Monday, May 18, 2015

Witness of the Savior's Atoning Sacrifice

Hola Familia y Amigos—

I love you all so dearly. I have been touched to see the desires of your hearts to share the gospel. Goals are the reflections of our hearts. And the Lord can surely see thy fruits. May the Lord bless you in your efforts to find those who are ready but willing to hear Him and do His will in His ways. 

I am so glad to hear that you had talks and they went so well. I could feel the power in just the title "Blessings that come from following a modern day prophet." Thank you for sharing that with me.

I would like to share with you what I learned this week during my studies and then the application in our lives. I will share with you the Power of Faith.

As I studied about faith in the book of Alma--he teaches us that faith is hope in true principles. Let’s think about that for a moment. We can have faith that Jesus is the Christ. We can have faith that He has the power to heal, that He is mindful of each and every one of us, that He will strengthen us, and if we endure it well, we may qualify for eternal life.

That being said, I had the opportunity to have “intercambios” (exchanges) with another Hermana. I went to her area so I was following her lead to our “citas” (appointments) and meeting people I did not know. Interesting enough, one lesson in particular touched me deeply. As missionaries we listen, observe, discern and teach according to the feelings and thoughts that come to our hearts and minds. The man’s name that we were teaching was Pepe. As we taught Pepe about the Atonement and Jesus Christ, and how we all have problems, sufferings, guilt and worries in life, we must remember that all experiences are necessary for our salvation. As we began the lesson, I could see the HOPE in Pepe’s eyes, the faith that comes in Christ, all His suffering and all His sins can be taken away. I felt the Holy Ghost bare such powerful witness behind our words of the reality of Jesus Christ and what He did for us. 

I love my Lord and Savior and what He did for me. I am here because of Him. I am here to testify of His Atoning sacrifice and love. I know He Lives. I know the Book of Mormon is evidence of his power and life. I have seen the power that it has – as lives of many people are changed, including mine. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in His great work. I love the Elche ward that I am serving in! I hope you have a wonderful week. 

Mucho Amor--Lots of Love,

Hermanita Arce

Monday, May 11, 2015

Trust In Its Own Wings...

HELLO Family and Friends!

I would like to start out with the quote we were given in the conference in Sevilla. "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got." -David A. Bednar 

Now this was applied to missionary work but this can also be applied to almost anything! I love how in the scriptures Christ never said, Come follow me and your life will be easy. No that is not mentioned once but He does say along with a promise. "Come follow me, and believe on my name and you shall have Eternal Life." These are true promises. We all have trials and this is a promise we can hold on, as long as we put our trust in Him.

The Spain Malaga Mission had the great opportunity to hear from Elder Dyches of the Seventy and open our visions on how to be better disciples of Jesus Christ. Another great quote I really liked that was shared during this meeting was about Trust. "A bird sitting in a tree is NEVER afraid of the branch breaking because it’s Trust is not in the tree but in its own Wings." -Unknown.

Brothers and Sisters, as we Trust in the Lord He has given us promises in which He is bound to do His part. He will not forsake us as we journey through this life. Our older brother and closest friend Jesus Christ is there helping us every step of the way! I know this to be true, because of the Holy Ghost which bears witness to me of the truthfulness of all things. I love each and every one of you.

I pray for you. God is aware of you and your needs. Pray to Him who knows you best. Of this I leave with you in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Besos y Abrazos

Hermana Arce

Hermana Asay and I with one of our favorite ward members. She is from Argentina.

Having Fun Bowling as a District.

Hermana Asay and I with our friend -- Letter A.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Missionary Work in the Digital Age Mission-wide Conference

Hello family and friends;

This letter will be super short as we were busy with the Missionary Work in the Digital Age Mission-wide Conference held on May 6, 2015 in the beautiful city of Sevilla, Spain.

Great to hear that brother Dawson is our bishop! WOW!!!!!!! That is a good man right there. He will do a great job. Tell him I said hello and I am happy for his new calling!! 

Thank you for your prayers on my behalf and for emailing me showing how much you really do care. I hope you enjoy my emails as much as I enjoy yours. 

I am running out of time! I had a really good week with Hermana Asay. We had much success as we are started to talk to people about family history. I didn’t know how many people are really interested in finding their ancestors. It is so amazing and a great manifestation of the importance of finding your ancestors. 

Love bunches,

Hermana Arce

Mission Conference Update:

We never thought this would happen, but last week we ALL met together for the first time in history, as far as we know.  Elders Clark, Fife and Weenig moved mountains (of missionaries) to get us all here for a wonderful conference with Elder Dyches of our Area Presidency and Elder Allen of the Missionary Department and their wives.  It was about using technology for good, being agents to act rather than objects to be acted upon, and about our leaders' vision for missionary work and technology now and in generations to come.  But it was mostly about change, repentance, and the healing arms of Jesus Christ.  We will never forget it.

Missionary Work in the Digital Age Mission-wide Conference
Wednesday, 6 May
Seville, Spain