Thursday, July 4, 2013

Having great experiences

This past week we have changed where we live and now live in the Calle Uruguay.  It is part of a little building that a family owns and converted it into 4 apartments.  It is a nice little place, bigger then the last and in a good location.  It is all new and we will fix it up more.  We got new stuff from the mission to have all the supplies we need for the house.  Saturday we did a service project for a family that the other elders in our ward are teaching. They are a little poor and lived in a house that’s not the best ever.  We went there with the Bishop and started with the walls.  I was privileged with painting the ceilings...being one of the tallest and all.  The paint was a mixture of with quartz and when you paint the ceiling it tends to rain little white specks.  Soon a little bit of painting the white specks get all over you.  Needless to say my face, arm and jacket where spotted white.  The family seemed really happy with the work and like the loving Chileans I know they bought us some Coca-Cola. 
    Work wise we have been very, very busy.  First was the house change, which took time; and then we found the water heater didn’t work.  The water heater is a gas powered thing that cold water goes in and hot comes out, well this was not working.  So we had someone from the mission office come and look at it; that took plenty of time.  We have been greatly blessed with people to teach.  First story is a man named Angelo who lives with his girlfriend but is married to another.  Now I assume you know that he or she cannot be baptized.  Angelo, with his testimony of the truthfulness of the church has decided to move.  He happened to find a house in the ward!  He is sacrificing a lot to change and to follow the Savior.  He is a great person and has great faith.  He has a date to be baptized for the 21 of July.
   Another bit of experiences I have been having is the families we are teaching.  First is the Valdes family.  The parents are less active—well were—and we are teaching the three daughters.  Two of the three should be baptized this coming Sunday. They all love going to church.  What has impressed me is the father, Victor.  The other day, after a lesson, he asked for a moment and gave his testimony and thanked us for sharing the truth with him.  He mentioned that before he didn’t really understand what it all meant and told us he believed it was all true.  The Lord has blessed him with a firm testimony and it shows in his eyes.  Secondly, is the Moreno Hernandez family, a family of four that came to church yesterday.  They are very kind and have a big interest in finding their faith again.  All four have accepted a date for baptism on the 21 of July.  The past lesson was watching the video of the first vision and it impacted all of them.  The oldest daughter gave her testimony of how she felt it was true because she had a simple desire to continue to share with us.  They are great people and always love having us over.  Thirdly, and I’m sure have heard about them, is the Abarca family.  We baptized the daughter recently and are helping the boyfriend of another daughter get things arranged to be baptized as well.  It is always fun to visit them and see the diligence that the mother puts in to going church. She has a leg that is longer then the other and walks very slow but has gone to church the past four weeks.  Finally is the Pavez family.  The mother and son are converts but the step father has a different story.  He had a conflict a while back with an elder and when I arrived in the sector I was forbidden to even go near the area where they lived.  As of yesterday the man, Andres, has a date to be baptized and has gone to church at least two times.  I am seeing so many miracles here in Chile.  The Lord has blessed us and these wonderful people so much.  I am so happy to be part of the changes that I have seen these people go through. This Church is true and the Holy Ghost is true and it works within us to change us through the atonement of Christ.

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