Monday, March 31, 2014

Compañero nuevo

Sorry, I'm hardly writing anything for the blog now.  It seems like there´s always someone else to write or general conference invitations that I want to make to print out and give to everybody, or information that I have to send to the mission offices for my zone of missionaries.

I should at leat tell you all that I have new companion.  His name is Elder Esquivel.  He´s from San Juan, Argentina and has the same amount of time as me in the mission- 21 months.  He´s actually my 4th companion from my same group (in missionary jargon "group" refers to all of the missionaries who started and will end their misions on the same day).

Elder Casdorph

Monday, March 24, 2014

Elder Grow

We had a special conference with Elder Grow, a member of the 1st quorum of the seventy and member of the preisudencia of the South America Northwest Area.  It was powerful and very spiritual.  He congratulated the members for the work that they have been doing. In the last 4 months in the area (which includes Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela)  there have been 8,000 rescued less-active members who are now active in the church, which is the equivalent of 3 new stakes.  Everyone is really excited for the work of salvation.

I personally am super excited for the upcoming General Conference.  The last general conferences have changed my entire mission with the announcements of reduced ages, new missions, and a whole new focus in the work of salvation.

Please watch conference April 5th and 6th....


....and please invite everyone you know to watch it too.

Elder Casdorph

p.s.  I had a baptism Saturday. Jaime Muñoz (24 yrs.) got baptized, but I forgot the SD Card with the picture in my house, asi que no habrá foto.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Apresuraré mi obra en su tiempo

Sorry, I didn´t have much time to write last week.  I have a ton of things to write all of you, but I´ve got a bunch of other things to do too, so we´ll see if I have enough time.

My mom recently asked me for ideas about how to have more refferals to give the missionaries.  I wrote this to her, and then later decided that it´d be something good to put on the blog.

The idea is:

1.Make a list of all of your friends, family, and aquaintences that don´t know the gospel, and might be interested in listening (when someone doesn´t know that many people, this list should basically be all of the non-members that you know within the ward boundaries).

2. Pray and ask for help from the Lord to know which of the people in the list is prepared to recieve the Gospel (D+C 88:73 "Behold, I will hasten my work in its time" - the Lord is hastening is work and SOMEBODY in that list is ready to recieve the Gospel).

3. GO with the missionaries and with Dad and try to teach, invite, inspire, or get to know better the person in the list.  (Call them and say, "hey Elders I have a referral for you")

Trust me, this works.

You can also read this article, especially the Section "Bringing people into the Church" for more ideas.

If after doing the 3 steps and reading the powerful words of President Hinckley, you still don´t have anyone to present to the missionaries.  Go and visit a less-active member and invite him to go back to church.  Ask him who he knows that could receive the missionaries.  The less-actives always have a bunch of non-member friends.

Elder Casdorph