantation, in the District, Zone, and Mission! Once again we have been able to have experiences that have converted many unto Christ and helped me become more converted unto Christ!
This week Elder Rondo and I were extremely busy running around doing baptismal interviews for the Sisters in our District. We had a bunch of meetings as well which left us with little time to spend in our area. To put on top of it we had many people who we made specific plans to baptize Sunday and were looking at a big weekend for the area of Plantation. But with not a lot of time in our own area we put our trust in God and knew that He would make all work out. Then Sunday came and when we went to round up all our investigators for church they were all there and ready! At church we were extremely blessed by God to have eleven investigators there to taste of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Then we began to prepare for the stake baptism that we were having and had four Children of God all dressed in white ready to be baptized. One of the baptisms was a lady named Elenis who is one hundred percent blind and exercised a lot of faith in Christ to enter into the waters of baptism. Her family was suppose to be baptized with her but her son and grand-daughter got scared Saturday night and decided to wait till they felt "ready". But we let the Spirit take care of that one! As I was able to baptize Elenis the rest of her family was front and center and you could see it in their faces that they felt the Spirit. So after everyone had been baptized Elder Smoot asked me to pull the plug and I told him to wait, cause we are gonna have two more baptisms! So we went to Elenis' family, recognized the Spirit we felt, stood at the baptismal font and read Alma 7:15, and they both accepted to be baptized right there! We hurried and gave them baptismal clothing they put them on and they were baptized right there! It was amazing to see God bless us for being diligent, and most importantly the Spirit work within them to get them into the waters of baptism "this day" as Alma says!
So the work here in Plantation and the mission is moving along! Time for "Miracle March"!! We were actually able to see a miracle from a recent convert this week! So one of our recent converts that is extremely converted signed up on immediately following her confirmation. This week we got a call from her and she said, "I'm movin to Tampa!" Apparently she met some guy on and he got her a job in Tampa and payed for her plane ticket to come live out there. Super crazy! Yesterday I spoke with her and the guy is a very faithful member of the Church and said they are planning on getting married in the temple in a year! I cannot believe it! It is crazy but super cool at the same time.
Well I love ya'll and know this is absolutely God's work. I know as we do all that we can for the Kingdom of God that God will provide the rest!

With Love,
Elder Pond

Monday, March 4, 2013

WK58 'Witness Time!!'

Dear Family and Friends!!
I cannot express the gratitude that I have in my heart for the Lord especially this week. I know even more now how much he truly is laboring along side us every step of the way. Elder Rondo and I saw huge miracles this week and the entire District saw huge miracles as well!
This week we saw a huge witness after the trial of our faith. Lately we have been working extremely hard and doing all that we can but have been seeing trials come up. A huge trial for me was the bike crash last Saturday night. And yes I am completely fine and nothing is wrong so don't worry about me at all! But as I allowed to Atonement to work within me we continued to "press foreword steadfastly with faith in Christ"! Then on Sunday we saw a huge miracle. We had four new investigators come to church for the first time that all have baptismal dates for next Sunday. As well as there is a part-member family where the father of the family was baptized about three years ago but due to problems with the mother of the family the kids have not been baptized even though they attend church every Sunday. We have had several extremely powerful, spiritual experiences with this family and one of the kids got interviewed on Friday to boost her desires even higher! She still was unsure about baptism. But before church on Sunday Elder Rondo and myself were able to testify to her and invite her to be baptized that day. She still expressed doubts about her mother and I had a spiritual impression to invite her for Tuesday. She still was unsure and then the church service started. But what is truly amazing is what happened after church! She walked up to us and exclaimed very clearly that she absolutely will get baptized Tuesday. The Spirit worked within her at church as we did all that we could and testified boldly with love. A huge witness of our faith and now she will be able to receive the Atonement of Christ!
The District is on fire with faith in Christ as well it is truly amazing! I got two brand new missionaries in my District straight from the MTC so it was been amazing to already begin and play an influential role in their conversion process as representatives of Christ. We also broke a record as a mission and had 44 baptisms this week!! The Lord is absolutely laboring along side us every step of the way.
I love the Lord. I know Jesus is the Christ. And I know with faith in Christ, ALL things are possible!

Love ya'll!!
Elder Pond