Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016-01-18 Sister Olivera‏

And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church. And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; he ordained them to preach unto them, and to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people. And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism. Having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another. And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God. And he commanded them that they should observe the Sabbath day, and keep it holy, and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God. And he also commanded them that the priests whom he had ordained should labor with their own hand for their support. And there was one day in every week that was set apart that they should gather themselves together to teach the people, and to worship the Lord their God, and also, as often as it was in their power, to assemble themselves together. And the priests were not to depend upon the people for their support, but for their labor they were to receive the grace of God, that they might wax strong in the Spirit, having the knowledge of God, that they might teach with power and authority from God.  Mosiah 18:17-25

My companion's mom is getting baptized this weekend!!! Sister Olivera has been the only member in her family for 12 years and her mom was always super Catholic. Her life in Amazonas is completely different than mine, but she has been a big blessing to me. She has a strong work ethic and we understand each other on the importance of working towards what you want.

There are so many girls/women here that do not have this. They settle with the idea that they are going to marry and stay in the house for the rest of their lives while the men work, buy food, buy equipment, and party all night long. This is sad because a lot of these women stay in a bad, abusive relationship because they have nowhere else to go.

Sorry it is short today.

Sister Morgan Ruiz