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Monday, September 16, 2013
I hope you all have a great week and always be looking for the Lord's hand in everything and you will see many more miracles.
I want you all to know that I know the church is true because I know the Book of Mormon is true. There is a prophet on the earth today and I know he has the authority to receive guidance and revelation for the world. I know we can receive revelation for ourselves also, we just have to be willing to act on the things that we learn.
Something that I have learned here is that serving in a calling is just like a mission. We serve because the Lord has asked us to and try to magnify the calling we are given because we love the Lord. Our success isn't based on numbers or stats but rather on our commitment to serve our Savior in the calling he has given us. The Lord has his reasons for the callings he gives to us and promises us strength to be able to complete the tasks he has given us, we just have to do it his way.
Last night we had a pretty crazy storm. We had just finished dinner and then the power went out. We finished up with a spiritual thought and then left. As we were leaving, the wind was picking up and throwing tons of dust and dirt in the air (the soil is really sandy here) and we could hardly see as we were driving. Branches and twigs kept blowing across the road as we drove to our next appointment. Just as we got in the house, it started down pouring and then it rained for a little while longer but not too bad after that. It reminded me of Kansas storms but not nearly as long.
This week was a little long as people were still busy harvesting and didn't have the time or energy to meet with us but we didn't have some good lessons. We are pretty much teaching the whole Delafuente family or someone they are related to. There are 4 daughters with their spouses or boyfriends that aren't members and we are either trying to reactivate them and/or teach them the missionary lessons. Hopefully we will be able to see some progress soon as they continue to read in the Book of Mormon.
So last week I forgot to mention a miracle that happened. An old investigator came to church last week and was talking to the bishop after sacrament meeting. Come to find out her long time live in boyfriend moved back to Mexico so she can now get baptized. The bishop challenged her to have the lessons in her less-active daughters house to maybe try to get them reactivated too. We were talking with her yesterday and she really understands the importance of living correctly now and receiving the ordinances of salvation. I am hoping that she will continue strong and be a strength for the spanish group.
Its hard to believe that 8 months have already gone by!