“I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)”
When Jesus Christ was here on earth, he established his church upon “Apostles and Prophets” (Ephesians 2:20). One of which was Peter, whom he gave “the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”. However, after they crucified Christ and persecuted his apostles of which included Peter, this sacred power to eternally bind families together for eternity was withdrawn. Although thanks to the tender mercies of our father in heaven, in the year 1820 these sacred keys were newly restored upon the earth. Or in other words, through and with the authority of God we have once again been blessed with the privilege to eternally seal/bind our families together on earth and in the heavens above through the holy temples.
As a mission every 3 months we have our annual temple trips. What we basically do there is help others that have passed away and never had the chance to make these promises with God, have that chance. A couple of weeks ago as I was walking onto temple grounds this women from across the parking lot came sprinting towards me screaming, “Elder, elder, elder Manzanera!” At first I was thrown off by this crazy women that I couldn’t seem to recognize. But she then ask me, “Have you come for the sealing?!” As I surprisingly stood there my mind began sifting through just about each and every brain cell to try to figure out whom and what this crazy lady was talking about. Shortly after she stares at my confused blank face and says, “Elder Lopez is also going to come right before he heads off to the airport for his mission in Cusco.” Finally after my mind had been vigorously twisting and turning the dials, in that moment the last gear slide into place. “Nooo wayy… They’re getting sealed today?!” I responded. With a big bright smile on her face she says, “Yes, Pablo and his wife along with their family are getting sealed together right before Aaron heads off to the mission.”
About a year or so ago Aaron was my right hand man back in La Victoria whom accompanied me just about each and every day for my four and a half months I was there. When I first arrived to La Victoria, his mother was inactive and his dad was basically a junkyard junky that worked on cars all day. During my stay, and with the little to no Spanish I spoke, we were able to reactivate his mom and I got to baptize his father (Pablo).
Little did I know they were going to make an eternal promise with God and become sealed as a family. So I quickly grabbed the phone and hit speed dial to call President Boswell for permission. My companion and I were then able to be part of their sealing. But that’s not all, the Lopez family even asked me to be one of the two witnesses to their sealing. This was the first time I had ever seen/entered a sealing room in my life. It was such an unforgettable privilege to be part of something so sacred and special. I vividly remember every moment, especially the smile on Hno. Pablo’s face. He is a very shy guy and not too much of a smiler but on this occasion his smile was contagious. I remember leaving with a sore face from being so happy and looking into the mirror and saying to my companion, “It won’t be too long before I’m here again” haha. What I was able to experience that day was without a doubt one of or if not the best thing I’ve witnessed in my 21 years. Something I’ll never forget, people I’ll always remember and a goal I’ll always have.
As you guys might have noticed with this recent event, lately I have been spiritually spoiled but as to my physical state, I don’t think I have ever been so busy/stressed/exhausted in my entire life because of something I’ve never really liked, RESPONSIBILITY! Now more than ever I’ve got a lot of it, and it just keeps on coming just like my companions do as I receive my 17th new companion tomorrow. Yep, I still can’t believe it either how fast this transfer went by with Elder Garate. Even though things might have been a bit chaotic for us, hands down one of the most memorable, entertaining and productive transfers yet. Although there’s still so much I’ve gotta learn, it’s just a matter of keeping my head in the game and capitalizing on the opportunities that come.
Even though some may have left me in the dust, don’t worry I have yet to forget about a single of you guys. So much has changed and for that reason I couldn’t be more proud since that’s the purpose of this life.
“For behold, now is the time and the day of our salvation. …For behold, this is the time for men to prepare to meet God.” – Alma 34:31-32
From the smallest to the biggest, our day-to-day decisions make us who we are. Something I’ve learned here in the mission is that “you become what you want to be, by consistently being what you want to become each day. (Richard G. Scott)”
p.s Playoffs?! – haha, I can only imagine how many times my dad has repeated that phase since the start of football season (poor Mendy haha). Although is it safe to say the burnt orange is back?!… #Hookem #CowboysNation please keep me updated with the sports! :))