Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 38

Yo!!!!!!!!!!!!  new word of the week! when somthing surprises you say yo!!!!!
Wow I don't even know where to begin!  this week was soo full of awesome miricals!! :)   Last night we had such an amazing activity which was titled the Barra de hierro, which literaly means the iron rod, and there is a story in the book of mormon how that if we hold to the iron rod, we can see eternal life.  So we rapped rope around the church to the door handles which resembled the iron rod.  One end was where the ppl started aka birth and the other rope ended in the chaple "celestial kingdom" and so we blinfolded all thes people and told them here is your journey in life!  The goal was to hold to the iron rod until you made it to the end.  So they held onto the rod and we had ppl telling them to follow them (resembling devils) and others telling them to stay holding on the rod (angels)  Some ppl got confused and let go of the "rod" which was rope and the devils led them to the world know as "the world we live in"... while others that held on made it to the celestial kingdom... there they ate cookies and had a great time!  It was a great demonstration for everyone and everyone had a blast cuz some were in heaven and others where not and so the ones that went astray felt decieved and so it was a mini demonstration on what life actually is... Everything is symbolic!  I couldnt believe that some ppl let go of the rod even tho nefi, "god" had told them to hold onto the rod till the end, yet they still were tempted and let go because of our words... shows just how strong the pull of the world is!

This week ive really been trying to figure out what makes a person desire to be baptized and why.... We know that baptism is the gate to eternal life when done by priesthood authority which was given to joseph smith the prophet.  As i think more and more about it and the whole scheme of the world and all the many churches out there, all the different people and different beliefs, I have find myself sadden because of the lack of faith that humanity has in "God" and in "Man".  Each person has a different perspective of who god really is.  What is the secret to life.  Am i really making a difference.  And where am i really going to go after this life?  

As I think about the message that we share with each one of our investigators, I try to understand why it is not easy for them to see how i do when i am open to what they have to say.  The message that we share is the restoration of the gospel of Jesus christ.  I aske all my inv, what does that word restoration mean?  Just in worldly terms?  Well they answer me, restore means to make new.  Taking an old car for example and making it brand new!  So when i teach restoration of the gospel of jesus christ and say Joseph smith's name, automatically, people assume that we worship joseph smith.  They in turn are the ppl that have let go of the iron rod and are blind folded.  So we continue to explain about prophets of old, aka moses, noe, abraham, isach, all the prophets in the bible, great that is something we all can agree on!!, we get to the part of jesus christ establishing a church with priesthood authority (Mathew 10:1) jesus gives that authority to his apostles to teach preach and baptize... he gives 12 apostles, he is the prophet and gives the ppl the word of god.  aka thru revelation and the scriptures, all this he does so that we might hold onto the iron rod.  But what to the ppl do? they kill the prophets... So we lose the church christ establishes and many many churches form.. aka apostacy.... Logically if god loved us like he said he does and is the same yesterday today and forever, why wouldnt he call a new prophet??

So As i think and ponder a new prophet being called is really what separates us from all other churches and truths in the world.  I want to look at how joseph smith was called, he says that he had a vision, where he saw both god and jesus christ... Many ppl would say that is impossible.  If you believe in the bible you can read about Moses talking face to face with god (Exodus 33:11)... And then as Moses is being chastized for not doing as the lord has comanded, the lord says that he will call a prophet in a vision, face to face if your read it in spanish or mouth to mouth if read in english (Numbers 12:6-8)... so if god is the same today yesterday and forever and had prophets in the past to give his word, logically, how does it not make sense that he would call another prophet?

Now here is the overall question, did joseph smith really see god like he said he did?  Well we know that we can ask god and he will give unto us anything we ask in the name of jesus christ( John 14:14)  And how will we recieve an answer? By the power of the holy ghost ( 1corintheans 2:10-11) 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Godknoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

So then after all is said and done that is the question we need to ask ourselves, was joseph smith called of god by seeing him face to face,  If that is true then everthing that comes after is true.  Baptism is the gate to etearnal life and so is receiving the gift of the holy ghost.  I testify that when i was baptised and recieved it i now understand so many more things because i have the gift of the holy ghost in all times and all places.  How cool is that!!  I just want to share this message with the world because i know that joseph smith saw god and once one can understand that, the windows of heaven are now opened and blessing pour from the heavens!  This message is so important because since joseph smith saw god we can live forever! and we understand why.  So pray ask god, he will answer, I promise.  And hold tight to the iron rod!  Hope you have a great week!
Elder Cornejo

