Monday, June 6, 2016
We taught Julio last night. He wasn't able to come to church but we were able to catch him at the end of the day. He invited us in, sat us down, ran to grab the Plan of Salvation pamphlet we had given him, and then said, "I have a question." I love that. I love teaching people who really have a desire to learn and understand. We taught the lesson and I felt like I was learning just as much as he was. We talked about John 3:16 "And God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son." Julio thought for a second and said, "wow, God must love us a lot then." I know that God does love us a lot. He is just as exited to teach us and help us through life's journey as I am to teach Julio or anyone who receives me. But imagine His joy when we invite Him in and open our heart, when we kneel down to pray and say, "I have a question," and then listen and learn. I testify that God will answer those who ask him with a sincere and humble heart.
I love you all,
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
I can't believe how fast that week just flew by!
We saw Celeste and Jiovanni again. I wanted to talk to Jiovanni a little more because he listens when we come by but he's kept himself pretty quiet. The spirit was strong. Jiovanni opened up a little bit. I was hoping he would tell us about how his family is against him listening to us and coming to church, because I know that that is a problem, but instead he talked about how he never got an answer when he prayed. I know that one day he will join the church with Celeste, it just might take a little time.
We have a lot of people we are working with who have drug and alcohol addictions. It is super super hard. It ruins peoples lives, takes away their agency, traps them, and destroys families. My testimony of the Word of Wisdom is strong. Living and following the commandments of God truly brings freedom.
Have a great week!
1) Exchanges with Elder Brede
2-3) Bad bug bite? Nope, It's Poison Ivy. Nasty stuff.
4) Saying bye to Fausta and family.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Yesterday the Sweetwater Branch officially became the Sweetwater Ward! It's been great to see how much it has grown.
On Saturday we went to a flea market that was filled with Hispanics. It was a lot of fun. I felt like I was in Mexico. There was people everywhere selling anything and everything you can imagine. We talked to a lot of people and even found a less active member who we had lost complete contact with when I was here last year.
Last night we went with a member, for dinner, to a graduation party of a friend of his. First of all, Tacos de pastor are soooo good when they are done right. There was a lot of people there sitting at the table where we were eating. They all started asking us questions about who we are, how I learned spanish, and what we are doing. One of the guys said that he had a lot of Mormon friends in Mexico when he was a kid and one of them served a mission too. He said he liked the Family Nights and we exchanged numbers so that we could do one with their family. Sharing the gospel can be very easy and natural.
Probably the coolest guy we're teaching, Julio. We left him with a restoration pamphlet and he read the whole thing and even answered the questions in the back. That's the first time I've ever seen anyone do that. He's a pretty cool, sincere, smiley guy.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
Things back in Sweetwater have been good. We've had some success visiting people that I had been teaching before. Namely Celeste, Fausta, and Luz Pico.
Luz was baptized about a year or so ago. She was doing good in the church until she went to Peru. She's back again, but she still hasn't been coming to church. She was excited to see me and come to the Mothers Day activity. We haven't been able to see her because her daughter doesn't want us to come over, but at least we have contact now.
Fausta's been investigating for about 3 years. I went to her wedding about a year ago. I thought she would get baptized earlier but it still has happened. We talked to her this last week. She told us that she knows that the church is true. She told us that she has seen a change in herself as she's been learning about it. She is going to be baptized in Septiembre with her daughter and her son.
Celeste wants to be baptized as well. When I got her teaching record had been given to the Sisters. Yeah we have Sisters her that speak Spanish. But they only had visited her once and weren't really helping her out. So one of the first things I did when I got back was make sure we got an appointment with Celeste. We got the teaching record back and she's coming to church again. She really really wants to be baptized and she wants her son to do it. He comes back from his mission in June so we are just working on getting her married until then.
Anyways that's whats going on out here in the Sweetwater. I have a companion that has been out for a year and a half. He's a great missionary and a super hard worker. It's been a change for me because I'm use to "being in charge" you could say. I always knew exactly what was going on and I was always planning ahead and preparing everything that we would do. Now I seem to have all this extra time on my hands. Probably partially because I'm not District Leader any more as well. I feel like because of the sudden decrees in responsibility I've relaxed a little bit. It's that Natural Man in me. Thank goodness for Repentance. Life's always changing and putting me in different circumstances and I make so many mistakes. I'm so very very grateful that I can change and repent. And that is made possible through Jesus Christ.
Have a great week!
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Douglasville, Ga 30134
Monday, April 25, 2016
Sindy's baptism was wonderful! I hope to soon be going back for the baptism of the rest of the family. Sweetwater has changed a lot, but yet a lot of things are still the same. I'm excited to be back.
11-12) Sindy's baptism
13) My new companion Elder Montoya
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Peachtree City, Ga 30269