"A Brother in our ward.....standing on a chair."
Today I learned that my new companion is Elder Holt.. My old district leader in Valdivia. I will be staying in Rio Negro and also Elder Root is going to be going back to Valdivia.. and Elder Linford will stay in rio negro with me and be training someone.
So this week has been amazing. We have found about four new people to teach. Now that Elder Dolinar is about to leave our area is doing really well. So Magdelena (the new person we found last week) had another test in her english class and needed help (she had to be able to have a conversation in english for 7 minutes). So we went and helped her study and after we promised her that if she read the Book of Mormon that night and the next day for her test, she would do better and be able to focus better. The next day after the test we ran into her and she READ!! and told us that she felt that she had done really well.. then when she learned that Elder Dolinar was going to leave, she had us come over the next day to teach us how to make fried sushi.. (she works at a sushi bar).. it was really cool to learn how to make sushi and it was suprisingly really good. So there is a huge fundraiser that they do here in Chile every year to raise money for children who have disabilities. And it was this weekend. Magdelena asked us what our view is about children with disabilities....so what did we teach her.... we taught here all about the plan of salvation and why people are like that. I shared with her my testimony about how Jeffrey has blessed my life and how someday I will see him with a perfect body. It was such a great lesson. We are going to work on setting her with a baptismal date.
Also we had intercambios this week (i cant remember how to say that in english soooo take your best guess). TElder Root and I were together for the whole day.. ( Elder Root and I were in the CCM together and neither of us know spanish very well) but suprisingly it went really well. We found an in active member who is a sister to one of the members. We talked for a while and from what we were able to pick out. She has a lot of feelings toward other members and they have done a lot of things to her and her family. For example one they walked into church and some said `` ahhh great, here comes the sinners`` or something like that.. but she was really offended and doesnt want ot go back to church and neither do her husband and son. I shared Helaman and we tried to help here understand that our foundation should be built on Christ and not the members. She still wasnt satisfied, so I shared Helaman 3:33-35. After she read it she thought for a while... and we explained that through prayer and fasting, we can recieve strength and become more like Christ... then Elder Root shared his testimony. It was so powerful and I could feel the spirit. After he was done I shared my testimony as well and Elder Root invited her to read the Book of Mormn everyday. Not to come to church but to start reading again... and she said she didnt want to. So after that, we kind of ended it there and said if she ever needed help with anything to call us and we left our number. Also yesterday, Elder Dolinar and I knock on the door of an older gentleman and he told us that he had talked with missionaries before. We talked a little about the Book of Mormon and he said that he has never read it and never will. He is a stong catholic and I was trying to figure out what I should say to him and the thought came to my mind to ask him why the Bible was special to him and how he knew it was true. He said that if 200 people came up to him and told him something was true that he couldnt know for sure until he found out for himself. I asked him if he had prayed to know and he said that he had and that he believes that the bible is the only word of God and taht it says nothing about the Book of Mormon. I told him that the old testement had nothing about the new testament... then he tried to change the subject by saying that he has friends who were Mormons and told him that the Book of Mormon is not true....Then we contradicted him by what he had said earlier how if 200 people told him something.... after that I just bore my testimony about the Book of Mormon and that all we invite him to do is to read the Book of Mormon and find out if it is true just as he had with the Bible. He then told us that he didnt want to..... also we met a guy that said that the Book of Mormon didnt talk about Christ We didnt let him get away with that and showed him how many times it talks about Christ in one chapter, then he said that it didnt say anything about Moses, we then pointed to where it talked about Moses and he then said.. ``Oh, well thats Moses.. but it doesnt say anything about Isaiah..`` then it said Isaiah one line below.. I learned that even if you have the Spirit and if you are teaching truth and even if the people can see it right in front of their nose, they will still deny it and not have a desire because their hearts are set on one thing and nothing will make them think different. They dont want to change... as humans and children of God, we are meant to change all the time to become better and to progress. we should never stop rying to change for the better, because if we are not, then we are changing into something worse, because we are always changing..... and we are the ones who decide how we are changing. I know that this Church is true. Follow Christ and his example so that he can help you. He cannot guide our steps if we are not taking any steps toward him.
"Our thanksgiving dinner (that we made homeade.. so awesome. fruit salad, potatos.etc)"
"Here is a cool picture of a rainbow, but my camera is not high definition, so picture it 100 times brighter and cooler".
"We helped Brother Jacob plant potatoes"
"The Familia Sanchez