Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sharing the Gospel on Facebook, and A Technical Miracle with Dallin H. Oaks Message

Dear Family,
Well I am alive and all is well.  This week our zone had P-day on Tuesday, instead of Monday, in order to go to a certain museum that is closed on Mondays.  I am happy and healthy, and hope that you all find the blessings and miracles in your lives in this upcoming week.

The transmitted conference with Elder Oaks was quite cool.  There were technical difficulties at the beginning that got everyone a bit worried, we were able to see the speakers but not hear them well.  Before Elder Oaks began his talk, President Arrington asked the entire mission, gathered together in the capilla (chapel) of my first ward in Chillan, to pray so that we could receive the transmission well.  Within 20 seconds, as everyone’s head was bowed in silent prayer we heard clearly and loudly the voices of the speakers.  It was a miracle, of the power of prayer, and an open manifestation that President Arrington receives revelation for this mission.  I love our President.

This week, well, was quite calm.  I am trying to remember if there was anything that was great or out of the ordinary.  Oh, I just remembered, something that happened last week, we had carne al disco, which I hadn’t eaten before, but I sure liked it.  The Barriga family, who by the way are awesome, y mas encima, los dos padres servieron misiones cuando eran mas joven, asi que ayudan mucho en la obra aqui.  (The Barriga family, who by the way are awesome, and even more, both parents served missions when they were young, and are helping a lot with the work here.)

Anyway, for lunch, they put on their wood stove, which is somewhat common for cooking here in Chile, a large iron disc.  On the disc they put various meats, such as beef, chicken, and pork, and they position the meats so that the different juices from the meats mix together, and the flavor is amazing.  It was a very fascinating way of cooking.  And then Brother Barriga explained some Chilean tradition of taking pieces of bread, to mop up the meat juices from the disc shaped pan (which was at least 2 feet in diameter) and then eating the bread.  We did that, and the flavor was great, but I don’t want to know how many calories were in that lunch, with all the bread, potatoes, beef steak, chicken, pork, sausage, and coca cola.  It was a lunch for the record books.  

We had a zone conference this past Thursday, It was two zones, Talcahuano Norte (north) and Talcahuano Sur (south).  It was really good.  It was focused on how to find new investigators, and it was quite inspirational.  Something missionaries did in another area of the mission, and that the Barriga family agreed to do is record their testimony and put it on Facebook as a short video clip.  The missionaries visited with a member, shared a lesson, and then asked the member to share her testimony of a certain principle.  She shared a short, heartfelt testimony.  And then the missionaries asked her to share that same testimony as they record her with her smart phone, so she could put it on Facebook.  They recorded the testimony, and then right then and there, she uploaded it to Facebook.  It seems like a creative, powerful way to find new investigators through members (the ideal source of new investigators).  We are going to do it with as many members who are willing.  The idea is that every member is a missionary.  I invite you all to consider what you are doing to share the gospel, and see if you can include this.  Family home evening idea!

Well there is a book called the power of the everyday missionary, you can read it online for free.  Look for it in the mission blog http://chileconcepcionmission.blogspot.com/ 

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that this is His church, and that Thomas S. Monson is his prophet.

I love you all.  I love you more than the number of rays of sunshine it would take to roast a marshmallow 99999999999999999999999 miles from the sun.

Elder Withers



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