Okay, I dont know where to begin this week. I have had more than a few really spiritually trying expieriences this week. I feel like Ive grown more this week than in any week past. The work is great, and is progressing, but ive learned more than anything, that we are here on the earth to be tried. There is no way out of it. We will be tried, in ways that are uncomftable, in ways that we dont want to accept. God has a higher plan to everything. We can not comprehend the higher plan that God has for us.
Monday, July 27, 2015
We have an investagador named Miriam. We have been visiting here every other day since the day that I got here 5 weeks ago. Little by little shes been starting to accept our message, and starting to read in the Book of Mormon. This week she was way excited to come to church for the first time. Her life was going great. She was content with her life, and she had no major problems in her life. We visited her saturday night, to verify that she was all good to go to church on the next day. I was not ready to hear what she had to tell us. We knocked on her door, and with tear stained eyes, she opened the door and let us in. She didnt say much initially, she just wept... We were deeply concerened, because we truly care about her, and we truly feel this undescribable love for her. She opened up and described her expierience on the previous night. She went to visit her mother who only is 60 years old. It was like normal, they were talking and just visiting, and then her mother said that she didnt feel too good. A few minuets later in front of Mirams eyes, her mother mother had a Heart Attack and passed away almost instantly. I did not know what I could possibly do to ease her pain and suffering. With her were 2 uncles, brothers of her mother, who were drunk, lauging and joking as if nothing happened, and then there was Miraim, weeping out of the love that she had for her mother. With her, we read in the bible about Christ being the prince of peace. Only through Chirst can we recieve peace in this life. We will all go through difficulties, we will all expierience pain and suffering, and only through Christ can we be relived. For Miriam, she is without hope. We are her hope. Her family doesnt care, Miriam was the only daugher of her mother, her mothers only friend. Weve taught her the plan of salvation, and she wants so desperatly to belive that it is true. I feel a great responibility to help her recieve peace and hope. I feel this deep love for her, and I want so desperatly to help her. Im not going to lie, Ive poured out my soul in prayer for her, Ive mourned with her, Im doing all I can to fufil my role as a personal represenative of the price of peace, the lord Jesus Christ.
After reading of what happened this past week to Bill, I cant help but think of this expierience. Bill was a great friend of mine. I know that God has a higher plan for him. They can recieve a peace of mind only through our this gospel and through Jesus Christ. He is hope. He is Peace of Mind. I have a lot of praying to do this week, but we can and will be strenghted through the Lord.
I thought you might like this. I got your package yesterday. I havent had time to take any really great pictures, but I think youd like to see my face after a few months!
Monday, July 20, 2015
So this was another pretty busy week. There was less meetings and more much needed teaching appointments. This week weve been praying for miracles. Weve been praying that things will turn aroung here, and that our investagators will have a desire to change and come around. And what do you know, weve recieved a few different miracles this week.
We have one investagator whose name is Vanessa. Vanessa has come to church every week since ive been here. She reads in the book of mormon ever night with her son. Her son is 7 years old, and he loves the church. He made his mom buy him a white shirt and a tie so he could be like the missionaries. He wihtout a doubt is going to be a future missionary. The problem with Vanessa, is she needs to be married before she can be baptized. She understands the importance of marriage, and she really wants to be married because she wants to be baptized, but the porblem is with her boyfriend. I have never met the guy, but Vanessa always said that he doesnt want to me married and she doesnt know why. Theyve been living together for almost 10 years, so the fear of obligation wasnt the problem. We were really confused and really kinda sad for Vanessa. Anyways this week, out of the blue, we recieved a phone call from the boyfriend who weve never talked to before. He set up an appointment to talk to us about whats holding him back from the marriage. Essentially, last year he had a run in with the law, it wasnt anything serious, but Vanessa didnt know about it. He was afraid that when he took out the papers for the marriage, the past event would be highlighted in his history. We talked through it with him and he realized that it wasnt anything seriuous enough to keep his wife from happiness. He accepted to be married after this miracle meeting. This week weve been working though the papers, and they are being married and baptized on the 1st of August.
There was countless miracles this week, but there is one more id like to share with you. I do not know if you remember Walter. He was the boy who was near death, and me and Elder Chirinos blessed him in my second week here. Well, the last week we were in Montererey, we started visiting him and teaching him. At this time, he had problems with his wife. His wife left him, and she took his son with her. He didnt understand why, but he felt like he could recieve peace through the church. My last Sunday in Monterrey, he came to church with us, and that was the last ive heard of him. Well this week we were in social security officies helping Vanessa with her papers, and there in the office was Walter and his wife. After I got transfered The sister missionaries started visiting him. He kept coming to church, and 2 weeks ago, his wife came back to him. This week he was preparing to be married to her, and they both are being baptized in the 1st of august. This man has experienced so many miracles, and always I have been part of them. I feel blessed to be part of his life, and I feel blessed to be a witness of the miracles of the lord through this man. I can not describe how happy I am that he is being baptized, and that his wife came back, and that hes getting married to his wife. I do not know if my path will ever cross with his again, but I am so gratefull for the expieriences Ive had with this man.
Really that has been my week, a miraculous week. Ive been doing the same things Ive been doing in the past, just trusting in the lord, and I have witnessed miracles. The Church is true family, just the church is true!
Monday, July 6, 2015
Entonces, Creo que ustedes tuvimos un muy bueno semana! Estoy muy feliz para ustedes!
So yeah, This was definitly another week. We have been working like none other. I actually have a way powerfull companion. Once we are out of the house, we do great work. This week has been proably my best week to date number wise. We have contacted countless people, and right now we have 12 really positive investagators. We started the week with nothing, and now we have 12 people preparing to be baptized. We have essentially revived this area in one week. I am convinced that this area is the best area for missionary work in not only the whole mission, but the whole world. That has been my attitude this week.
Everything changes when we changed our attitudes. We started to look into the future and not into the past this week. We started to be positive with everyone. Our attitude dictates a ton in this work. I knew that there were prepared people in this area, we just had to find them, and have the attitude to find them. And what do you know, we found them all right. I still belive that there is alot more people in this area who are ready for the gosple. As I said, this area is the best area in the world.
Other things this week, we got a new president. This is bitter sweet. Presidente Fortuna was extremely powerfull, and really loving. Right now, I really know nothing about Presidente Ferman, but like the work, Im having a positive attitude about him. Presidente Fortuna created a great atmosphere and a great foundation, and Presidente Ferman will build upon that foundation and build up the work here even more than it already is.
Really nothing much else has happened this week, just alot of work. Things are going good here, and yeah. Enjoy your summer, and Have a great week!!!
Con bastante amor
Ha, im reading in LDS.org right now, and The first
presidency just anounced this week, that Suit coats are not required in my