It’s a new week.

 

So, first week of the new transfer is gone! It went by so fast. I’m so grateful for all the miracles I saw in a few days. I feel my Savior’s love daily and I feel the hand of the Lord helping me and my companions during our efforts to bring his children to His house. Me, Elder MacPherson and Elder Jarman had some awesome experiences last week and the most important thing is that we were able to share the message of the Restored Gospel, our special and unique message to this world. Something really important that I learned once again yesterday is that in order to have success not only in this life, but for all eternity, is to learn the real meaning of love! I know that this is something that will take a while, But that’s the point! Everyday is a new opportunity to learn about love, to show love to everyone and to serve others.

“Nothing better than love and service.”

I know that our Heavenly Father loves us in a way that we can’t describe. I know that when we exercise our faith and pray to Him, with a sincere heart and with a question in mind, we will receive an answer and If we do the right thing with that answer we receive, I promise all of you that you will see the hand Lord shaping your own life. I love all of you!

 

Elder Diogo Reis

The atonement

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No doctrine in the gospel is more important than the atonement of Jesus Christ. If the gospel were compared to a wheel, the Atonement would be the hub and all other doctrines would be the spokes emanating from the hub. As the prophet Joseph Smith declared, “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and our Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 121).

I’m so grateful for the Atonement Of Jesus Christ! In order to be blessed by the atonement of Jesus Christ, we must do the will of the Father and the Son to receive the full benefit of the Atonement. And as we can see in Hosea 10:12, Daniel 9:4 and Psalms 103: 17-18, The Lord’s Mercy is extended to those who keep God’s commandments.

And to finish I would like to share a quote from President Joseph F. Smith, and it says:

“Man cannot forgive their own sins; they cannot cleanse themselves from the consequences of their sins. Men can stop sinning and can do right in the future, and so far their acts are acceptable before the Lord and worthy of consideration. But who shall repair the wrongs they have done to themselves and to others, which it seems impossible  for them to repair themselves? By the atonement of Jesus Christ the sins of the repentant shall be washed away; though they be crimson they shall be made white as wool” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 98-99)

I know the atonement is true and that through this amazing expression of Love we can be healed. Come unto the Lord and He will give you rest!

 28 ¶aCome unto me, all ye that blabour and are heavy laden, and I will give you crest.

 29 Take my ayoke upon you, and blearn of me; for I am cmeek anddlowly in eheart: and ye shall find frest unto your souls.

 30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.

Elder Diogo Reis!

Ogden North, Go Forth!

So, it’s the beginning of a new transfer and I’m so excited! Yesterday was my second transfer day in the field and It couldn’t be funnier, I had a blast! I love how excitement we have here at the Utah Ogden Mission. So, I got two companions this transfer, how amazing that is? Yeah, Elders MacPherson and Elder Jarman are my two new companions and I know that we will do just fine, as long as we Love our Heavenly Father and obey Him. Another exciting fact about this transfer is that Hermana Fisher, who was in my MTC district, is once again at the same district as I am serving. I think that excitement is the word to describe what is about to come during the next six weeks of this transfer. Not only our companionship but all the rest of our District and zone are also really excited. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to server with amazing elders and sisters. Today we had an amazing meeting, our zone study, to set goals and expectations for this transfer. And I know that all of us were inspired and through Hard work, Love and obedience to the Lord we will accomplish our goals. I’m really happy, I know that this work is true and amazing, I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He loves each and every one of us, I know that He atoned for us and that because of  His atonement we can have everlasting happiness in this life and through all eternity. I love this Gospel and missionary work, I hope you guys are having an amazing week!

 

Elder Diogo Reis

It’s the end of the first transfer!

Oh man, these first six weeks went by so fast! I learned so much from my trainer, Elder Ganschow, who’s already at home right now. I’m grateful for the opportunity of serving as a missionary here at the Ogden Utah Mission, I know the Lord has amazing things prepared for me, as long as I Love Him enough to do all the things I have to do to accomplish my goals. In only six weeks I met so many people! Missionaries, members, Less Actives and our new investigators and I still have twenty more months to go, how exciting is that? I look forward for the opportunities I will have to serve my Savior Jesus Christ, I hope i’m spiritually prepared For the challenges I will face but I know that the Lord has prepared a way for not only me, but for all of His children to accomplish their goals and be successful on this life. I’m grateful for everything that happened during the past few weeks and I’m excited for the next transfer!! 

