Tuesday, January 21, 2014

6 January 2014, Passaic, NJ

Cold, sick week. Ya he tenido chorro por seis dias. I've been horribly sick, I don't know how, but it's been lousy. I slept about 3 days in a row and have lost 10+ pounds, because I've been on a pure liquid diet. I look like a malnourished holocaust survivor again. 

We baptized Andrea on MONDAY. It was a beautiful baptism and the water was warm. Poor Elder Nielsen was having a hard time getting her name right though - it took him about 3 tries before he finally said her name and the baptismal prayer correctly. He then submerged her and pulled her out of the water. She loved it, and she was a little pillar of light after the service was over. She's so shy and timid, but she's starting to warm up to us and she prays so simply and sincerely. We love her. 

On New Year's Eve, we had tacos with Alfonso and Mari and man do they LOVE US SO MUCH. It's great to be there in their home and feel of the spirit there. We explained to them the simple reasons why they feel so wonderful when we come over to their home - because WE, as servants of Christ, bring the Spirit of the Lord with us, and THAT Spirit is what lets us feel His presence and more truth and light. We tied it into scriptures and how reading the Book of Mormon is a way to experience those same feelings when we're not here. They are still having doubts about the church and the Book of Mormon, but they're learning a lot and really coming to know Jesus Christ. By the way, we're pretty sure Alfonso listened to the WHOLE Book of Mormon on his phone at the work the other day. He was talking about Laban and how Nephi cut off his head, and then he jumped into where the Lamanites and Nephites separated, and then he talked about Christ coming to the Americas and then was talking about Mormon and Moroni. He loved it, he just needs to break it down a little bit and pull out bits of the doctrine, meditate, and then pray and ASK God. Speaking of asking God...

We had a really cool lesson with Roman this week where I felt completely divinely guided to give him an extremely specific way of asking God if the Book of Mormon was true. we invited him to read Alma 40 (we have been discussing Plan of Salvation the past 3 lessons) when it was quiet in his apartment (which is hard, as he lives with his two nieces - 4 and 9 years old). After he read it, we asked him to sit and THINK about what he's read for 5-8 minutes. Afterwards we invited to go to the bathroom, kneel down (yep, on the hard tile floor), and give a sincere prayer if the book was true. We both felt strongly that IF he did it like that, he would get an answer. It's cool, how Heavenly Father guides commitments like that, even if they seem a little ridiculous.

Last bit of info: 1. I have 4 months left on the mission. 2. I am getting transferred. I have no idea where I am going. But I got released as a zone leader and a call to be a district leader, so that should be fun. I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for me.

God lives. THIS is His church. Keep on keeping on.

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