Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! 28 November 2013

2 December 2013

Letter to all:

Where should I start, let's see...  Well Felix and Maykalin are back together now. Thursday we decided to go over there and see if Felix would be there, we showed up at about 8:40.  Felix has a stable job  so he was not there. Maykalin told us about all of her problems and her biggest desire is to get her children back.  Some people have accused her of doing things to her baby that she says she didn´t do.  She does admit she does have some physiological problems and wants to look form help.

In all her life she has had very few good experiences, terrible parents than never taught her the way toward happiness.  She told us she wants to change her life completely and to no longer have this hatred towards the people who have harmed her.  We told her that Christ is the way she can overcome this and that through the miracle of forgiveness she can forget about the past, forgive others and change.  We shared Alma 7:11-14 with her and after reading that she asked, so when is the next date for baptism.  Excellent!  But first you need to get married I told her.  The only obstacle is that she doesn´t have a birth certificate, but we know what to do to get it.  

Wilmer and Flor are doing alright, he´s doing better with his word of wisdom problems.  But they didn´t come to church, so we taught them about obedience and how putting God before everything will bring them blessings.  We shared in 3 Nephi 13: 33 and D and C 130.  They understood that they aren´t putting forth their part and they recommitted to another baptismal date.

Damaris is doing great she´s going to get baptized this Saturday!  She just has to pass the baptismal interview.  

We also found a new family that is very positive, Felipe and Felipa.  Did they plan that haha?  He told us the other day, I like how you guys teach, you aren´t like others, you don´t come and tell me that I´m lost and that my church isn´t true because of this this and that.  You just come and share the truth with us and ask us to pray about it.  He is catholic, we taught him the restoration and he came up with stuff about how the Catholic Church and their line of authority but we just told him how he needs to pray and ask God.  He understood well and I know he´ll pray.  He is always intrigued with every pamphlet we give him and he loves them.

At church 53 people came!  As a district we brought 10, not bad for a branch!  We are getting real success here.  The activity that we are doing is really functioning and getting people animated to help us with the work.  One member who is a little less active brought her boyfriend Claudio.  He is very positive and has excellent questions.  She helps him out a lot, we taught him about the Book of Mormon, how it came to be and why it´s important to us.  Then we asked him, now, why would it be important for you to read it and according to his answer he understood very well.  The only problem is that he lives in Managua so we are going to send the reference over there.

I´m very happy to be here and see how this work is moving forward here.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Elder Willden

We had a pretty good Thanksgiving as well.  We actually ate turkey!  Turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls, soda, brownies, and ice cream.  Not bad for out here, I´m surprised the Zone Leaders could find the turkey and brownies.  But the brownies turned out bad, they were like jello haha!  The ice cream was super crystallized as well, but over all it was good!

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