Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sharing the gospel on Facebook in Chile, and a baptismal date in Argentina

Dear Family,
This week didn’t have anything too wild happen, just a lot of rain.  Last night, when we went to visit a family, we were completely soaked.  Sister Castro, whose son is serving in Peru, treats us like royalty, because she figures that her son will be blessed if she helps us.  She insisted that we go to the bathroom and change our pants, and put on her husband’s sweat pants.  During the visit, our pants were in the dryer, along with our coats, socks, and our shoes were drying by the fireplace.  She handed us blankets and insisted that we warm up. She gave us a couple of completos, hot chocolate, and then we got to the good part.  We shared a Mormon message called “Because of Him”, it is a short 3 min clip from the church.  Then we talked about the video with her and her husband, about the blessings they’ve seen as members of the gospel.  They are both amazing people (he converted at 17 years and then went on a mission).  Then after the message and reading a few verses, we did something we have never done before, but will probably do quite often from now on.  We had them post the video on their Facebook account.  She wrote a simple thing something like “the missionaries shared this video with me and I really liked it”.  We helped them understand the importance of not just living the gospel, but also of sharing it.  We hope to be able to do this same activity with many other members, and then visit the homes of the people who comment on seeing the video.  

We have a lot of new ideas of how to help members share the gospel and ask references, but I would really like it if you all could share ideas, of things you did or are doing on your missions, or things the Minnesota missionaries did.  

About a week and half or so ago, Elder Bence had to go to the doctor for something about his hip because he fell down the stairs pretty bad about 4 months ago.  The doctor we went to is a member of the ward here, and had been passing through some hard times, and had distanced himself from the church.  The last several weeks were especially trying for him, with a relative of his being killed in a rafting accident during vacations in Peru.  We went to his office in the morning, and thought nothing of it.  We had no idea of what he was going through or why he had distanced himself from the church.  We didn’t share any gospel message with the doctor.  This last Sunday, the lost sheep came to church, stayed for all the classes, and also participated in the classes.  My question is, why did he come to church?  In the Elders Quorum meeting he shared why he came back.  The simple fact that we passed into his office, to him was an answer from God, an answer to his difficulties, and an answer to the prayers of many.  He stated in the class, which was about gratitude, that us passing by made him remember the more important things in life.  The mission nurse sent us, and one other companionship of missionaries to that doctor`s office, and I can now see why.  God really does know everything, he is all powerful, and works his great and mighty works, through weak and simple men and women.  By small and simple means, many lost sheep are brought to remember their Shepherd, and come back to the fold, one at a time.

I love you all so very much, more than the number of crickets in all the bait stores in all the world.
Elder Withers

Dear Family

It is sooooo good to hear from you!  It’s Christmas every Monday for me to read your letters.  And you have no idea what happened today.  We went to the place where we always go to write, and it was packed with kids wasting their lives on video games.  Bueno, so we went to the chapel as our back up plan.  And........the internet was so impossibly slow we couldn’t open a page, so we bagged it and asked for permission to use the computer of the member who lives next to us and its 8:30, half an hour before the day ended...so that is what we are doing.  I really don’t have much time to write this week, but I just want to tell you that I love all of you and that I love my area. 

This week we were able to have a lesson with the boyfriend a member we have here in the branch, and he is awesome.  He accepted a baptismal date, the 23rd of August.  We are excited and are praying that he makes the goal.  We have been working continually with the members and less actives as well (and thank you Chad, your Mormon message ideas are awesome...I have started using them here and everyone loves them, and they bring such an incredible spirit.)  

Today we had a special P-Day, which was so fun.  We played ultimate Frisbee, ate hot dogs, and watched Rio 2 and really just relaxed.  Everything went well today until we couldn’t figure out a way to write home!  Argh.  

I am glad all is well… Thanks for all of your messages of support and all you do for me!  I love you lots.  I really have run out of time, I will write much more next week.  

I love you more than all the layers of clothes I have been using this week because it is so cold!  

Hermana Withers

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