Monday, July 27, 2015
Wow. This week was full of ups and down. But I feel like I should start out this letter with my Testimony. I know that God is our Father, I know that His Son is Jesus Christ. I know, without a doubt that Joseph Smith was chosen as a Prophet and Restored The Only true church onto the face of the earth. I know that The Priesthood power that Jesus Christ has, He has also given to us, to bless every human being that has ever lived, and will ever live on this Earth. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet. I know these things. And Because I know these things, I trust Heavenly Father for the things I can't say I know yet. I have faith, and that fills in the gaps. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Stone which Daniel told us would fill the whole earth. Its happening as I'm writing this email. No unhallowed hand could stop the missionary work that is going on in the world. It has been prophesied about since the beginning, and I am so grateful to be a part of it.
With that being said, some crazy things happened this week. We got a call from a Bishop up in Anaheim, and he told us that there was someone in the Mission Viejo hospital that needed a blessing, and he asked my companion and I to go and administer to her. So we went on our way to go the Hospital, and I had just assumed that she was sick or maybe had to get a surgery and was nervous and was needing some comfort. We arrived at the Hospital and there were about 60 or 70 people waiting there for us. Everyone was Spanish speaking. And they had been waiting for us to arrive to give this young girl a blessing. Apparently, She had crashed while she was mountain biking, and was in critical condition, and she was dying. She was dying very quickly. I felt so unprepared. I felt like I needed more time to prepare to give this blessing, but she needed it then. So, we filed into the room where she was hooked up to tubes and a whole bunch of stuff. And the Doctors told us that she had slipped into a Coma and that she would probably die. My companion and I went and said a prayer together, asking to know the will of the Lord, whether this young girl was to live or die. We felt strongly that she would live, so we went and I anointed the oil on the only part of her head that wasn't wrapped, and we gave her a blessing, and it was simple blessing and my companion blessed her that she would walk again.. And I felt a lot of peace. We left the room and the next day, we got a text from one of the family members that she had died. We were heartbroken. I didn't know what to do. We both felt she would live and she didn't. I went to go say some prayers by myself looking for some sort of comfort or answer as to why we felt that way, and why it didn't happen. And I felt something so strong in my heart tell me that "She will walk again, just like you said in the blessing. She will walk in a perfected, resurrected body." And I also felt that what we did, the blessing we gave, comforted the family. I decided that I would never, ever feel like I was not ready to give a blessing again. I decided right then that I will live to be ready to help, and bless, and give everything that I can to help. Although this experience didn't have a story book ending, it made all the difference to me. I will be forever grateful for that experience and how it made me feel, and what it helped me recognize.
Something else that happened this week! We had been knocking doors, talking to people in the streets, and contacting everyone we could. But we hadn't found a single person to teach. But, I kept telling my companion, "Hey, we put in the hours walking by faith and working hard, and the Lord will give us someone to teach, even if it doesn't come by contacting or door knocking". And it didn't. The very next day, the wife of one of our bishopric members called us and told us that she had a referral for us! We were super excited to go check it out. So we did, and Her name is Maria Figaroua. And we taught her the Restoration, and she loved it. She had been taught about a year ago, and she said that she was ready to get back on the Path, and we told her that the gate to that path is baptism and she said "Baptize me"!!
My companion and I were literally skipping out of the door and down the stairs. Haha it was the best. She is so great, and already has tons of friends in the ward. Also, her two daughters are going to get baptized. They are scheduled for the 9th of August. Just goes to show you that the Lord recognizes effort.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed my email! I hope that someone will take something out of it that will help them. :)
Con muchisimo amor,