April 4, 2011
Hey everyone, Wasnt this week great? It was pretty great down here in Hualpen, Chile. This week we worked a lot with the members. Weve been working really hard to get the members involved in missionary work here. Almost every day we left to appointments with members, so that was really neat. We had an amazing experience with Patricia and Jisenia. Patricia is the lady, about 40 years old, who I think I mentioned last time. We stopped by her house before church to pick her up but she wasnt going to come because she was angry because something had just happened in the house. A fight or something. So we stopped by later in the week with the same member, Sister Cofre, and we had a great lesson. Patricia and also her daughter, Jesenia were there. We talked about prayer and its importance. We talked a lot about Christ, and the only way we can be completely happy in this life is if we follow his example. Sister Cofre bore a strong testimony to her and shared some personal experiences. Patricia NEEDS something in her life. She is the opposite of happy. She is angry all the time, shes raises her voice a LOT, and she has no patience. She wants to change, but she just lacks the DOING it part. So at the end of the lesson, we invited Jesenia to say the prayer. Jesenia is 21 and has a deformation with her face. She had never prayed before. She didnt want to say it and she kept saying that she still didnt know how to, but we kept encouraging her to.. I finally said that I would say a short first prayer, and then she could say one right after it like it. So I said a prayer, and then she was still a little hesitant, and finally, she started to say it. She repeated a couple of the things I said, and then all of the sudden she started praying out of her heart and she started crying. It was one of the best prayers that I have heard in a long time. The Spirit was so strong!! It was incredible. Thats why Im here! To have these kinds of moments when people come to know their Heavenly Father. And He indeed is our Father in Heaven. We always push people to pray, even right there during the lesson, because the minute they pray with a sincere heart, they will come to know God. If you dont know Him, and you question if He exists and loves you, ask yourself when the last time you prayed from your heart was. We push people to pray because we know that they will feel the love of their Father in Heaven when they do so. Another great thing that happened this week... We went to an appointment with a member, and afterward he took us back to our little house. We had just a little while before it would 10, which is when we normally enter the house, and we were really tired. We almost stayed in the house...but then we had a feeling that we should just go work for a few more minutes. We both started walking in a random direction together. We didnt question eachother or anything about where we should or anything...we just WENT. We kept walking until we came to this apartment building (theyre called blocks here, each block has 16 apartments) We came to this block and it was locked, so we knocked on the window of one of the houses on the bottom floor, and Eugenia answered. She is about 45 or 50 years old. She is...WAS an inactive member.
>:) We started talking to her and she said she was inactive because people never really came to visit her much, and she was sick and nobody came from the church. She said that she still considers it her church though and shes never forgotten her testimony. She told us some awesome experiences that shes had with the Holy Ghost and feeling His influence. She got all excited to go to conference and she was so happy that we stopped by. Yesterday we stopped by and picked her up for conference, and after the session I found her and she told me the most incredible thing ever!!! She said that her testimony is now complete. She had a couple doubts and questions, but she said that they were all answered during the conference (Sunday morning session) She started crying a little bit and told me that she knows this church is true and she wants to share her testimony with her kids and bring them to church next week. I said that would be awesome. Plus, fast and testimony meeting is next week. She is really excited. Im so happy that this happened! She has been away from the church for years now. The words of the messengers of God, his prophets and apostles, are so powerful. Also, I learned the importance of following the spirit! If we would not have left that night that we normally wouldnt have, we would not have found Eugenia. FOLLOW THE HOLY GHOST! I cant possible deny that this gospel is true when amazing things happen to me all the time. On the contrary, I know that its true! This conference was awesome, wasnt it?? I especially loved...well...I especially loved a ton of the talks! How about C. Scott Grow (awesome name :D) His talk about the atonement was so good. That was a neat story about his brother who died just last month who was literally borne again. We can all be borne again if we repent and change and come unto Christ. There is always hope. I know it takes a little bit of effort, but its worth it. Just pick up that Book of Mormon which I know is true and start reading it. Kneel down when you have an opportunity and pray to God, your Heavenly Father. Pray to Him! And you wont regret it. Cony and Francheska, our investigators who will be baptized this weekend are doing good. They are really excited. Cony has had an amazing change happen in her life in the last month or so. She is really really popular and has a lot of friends, and she wasnt making the best decisions...she put her friends before her family. She didnt even greet her family when she got home, just went straight to her room (which is really not normal for this country) She was always angry also... then one of her friends Roxanna, a member in the ward, invited her to church and seminary, and she went. Cony says that the second she stepped in the church everything changed. In that moment! She had been in a lot of other churches but didnt like any of them. But the minute she entered the church of Jesus Christ, she felt the Holy Ghost so strong that her problems didnt seem big anymore, she knew everything would be alright. She also knew that she needed to start loving her family more. And from there it was a black to white change. She is completely different know. And best of all, shes coming to know Jesus Christ as her Savior and Heavenly Father as her Father in Heaven. I love being a missionary and seeing people change!!!!! Thanks for all of you and your impacts on me to change when I need to. Keep in touch! I love you all, Elder Dallin Gomez Photos: -Elder Merrell from Provo, with red hair, and Elder Bernal, from Colombia. They live in our house. -Beware of tsunamis -Familia Conejeros -Us in the back of the presidents asistants truck. Ha ha.