Week 37

Ok I have to start with a story!!!!  I cant believe i forgot to tell this story last week... So when i was with my trio, elder tolley and elder de leon we were walking through a pretty high class neighborhood... So Elder De Leon was soo excited to go to this persons house because he had heard that they make really good food and it was really nice.  So as we were walking to the house these dogs start barking in the distance.  Elder De Leon says oh shoot i thought they were coming for us!  I respond oh those arent the dogs you have to watch out for, you have to watch out for the German shepard!  He says oh why?  I say sarcastically, cus he will bite your face off! We dont think much of it and we knock on this really nice door and they open up... I am in the front, elder tolley is to my right but walking a little behind me and elder de leon is in the back trailing... So she opens the door and says oh come in elders... the only problem is there is about a 120 pound german shepard right in front of me staring at me, he is literally 3 feet from me... He goes stiff like he is gonna pounce and the thought that goes thru my mind is oh shooot!!!  And if any of you have ever seen the movie K9, all i am thinking of is the part when he says Lunch Time!!... Well the dog pounces and goes straight for me but i am able to hit him in the head with my backpack and i spin to the left, but the dogs momentum caries him and he goes right for Elder De Leon!!!  This dog litterally flies towards Elder De leon and he moves just in time for the dog to get his mouth around Elder De Leon's arm!!!  I was like ohhh what!!!!  He spins and the dog flies to the ground, gets back up and starts barking like crazy at us!  It was sooooo crazy!!!!!  I was litterally in shock of what had just happened!!! Good times....
But ya as for the spiritual side of things we had such a great lesson with rudy this week!!  We taught him the plan of salvation and talked about how families can live together forever when they are sealed together by the power of god in his holy temple.  Rudy was so stoked.  He definately felt the truth of our message!  We invited him to be baptized but he still wants to wait a little.... Ana Garcia is another less active member that we have been working with and she finally went to institute this last week!! It was soo good!  We are seeing so many cool miracles.  Why is that a mircale?  Because when we are living our life in line with Gods, the windows of heaven open and possibilities come that we never thought possible...  I love this job! haha  Well my ponderizing scripture for this week was Ether 12:27... "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."  I have used this scripture soo many times this week!  There is a promise from god that if we go thru trials and put God first, he will then make week things strong unto us.  I know he lives and that my trials are now a testimony to me that I must continue to help those ppl that are ready.  I love you all  Hope you have a great week!!
Elder Cornejo

Week 36

Miracles!!! All around!!!
So God gave me a miracle and let me stay in this area at least one more transfer!!! I definitely know i have work to do!!  With 12 people in the district and 10 investigators, we definately have our work cut out for us!!  Mirical this week!!  Axel, a recent convert since last february came to church!! First off last Wednesday he called us up and was like, Im just not feelin the spirit like I should.  Ive been putting off church way too long.  We went over and shared the Ether 12:27scripture with him... says 27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weakthings become strong unto them.  

We explained that if he does the first couple things, the lord promises us that whatever trial we are going thru, in the future, he will make that weak thing strong unto us.  We talked to him about the temple and this sunday he got his TEMPLE RECOMMEND!!! I was sooo pumped!!! So we are gonna hit that up soon!  Hes never gone!! Since february!!!  I always think of how excited travis biggs got when we got to do these things and i am soo pumped for Axel!!  

We have just seen so many miracles! But i am running out opf time to tell them all!!  haha  Just know that whatever happens, as long as we put trust in the lord, he always helps us, but like any good father, he makes us learn from our mistakes.  Sometimes it is hard to see how ppl cant believe, but its because we do not knock on the door ourselves as he is waiting on the other side.  Sometimes it is hard to knock!  But when you do its the warmest house youll ever walk into!!
Hope you all have a great week!! Stay Golden
Elder Cornejo

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 35

So phrase of the week, "Draft ME"  Meaning we just had a great idea so pick me! - Curtesy of Elder De Leon...  We found two new people to teach this week, so we are currently teaching 12 people.  Dice: El campo blanco esta ya para la siege!  soo true.  The lord blesses and wants to help those people that are ready to receive his message.  A veses its hard to share this message that we have with the world because of the fear of what will they say?  This last week has really taught me, if we have the spirit, we won't have to wonder what to say.  It will be given to us.  Sooo cool!  This last week we had some of the most spiritual lessons I have ever felt in my life.  One had to do with the familia de Saida.  Saida is doing sooo good!!  She was baptized in 2012 and left the church for a little bit, but now we are teaching her and her entire family!  They are the coolest people ever!! I love them so much... When we teach Saida, it is so cool as she makes little connections here and there about the plan that our heavenly father has in store for us.  Last week we talked about the Fall and Adam and Eve.  We explained that if:

 Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.

