Friday, September 20, 2013

Letter home Sept. 18, 2013 Happy Chilean Independence Day!

Hey fambam! So sorry for not writing on Monday. Our Pday was changed to today (wednesday) since today is Chile's Independence Day. So happy 18th!!! We spent the entire morning helping a member make empanadas and then watch the town's little parade. It's so fun seeing everyone dressed as the Chilean ''juasos'' (cowboys). 

Thanks for all the fun photos of Brad at BYU and the new puppies! They look so cute! What makes me laugh is that duschound is the most common breed for Chilean pet dogs as well. All the ones in the streets are of course all different kinds of mutts, but almost all chileans own a weiner dog haha. Wahoo!

Random fun fact: This week I dreamed about Lacey getting married! The good news is that I was at least home for it, so I'm at least assuming it won't happen for another 10 months... 

Funny story: This week a young boy asked me, ''Is Hercules in the Bible?'' hahaha.

This week during my studies, I received quite a bit of enlightenment on the topic of God's mercy. Realistically, Christ is the only one that actually deserves salvation; He is the only one worthy of it due to our imperfections and downfalls to sin. However, if we follow His example, repent, and obey His commandments, we can become like Him. Through baptism, we can even take is name upon us, since there is no other name through which salvation comes (Acts 4:12; 2 Nephi 31:21). We don't deserve salvation, but God has provided a way to obey the laws of justice while still extending his ever-reaching mercy towards us. Thanks to Christ's Atoning sacrifice, we can be forgiven as long as we repent. Through His sacred name, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father after this time of probation has ended.

I know that Christ lives. I know that He loves us and wants us to be happy. Furthermore, I know that true happiness only comes from actively living His true gospel. Have a wonderful week! Love you!

Elder Long :)

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