Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 14, 2011 E-Mail

We had a pretty good week this last week. It was awesome to be able to go to the temple again. I hadn't done that in a very long while. Things are going good with the big area. We have a lot of different areas to knock and a lot of less active people to visit between the two wards and the branch. This last week we had a pretty cool experience. One of our appointments fell through and we couldn't figure out why. So we went to our back up appointment and were talking on the porch just saying things like man there must be a reason why we are here right now. So we went in to visit this less active family. Well the lady was there but her husband was in the back sleeping because he has some disease. So we went and were just going to share a message with her. So we talked for a while then we had said a prayer and were just getting ready to share the message and her husband came out and asked if we would give him a blessing. So at that point, we knew that we were supposed to be there. That has actually happened twice since I've been here with the same family. Everything has fallen through so we go visit them and he has been in need of a blessing. So that was a pretty cool experience. I guess the other good news is that we are working with another really nice lady right now. Her and her daughter are preparing to be baptized on March 5th. It's hard for her to come to church though because she has an autistic kid. And Satan is really working on her. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday because on Saturday night her son had cut open his lip so they had to go to the er to get it stitched up so she was awake most the night with him. Satan is just throwing in every stumbling block he can. But this lady is so great. She keeps her commitments and she keeps progressing and she knows it's true. We taught her the word of wisdom the other day and the only thing she had a problem with was iced tea. But she just was like alright that will be easy to get rid of. So that was really cool to see the spirit work on an investigator like that. The bad news of the week is that our investigator Jorge who was supposed to be baptized this next Saturday decided that he was going to move to Idaho with the rest of the family. So he will be getting baptized some time soon over in Idaho. We were really bummed when we found that out, but then I realized that it doesn't matter if I baptize him or not. Just as long as it happens somewhere and some time down the road.

Yesterday we had a pretty cool experience. One of the wards we cover is named Rocky Reach. And the boundaries are huge. There is a little town about 40 minutes away called Waterville. Well one day they want to start a branch up there, but they need a few more priesthood holders first. Well they have decided to do just a sacrament service with a short gospel principles lesson up there once a month. It's like the second Sunday of every month at 5:00. But the coolest part about it was yesterday was the first one and it was just in a members home up there. I think there were only like 15 of us total, and the youngest kid was like 14. The spirit was so strong. The entire meeting was just silent because you didn't have to worry about babies crying or anything. But the part I really liked was the speaker got up and he said he was really thinking about the Saints back in the 1830's. He said just think, at one point in time, the church was as big as we were there in that home. Then he said how the Prophets prophesied that the gospel would be spread. Now about 180 years later, look how many members there are. But he was just relating to how that's how big the entire membership of the church used to be. Then the Bishop got up and talked about how he remembered meeting in many homes on his mission. Then he said 10 years later he went back with his wife and a lot of those areas had wards and branches. And he was saying how with Faith, that same thing can happen with that little tiny town. So that was really cool. And I think that was about it for this week. I have to talk next week in sacrament on one of Elder Uchtdorf's talks about just going back to the basics. When I was reading the talk it made me thing about how it doesn't matter what we have. None of our worldly possessions are going to take us to the celestial kingdom. Only the gospel will. I know that this gospel is true. I know that as we live the gospel and strive to be the best we can and more like our Savior Jesus Christ that we one day will have eternal life in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

Love Elder Schvaneveldt

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