Sunday, November 10, 2013

4 November 2013

4 November 2013

Letter to all:

Well Tuesday President interviewed us.  From what everyone had told me he was getting after everyone, so I was wondering if he was going to do the same with me, but no.  He just thanked me for all of the work I´ve done.  He told me when he first heard about Santo Tomás everyone told him about the giant problems that there were.  He was tempted to take the missionaries out of here and close it down.  But he told me the branch is doing great now, it´s been progressing. And he was happy with all of our work as a district.  The assistance is growing little by little and things are starting to roll now.  President asked me, do you think it´s time for you to have changes?  I said ¨I don´t want to leave!!¨ He said we´ll see what the Lord wants.  Then at of the end of the interview he said, yeah I´m pretty sure the Lord is going to pull you out of there. looks like I´ll be having changes...sadly.  It´s been a great experience here.  I´ve learned a lot!  Damaris came to church again, she should get baptized the 23rd of November.

We also put baptismal dates with Josué and Cyril for the 23rd.  We have about 8 people way positive to get baptized, so I´m kind of bummed about missing that.  But if the Lord calls, I have to go.  The 13th there are changes.

Josué is doing great, he told us he wants to read the entire Book of Mormon.

Cyril is awesome!  He said in the first appointment that he wanted to get baptized.  

Yesterday we went to visit Flor, they still haven´t come to church.  We had a good lesson with her.  I shared an experience with her about the importance of always going to church and never having excuses to not go.  She said she´ll come and she won´t let anything get in the way between her and the Lord.  

Later she started to talk about the problems she has had with Wilmer in the past.  She said several time people from other churches have come by trying to help them have better lives, come to Christ and all but they never really helped her.  She said, since you guys have been coming to visit us, our life has gotten a little bit better now.  She said her husband had an open her heart toward us and he really listens to what we have to say and he is changing. They fight a little less, he drinks less, and they are happier.  She said she wished she could have us visiting her every day.  She said that compared to the other people from other churches, that we are more powerful.  I told her that it´s because the message we have is true and it has great power to change people’s lives, that we don´t teach a thing, the Holy Ghost teaches everything.  But we aren´t always going to be here to help you improve your life, that is exactly why you need to come to church, because you will feel the same way there, as you have felt having us in your home.

This calling a missionary has is very sacred, some might not always recognize that we represent Jesus Christ, but those who do, will feel the spirit, change their lives, and become baptized.  Sometimes I feel that I´m not even close to fulfilling these grand responsibilities that a missionary has, but the Lord always helps me to be better and more that what I am.

The other day I read Alma 

44 Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?
45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen aso great bcourage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.

 46 For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will anot suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.

I love the phrase: ¨Father, behold our God is with us, and he will anot suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth;¨  

What faith!  Truly God is with us, he will not let us fall, let us go forth with faith like the strippling warriors!  Let us Hasten this work!

Take care!  I love you all!

Elder Willden

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