 23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.

 24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.

 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

When we understand why our first parents fell, we begin to understand our purpose here on the earth.  As we explained our purpose here, we barely had to explain, saida kept talking and she was just lead by the spirit as she made connections by herself as the spirit revealed personal revalation to her!  Sooo cool!  I could just remember as I did the same thing, sitting in Travis's house and he would just laugh and be sooo stoked for me!!  HE would never say oh I knew that but was sooo pumped that I had made that connection.  Oh man I had never felt soo much joy than in that moment, watching Saida make those connections and just feeling overwhelmed by the spirit!!  IT was soooo cool!!  

I know im typing a lot but for those of you that feel like there is not much more to learn from church of from the doctrines, I would encourage you to read 2 Nephi28:30... We met with a member this week, and he felt the same way... We bore testimony of the sacrament verse and of this scripture.  As I was talking to him, I explained the joy that I felt as I watched Saida make those connections.  There is no greater joy than sharing the gospel with those you love.  Lets face it, there are a lot of opinions out there, but there is only one truth.  If you ask god, he will give it to you.  So commitment for the week, will you all share one belief that you have from this wonderful plan with someone you care about this week?  Awwesome, I love you all so much, and if I didn't know this was absolute truth, I wouldn't waist my time.  None other than god himself with change the hearts and minds of people, but you must have a desire to find him first!  Have a great week!
Elder Cornejo

Week 34

Miracle this week!!! I made cookies and did not burn them!!! Woo!  We've been making some cookies and brownies for the ward members so they want to come out and teach with us!  Genius right?  This week was a really great week.  We are trying to change how we do missonary work and that is to work with members!  So we have really just gone through a lot of planning with our new ward mission leader and it is going to be sooo cool!!  I'm pumped!  So super funny story, but it's a missionary story so I'm warning you right now... So last preparation day after we had written we were so hungry, so we went to costco for pizza!  As we were driving home we couldn't wait to eat so we started eating in the car.  The windows are down and I have to call someone on the phone, so I am not paying attention.  My companion elder Tolley sticks his hand out the window while I start rolling it up.  He goes hey hey hey! but doesn't remove his hand from the window!!  I wind up rolling his hand up in the window as he yells HEY MY HAND IS CAUGHT right as the people on the other end pick up the phone!  We just about die laughing, the ppl on the other end are so confused, Elder Tolley says, that has been my worst fear ever since I was little and now it happened!  His reaction was priceless... Soo funny....... then I found 5 dollars.........

So spiritual out pouring of the week, Sacrament Meeting.  I am not going to tell you the story that he shared, but just know.  The Atonement is real.  Go to sacrament meeting next sunday, ask God to help you with whatever your struggle might be and He will.  After Sacrament we had the opportunity to watch 12 steps to change with a family that is addicted to alcohol.  We meet with a boy named Kevin.  He is 18 years old and he cannot go to sleep without drinking alcohol.  When he and his sister were little, their grandma would offer them alcohol.  He would drink.  She would not.  They have an older brother named Carlos.  He is about 24 and just got out of jail.  He asks Kevin, his little brother to drink with him.  Kevin wants to be a good example their youngest brother, but does not know where to start.  As we are talking, their step dad walks in drunk.  Kevin tells us that the thing that motivates him to make it though the work day is knowing that he can have a drink in the evening.  This problem with alcohol started when they were very young.  I look at my life and look how fortunate I am not to have to of delt with the problems that alcohol brought because my family set the example when we were young that Alcohol is dangerous.  It dulls senses, increases anger, and brings a number of health problems.  I feel so bad for my friend Kevin.  He is such a great kid.  Is there anyway out?  Yes and it is though the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  If one has the desire to change their life and ask him for help, I can promise, he can and will make all the difference.  I did not know how real addictions were until I came out here and meet so many great people that hide their addictions from whomever it may be.  But the thing that i told kevin is, you can lie to me, your family, your friends, even yourself, but there is one you cannot lie to and that is God.  He know us personally and he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us.  I know this gospel is so true or else I would not give 2 years of college, of dating, of my family and of my life than to help these ppl, to let them know that God is real.  That He is there when we need him the most and even when we don't need him.  If any of you or anyone you know struggles from addiction, their are programs, and videos that are labeled 12 steps to change.  Watch em.  I have watched ppl struggle from smoking and the way that they gained their testimony of whether god was true is by reading the book of mormon everytime they had a craving.  This is the way that they knew this book was from God and not from a man.  It helped them stop, live free and clean!  The book of mormon works miracles!! I love you all and feel of the spirit every day!  Hope you have a great week!
Elder Cornejo