Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Okay the following is a continuation of the miracles that we are seeing in bario pensamiento, photos included...
Something amazing happened this week. Not only did we have the baptisms of Martha and Bryan (who are from the LDS church reformed, Martha having received her testimony through a revelation through a dream) but we had one of our investigators Jeny decide to be baptised immediately following the baptism.
The problem here is that on Saturday our boiler ran out of gas, thus the Baptisms of Martha and Bryan were... really cold. We checked and rechecked but the boiler simply would not light. There was absolutely no more gas. So they entered the waters of baptism to be washed of all their sins and be startling awakened into the life of a saint. Despite the cold water the baptisms went fine.
But then there´s Jeny (the investigator we have been working with for over a few weeks to have a real testimony of the church). Jeny told us after the baptism that she would like to be baptised ´´But only if the water is hot´´ the only problem here is that there was no more gas in the boiler....but we didn´t turn her down. We made all the arrangements to have the baptism after church the following day. We decided we would bring our tank of gas from the apartment and hook it up to the font so that there would be hot water.
When we woke up the next morning we found that our tank of gas at the apartment was chained to the wall and there would be no way to remove it in time. We also decided to fast. We left the apartment with a prayer that Jeny would be able to enter the warm waters of baptism.
We arrived at the church and tried the boiler, just for kicks.... It lit. We thought ´´oh surely this is only the gas that is left in the tubes from last night´´... it stayed lit and running for the 3 1/2 hours time between when we lit it and Jeny´s baptism. We were completely astounded! Not only did she enter the waters of baptism warm but the water was steaming hot, just the way she asked for.
The following quote is Nephi talking about how we can do anything if it is the will of the Lord..
1 Nephi 17: 50-51 And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done. And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?
God can do anything. He can change air into gas in a boiler if it means that another one of his children will enter the path to return to his presence. I firmly believe that. Because 1) Jeny decided to be baptised with the condition of warm water, 2) that we did everything we cold to have that warm water for the baptism and 3) that God provided the way so that his daughter Jeny would enter into the gates of his kingdom. (just for kicks 4) that God has a pretty good sense of humor.... ´´but only if the water is hot´´)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Luke got glasses:
|From Luke Kennard's Mission|
And he had a nice story about Marta:Hey so something amazing happened this week! We went to the house of Marta one of our investigators (the one from the reformed church of LDS). We had a nice Family Home Evening with a demonstration that her two little boys loved! At the end we asked Martha if she would like to share anything. She began to tell us a story of her weekend. She had a dream... A revelation from God. It was that answer we had been praying for and fasting for and working for. We knew that she knew that her church was false but she just couldn´t give it up until last week Saturday. She had a dream that she was surrounded by her family and they were not letting her progress. Then ´´I stood up and told them that they were not going to stop my progression any more. I am going to move forward (sounds a lot like Lehi and his Tree of life dream) It was powerful and she shared her new found testimony in tears.... ´´Elderes yo quiero bautizarme´´ My heart and eyes immediately began to swell as the Spirit bore testimony to all of us that this was the right decision. I can´t wait to send you pictures of the baptism next week! Marta is the convert that has changed my mission.
Monday, November 11, 2013
|From Luke Kennard's Mission||From Luke Kennard's Mission|
Yesterday we had the baptism of Eder. It was really awesome because a lot of his family showed up. Some are not members and so we got 2 new investigators, one of which is Eder´s dad who came up to me after the service and said ´´Hey I am catholic but I want to be Mormon like the rest of my family. What does it take to get baptized?´´ It was really cool, because I knew that he had received that pounding impression of the Holy Ghost testifying that families should be together forever.
Hey so something really funny happened today. We were riding in a combi (a van that serves as a bus) and I was reading my letters and stuff and this little girl sitting next to me reached over and held my thumb. I laughed and so did her mom. Then about 2 minutes later she did it again. But for longer. And then again! But this time she didn´t let go. So I just went with it. Her name is Kimberly she is 1.5 years old and she likes to hold the priesthood. ;) When we were close I handed the money to Kimberly so she could pass it forward to the driver, but she stuck it in her pocket. I said to her in Spanish ´´Oh! so you just wanted to hold my hand so that you could get to my money, huh!?´´ We had the whole combi laughing by the end of the ride. Aw what a charmer. But I might have to go talk to President about this one....