Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Good and Bad News

27 May 2013

Letter to all:

Well I have good news and bad news...

William and Marissela got married Sunday.  We started the activity with their wedding so all the people would come.  They got cold feet right before the wedding and didn't want to get married.  We talked with them and said a prayer and they calmed down and decided to get married.  I was really worried for a second, but the spirit guided us to say what they needed to hear and that Satan doesn't want us to get married because he knows it’s a step towards the salvation.

The activity went great, we all enjoyed ourselves, laughing and having a great time.  Many investigators came to the activity.  Sadly none on our side came to church Sunday so that was a bit of a bummer.

William and Marissela didn't get baptized Saturday because he smoked on Monday, a bit of a head ache and a disappointment but I know they'll get baptized soon, hopefully next Saturday.  Wednesday there's changes, and I'm very sure that I'll be changed, so I'll miss the baptism sadly.  Man - that happened in my last area too.  But it has been a joy teaching them and helping them grow closer to God.  The number of people you baptized doesn't matter (even though it's nice to see baptisms) what matters is that you do your best and you strive to bless people’s lives without tire.

We had interviews with the president.  He gave me a few counsels:

1. Don't allow your companion to disobey.
2. Trust more in the Lord wherever or with whomever the Lord sends me he does it because he wants me to have success.
He also shared Alma 37:34 with me a great scripture; we can never tire doing good, if we continue doing good we will find rest in our souls.

I shared that scripture with a less active lady named Marta yesterday.  We were in divisions with members this day and we had just taught an investigator near her house and we had an appointment on the other side of the city.  For some reason (the Spirit) I felt that right now we needed to go and visit her.  When we showed up she said that she really needed a visit in that moment because she has been passing many trials lately.  Her husband doesn't stop drinking, and her son.  Her daughter is rebellious and there have been recent deaths in her family. Brother Solis (that was with me) helped a lot.  He shared about how he used to drink a lot, and how his wife fought 10 years to get him to stop and to finally be baptized.  He shared how his wife was so persistent and it finally payed off.  3 years later she passed away, he was broke, but he still considers himself to be a blessed man.  The Holy Ghost truly guided us to visit Marta.

Well next week is the mission activity; all of the missionaries are going to Granada.  They gave us permission to write next week on Tuesday so nobody go crazy if they don't get emails on Monday – haha!!

Have a great week!

Elder Willden

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