We had a great zone conference this week. It was special because it was my last one in the mission. I can't believe that time has gone so fast, and that that was my last one. It was really great. President Romeu gave a great training on the Book of Mormon. He said that the Book of Mormon is a great tool that we have to convert the people. He said that if the people tell us that the Bible is the only word of God, we should ask them if they have ever prayed to know if that was true. It was a really great strategy. He said that the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, and because of that it has a lot of spiritual power.
We were able to see that just a day before when we were teaching a person named Jim. He had a lot of faith in Jesus Christ and he was really active in his church. He said he really admired us for what we do, and He really admired the Church because he said it was so orgainized. What he didn't accept was the fact that we had more scripture from God. He loved the Bible and for him it was the only word of God.
We tried to explain to him that Jesus said he had other sheep that are not of this fold, and he must also bring them. We testified of the truthfulness of that. Even with that he didn't see the need. We showed him that the Book of Mormon clarifies a lot of doctrines in the Bible, like when Jesus said that the must be baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Even with that he still didn't see the need.
Finally, a small impression came to my mind to read 3 Nephi 11, when Jesus comes to visit the people in the Americas. We opened there and I began to read. The Spirit in that room was incredible as we read those 6 verses of scripture. I know that he felt the power of the Book of Mormon. After he said that he would read it, that he felt something different inside of him. We knew that it was the Spriit.
We are so happy to be here in the mission. I love all of the experiences I have had. I miss you all!
Today we had a pretty good day, because we went with the whole zone to a place called El Valle del Encanto. It's basically a valley with hyroglyphs and native American stuff. And lots of rocks. And when I say all of the zone, I mean like half, because Elder Jacobson couldn't go because of his ankle, and Combarbalá is way to far away. But anyway it was still fun.
We've been seeing lots of miracles this week. We were walking close to the church this past Saturday. The District Relief Society had just had an activity, and we walked in asking if they needed any help cleaning up. As we gathered the last few things, two women walked in the door. One said that she was a member of the church from Santiago. The other was her sister that lives in Ovalle. The member was visiting her sister in Ovalle, and she wanted to bring her sister and her family to church the next day. The only problem was that they didn't know where the church was.
Well, they just decided to walk until they found it, and that's what they did. And they found it, and we were inside. It was perfect! They both came to church, and her sister brought her daughter and grandaughter. They were really excited to be in the church. That really helped my testimony that God is preparing people to be in His church. We were in the right place at the right time.
For all of those who want to come, my homecoming talk will be September 30th. The sacrament meeting starts at 11, and the address is 1305 North 100 East AMERICAN FORK, Utah 84003. See you there!
Well, we had lots of fun this week. First of all we had lots of people saying in our house this week. On Sunday, we received Elder Crapo from Combarbalá. His companion, Elder McCracken just finnished his mission, and he had to go down to Viña this week. So basically, Elder Crapo didn't have a companion, so he stayed with us until his companion got there. And another thing, Elder Domínguez is his new companion, and he is new in the mission! This is his first area! I hope you guys remember a little about what I told you in Combarbalá, but that would be a pretty great first area. I guess we'll see what he thinks about that.
The next day, we stayed with Elder Beltran and Elder Elliott. Elder Beltran had to go to Illapel, but they live in Monte Patria, which is pretty far away, so they came to sleep in our house so the next morning they could make it to the bus. Then we were there with Elder Elliott for a while, waiting for his new companion, Elder Jacobson. They got there pretty late, so they got to stay the night in our house so they could get to Monte Patria in the morning. It was basically a party.
The next day we traveled to Viña for Leadership Council. It was pretty great, only that we got back to our house at 12:20 at night. And then the next day they changed the hour, so even less sleep. It was alright, we are fine now.
Everyone pray for Benjamin, our little friend who's 9. He's gonna be baptized the 25th of August, so lets hope everything goes well. Until next week!
First of all, thanks to all that wished me a happy birthday! I just love birthdays in the mission.
We've had a pretty crazy week. First of all, we did double exchanges this week. We did exchanges with Monte Patria and with Canihuante.
First in Monte Patria, Elder Beltran and I stayed in Ovalle Sur. It wasn't really that we stayed, more like we had to travel to Monte Patria and back, which is about 2 hours round trip. It was great.
Then I got to go to Canihuante. I was great to see all of the old people that I met there. I got to see the branch president of Ovalle Norte, and it was just good to see them all again. I was with Elder Budes
And then we got transfers. Elder Beltran is going to Illapel, and he will be missed. I'll let you guys know what happens with that. I miss you all!
September 2016 - September 2018