February 24, 2014
Small and Simple Things
I love hearing all the great things that are happening back home. I'm glad everything is going well.
Yeah, I'm doing all right here. Honestly, we had a few pretty tough days during the week, but Sunday made everything better. We had our eternal investigators show up to church, Julio and Mirella. We had been fasting for a miracle for them, because we were just about out of ideas for them committing to a date. As it turned out, Pres. Alvarado from the mission presidency came to the branch for sacrament meeting, though he wasn't on the program to speak. After all of the speakers were done, he abruptly stood up and said that he felt impressed to speak to any of those that might be investigating the church. He explained that we lived for an eternity before birth, and will live for an eternity after death, and that this life is comparatively a grain of sand on the beach of Barranca. He finished by saying, "Let's not waste our time." It was powerful, and it changed my view on the law of the fast.
We also talked to Amado, the guy from last week, as well as Jose and Beatriz. They all need to get married, so we shared Alma 37:6 and said that getting your birth certificate is the next step in your salvation. (You need your birth certificate to get married, and those certificates just so happen to be far away for these folks.) They all accepted! It's such a simple thing, but they are now showing repentance.
We're really excited to be here. This is a lot of fun, and there are times when I look back at things that happen and wonder if it would have worked that way if it wasn't for your prayers. Thanks.
Also, no cell phone for two more weeks… (Price is Right trombone music). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A [Dalton’s really good at making that sound himself, so I thought he would like it if you could hear it.]
Love you all!