Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Doctrine of Christ

Brothers and sisters, I hope that all is well and that you are found in the care of the Lord each day. So this las week was the leadership conference and it was incredible, but before I jump I’ll explain what happened before. On Monday my companion and I were extremely busy running from place to place because sometimes Monday we still have to work. After running around all day and working during the night Elder Garrido and Elder Matos came for exchanges. Elder Matos had been a good friend of mine during the mission he goes home this transfer, but he was able to serve Colinas when he began and that’s the area that I’m working so he had a fun time working with us in the area. Then on Tuesday all the zone leaders arrived for the conference on Wednesday. The conference was extremely special also, but extremely special. After having had the conference my companion and I were able to get back to work in the area. Were very excited also because we have great families right now. All of which have the potential to be baptized! I’ll send the photos of the baptism when it passes. As well we went to a baptismal service of the sister missionaries this week. It reminded me of my baptism, the sister missionaries are working with two less active families and in these less active families are children that were able to be baptized. The part though that reminded me of my baptism was when the children sang a special number that I sang in my baptism "I Like to Look for Rainbows". It was a very spiritual service. 

Now briefly I wanted to speak about The Doctrine of Christ. This as I had mentioned earlier was the theme of the leadership conference that we had. As many may know the Doctrine of Christ consists of exercising Faith in Jesus Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite everyone to apply and live the doctrine of Christ. In 3 Nefi 11 the savior teaches us his doctrine, but does it in a way that is easier for us to understand why we to should invite others it come unto to Christ. He says,   32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of theFather, and the Father beareth record of me, and the HolyGhost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bearrecord that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the sameshall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. As Christ explains without baptism we cannot be saved. As missionaries and members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the work that we do when we invite someone to be baptized is not to only join the true church of God, nor is it only to feel pretty or special, yes it implies the cleansing of sin, but as Christ invited the Nephites he invited them so that they could enter the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ knew that the only way we can return to live with our Heavenly Father is through baptism and the confirmation by someone holding the proper priesthood authority. I know that the invitation I extend is the same that he extends that through his gospel we can be baptized, confirmed, and endure to the end by going to the temple and living the gospel daily. I love the gospel of Christ and I know that it is only by this doctrine the one and true doctrine of God the father and his son and the holy spirit that we can be saved. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 
Elder Perfili

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