Jose and his family still go to church every week but really cannot progress to much more because the mom is so scared of taking any action when it comes to marriage, or just asking her boss for a schedule change so that she can go to church. The rest of the family still wants to progress and be baptized, we are going to keep praying and teaching them, the key will be through reading the Book of Mormon with them. Some of the kids could be baptized now, we want them to progress as a family, but they also cannot wait on the mom forever to start getting these blessings.
Gladys still wants to be baptized but her mom refuses to give her permission, Gladys is only 17 so she cannot sign for herself, and she won’t turn 18 till almost the end of this year. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions with what we could do with either one of these situations, please send them my way.
I found a scripture this week that I think is awesome, especially with starting the new year and all, this is a great time to make some changes and lets make it happening. =) It is in Doctrine and Covenants 88:124, and it says:
Cease to be idle, cease to be unclean, cease to find fault one with another, cease to sleep longer than is needful, retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary, arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.
I love the usage of the word cease. The word cease is almost always used when something should change in this moment, it does not say eventually cease to be idle. There was also a talk given by Elder Holland that is called, Be Ye Therefore Perfect, Eventually. There is a big difference in being perfect and ceasing to do things that keep us from being perfect. Dad, in his previous email talked about a verse from Moroni 10 in which we are exhorted to deny all ungodliness. When we cease to do these things mentioned in the scripture above, we are denying ungodliness, and becoming perfect… eventually. And as we all know there are many more things that we can and should change that are not mentioned in that scripture. I hope that we can all be perfect, eventually, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesu Cristo we can and will do it.
I love you all so much and hope and pray that you have an amazing week!
Love, your brother and son,