This work in which we are involved has absolutely everything to do with souls, and their worth, and saving them. Elder Williams and I have had the great opportunity to work with many great and valuable souls. I would like to tell you about a few of them:
Sahi and Yanina Riva
A Wonderful part member family. Their kids were baptized about a year ago, but at that time they didn`t really have a lot of interest in the church.Then, about three months ago the family was in a major motorcycle wreak. We went to the Hospital and gave them all blessings, and then Yanina and their daughter Yamilet were sent to Cusco, and were there for a while. While they were in Cusco, we constantly visited Sahi to see what they needed. Then, Yamilet and Yanina came back to Puerto. We talked to them and they told us that they believed that God had saved their lives, and that he had done so so that they could change.
This Family is now progressing beautifully. They are both super excited about the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have changed a lot, and they are putting eternal principles into action. They are ready in every way. They only need to be married and baptized (in processes).
Robert and Abigail VasquesI`ve already told their story (see: "The Gospel Blesses Families" email sent 09/22/2014), but they are also progressing.
Mayer is a 23 year old sincere truth seeker. His aunt is a member of the Church, and he is currently living with her. He doesn`t know a whole lot about religion or God, but he is honestly looking for truth. the spirit is very strong when we teach him. When invited to be baptized he told us: "Surely I will be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ, but I need time. I need to be prepared." There is nothing wrong with that!
I`ve also talked about him before (see: "Training" 09/08/2014). He is a Jew. We`ve taught him all about the restoration of the Gospel, and he believes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really is the Kingdom of God here on the earth. We shared with him the parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matt. 13:45-46), and invited him to be baptized, we invited him to sell all that he has (give up all), to obtain the Pearl of Great Price, or to become a member of the true Church of God. He said that he had to think about it. The next appointment, he said: "I`m ready to be baptized when you see it fit, but I still have some questions that need to be answered first." We talked about priesthood, temples, convents, and plural marriage, and everything that we teach is accepted by him. Teaching Carlos strengthens my testimony.
Eder is a less-active member. In the past he was offended, and went away from the church super bitter. When we first got to his house, he was bitter with us and the church. But we`ve seen miracles in the life of Eder and his family. We`ve taught him few principles: The love of God, the healing power of the atonement, repentance and the sacrament... but Eder is a new person. He is now happy and excited about the Gospel. He is now super excited to come back to the church, and all bitterness has been changed to love. The Atonement is incredible, it changes all!
We feel so blessed to be a part of this great work! Elder Williams and I feel that we are really being made instruments in the hands of the Lord. It is really incredible. God can really work through us to do great things.
I love this church and this Gospel. I love Jesus Christ, and the enabling power of his atonement. "Shall we not go on in so great a cause?" (D&C 128:22).
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