Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011 E-Mail

Another week has flown by. Things are going pretty good. We even had a few different investigators come to church yesterday! And that's always an exciting thing. They all came in english too. We stayed really busy again and taught a bunch of lessons. This past week we were talking to this guy named Fidel. He is a member who was baptized about a year and a half ago. Anyways, talking to him just really made me realize how the gospel can change peoples lives. He was living in Los Angeles a while ago and pretty much doing nothing but drinking and hanging out with gangs. It sounded like he was living a pretty tough life. Well one night he was sitting in his car and some people drove by and start shooting at him. He got hit twice in the back with a 45 then a 22 in the head. The 22 bullet went in his ear and came out of his eye and the 2 45 bullets he still has in his back. They told him if they would have removed them that it would have paralyzed him. It even put him in a coma for a while. Then he came up to Washington to live with his mom because he can't really work to much anymore because he doesn't have a driver's license cause he can only see out of one eye. And here is where he met the missionaries. And he was baptized. I think he told me he has like 4 kids and had a couple of wives and was just a gang banger. Now he is a very faithful member of the church. It's pretty cool to see what the atonement can do and how it can change lives. He is an awesome guy.

Yesterday I learned a lot about just letting the Holy Ghost work on people. After church we went to visit this family who we have taught a couple of times. Well the family wasn't there but the dad was. So he just started talking to us and telling us about life and work and all that stuff. Then we said a prayer and shared a message with him. Then he just kept on talking and talking and talking. So we just listened. He let us know about all of the problems he has in his life and how bad he wants to change and set the example for his kids. And we didn't even have to tell him the things he needs to do to have happiness in his home. He came right out and told us, I know that I have to read as a family and pray as a family and that we need to come to your church as a family. It was just really cool because we went in there planning to teach him something completely different. And he just basically ended up teaching himself by the power of the Holy Ghost.

So it's been a really good week. This next Sunday we already find out about transfers again. I feel like I just got here yesterday. So we will see what happens in a week. We don't really have anyone right now who has a baptismal date, but we have a few really good potentials who told us they would pray about getting baptized on May 14th. And they all have been to church once. It's just tough to find the ones who are willing to act. We meet a lot of people who are just really nice and who will listen and tell us what we want to hear just because they don't want to be mean. And that makes the work harder! But things are going great.

I know this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He died for us. Through Him and His atonement, we can be free of sin and be worthy to return to live with our Father in Heaven again! Thank you so much for all of the love and support you all give me. Have a great week!! I love you!

PS I don't know if Nick gets my e-mails or not, but tell him Happy Birthday!!!

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