Being spiritually prepared

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Well, yesterday we had stake conference and one of speakers talked about something very important, which is the personal revelation. But that’s not the main point, because to receive revelation, we must be spiritually prepared. It is very important to be in tune with the Holy Spirit, for it is through him that God speaks to us and receive revelation. But what we do daily to be spiritually prepared? What we are personally doing to improve our communication with the Holy Spirit that beareth witness of Jesus and shows us the Heavenly Father’s will for each of us? It is very important to always pray with real intent(Alma 37:37), because our Heavenly Father loves us so much and listens to our prayers and when we are worthy of having the presence of the Holy Spirit with us, we will know when the answer comes. Another very important step much for our spiritual development is the reading of the scriptures, because when we read the scriptures we can also receive revelation and draw us closer to Christ. My favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon, is in the book of 1 Nephi Chapter 9 verse 6(1 Nephi 9:6), and this scripture helped me a lot and it was an answer to my prayers often. And in my humble opinion, the best thing we can do is to serve our Heavenly Father with all our heart, living the commandments He gave us. By doing these things, I promise each of you, we will be spiritually prepared to receive revelation.

 

Elder Reis

Joseph Smith – Prophet Of The Restoration

Joseph Smith – Prophet Of The Restoration

This is one of my favorite talks from General Conference. President Ted R. Callister from the presidency of the quorum of the Seventy talks about Joseph Smith, the prophet called by God to restore His Gospel.  I testify to all of you, from the bottom of my heart and in the name of Jesus Christ that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is once again on earth and that through His Gospel we can receive the remission of our sins and most important, we can have everlasting happiness.

Elder Diogo Reis.

It is all about Love.

ImageFor you, what the word love means? I wonder the same thing every day and before I begin to express my feelings on this subject, I would like to share with you the definitions given to the word love:

a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child>  (2) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates>

 

Love is a feeling of deep devotion, concern, and affection. The greatest example of God’s love for His children is found in the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ. Love for God and fellow men is a characteristic of disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

Our love for those around us increases when we remember that we are all children of God—that we are spirit brothers and sisters. The love that results from this realization has the power to transcend all boundaries of nation, creed, and color.

When I left home on May 29, to serve my full-time mission, I had in my mind the word obedience. For me, my success would be measured by my obedience here in the mission field. But when I came here and met hundreds of other missionaries, I felt I was focusing too much on the word obedience when in fact I should be learning about the word love. I confess to you that I have a lot to learn about love, especially how to learn to love my neighbor as myself(Matthew 22:35-40). But I’m sure in my mind and in my heart that when I strive every day to learn the real meaning of love, to look for opportunities to serve others with all my heart, I know I will learn what Heavenly Father I wants me to learn. I have not forgotten obedience, but today I’m sure that by learning the real meaning of love, specifically the love for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we will do all things that are necessary in order for us to our progress here on earth by sincere LOVE  and not by obedience that does not always mean that we are doing something for our free will but to get recognition. And I would like to finish with a short story from President  Gordon B. Hinckley:

“The greatest challenge we face in our hurried, self-centered lives is to follow this counsel of the Master. Years ago I read the story of a young woman who went into a rural area as a schoolteacher. Among those in her class was a girl who had failed before and who was failing again. The student could not read. She came from a family without means to take her to a larger city for examination to determine whether she had a problem that could be remedied. Sensing that the difficulty might lie with the girl’s eyes, the young teacher arranged to take the student, at the teacher’s own expense, to have her eyes tested. A deficiency was discovered that could be corrected with glasses. Soon an entire new world opened to the student. For the first time in her life, she saw clearly the words before her. The salary of that country schoolteacher was meager, but out of the little she had, she made an investment that completely changed the life of a failing student, and in doing so she found a new dimension in her own life.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, ‘And the Greatest of These Is Love’ Ensign, March 1984)

I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, When we do our best to serve others with all our heart, when we look for daily opportunities to serve, we will be blessed with understanding of the love that God and Jesus Christ has for us and we will be blessed throughout our journey here on earth. 

Elder Diogo Reis

 

 

Welcome!

Hi, I’m Elder Diogo Reis! So, this is my first post in my first blog! Since I love writing, Here I’ll report my experiences and the stories that will have during the mission! I really want to share with you guys how much I love this Gospel and how important it is to serve as a missionary. I know that God lives and the He loves all of His children, I know that the truthfulness of the Gospel was restored by a living prophet, who was called by God. I’m really glad for having this opportunity of sharing my beliefs, my experiences and the most important thing I could share with you guys, my testimony of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ.

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Elder Diogo Reis

 6 “But the Lord aknoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all bpower unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.” (1 Nephi 9:6)