Month: November 2016

Week 56-57 | 3 Amazing Baptisms and Christlike Attributes

Wow, what a hectic past couple of weeks it has been. For one reason or another, things got a little crazy and, in the end, I wasn’t able to get a letter off last week, So, I’m going to kinda do a double letter right now, starting with the week of 14 November 2016.

Last week was nuts! Elder Meissner and I finished up the “first 12 weeks” training program. I literally don’t know how it has gone by so fast. With each passing change, the mission has just been going by faster. I don’t know if I like it, ha ha ha. No, but it was way sick to train Elder Meissner. We got along well, worked hard, and had a lot of fun. I learned a lot in those short three months.

Elder Reyes, Elder Meisner, Elder Babbel, Elder Turner

The highlight of last week was for sure the baptism of Favio, Tania, and Andrea. They are all super cool people that I have grown to love a lot. We met Favio our second day in the new area and have seen him change a lot. He will soon be baptizing the rest of his family. The first time we met Tania and Andrea, they met with us only because, Rodrigo, Tania’s son and Andréa’s brother, begged them to. I remember Tanya telling us on our first visit that if we tried to even mention the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith, she would throw us out of her home. Little by little, miracles happened in their hearts and all three were baptized my last week in Los Cedros.

Tania and Andrea

Favio in center with his family.

Last Sunday night I got a call from President Marble to extend me a call to Central as a zone leader. I’m still not too sure what President was thinking, ha ha ha, but yeah, I accepted and I’m now here as a zone leader in the Central Zone. Elder Babel got sent off to Casagrande and I came in to fill his spot. My new comp is Elder Reyes. He is a short, chunky Peruvian from Lima. He is way cool and this is his last change. I think he is anxious to go home… But yeah, it’s chill because we still work hard. It’s weird because my new area here in Central borders up with my last area. Central is kind of small but there is still a lot of work to be done

This week I have been studying a bit about the importance of attaining Christ-like attributes in our life. Faith, hope, charity, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence, and obedience. If we can acquire these attributes in our lives we have the promised help of the Lord and His Holy Spirit as well as the promise of exaltation. They are the key to true happiness in the Lord’s great Plan of Salvation. I’m working at these every day and have begun to see a change in myself and in those around me. Que siempre seamos sejamantes a El.

Seebs.

P.S. Don’t not be smart!

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Week 55 | Favio, His Family, and Alma 7

Mom: “How was your week?”

Wyatt: “Very good! I just like love my area. We have seen a lot of miracles and this week we should have at least 3 baptisms so that’s cool. But yea, idk, I just love it here and I can’t explain in words too well why. Love you guys so much!!

 

This is a great experience we had this week:

To start off, we have been working alot with a young man, Favio, who will be baptized this week end. For almost 2 years, he had been waiting for the approval of his parents to be baptized. This past month, they finally said they would support him, though they didn’t think it was a good idea to join the Church. We had a lesson in Favio’s house this last week and had invited his parents to come and listen. Only his mom came down. Disappointed, we started the lesson anyways. After about 15 minuets, his father came down as well. We had a powerful lesson and both of his parents opened up their hearts to the Spirit that first day. We invited them to read Alma 7 in the Book of Mormon and to pray about what they read as a family. Just yesterday, we went back to go visit them. They had read the whole chapter as a family, The father, who has been kinda of cold to us, has been a catholic man all his life. He told us how, after reading chapter 7 with his family, something touched his mind and his spirit. He then went back and studied the chapter 2 times again, each time more thoroughly . He felt enlightened as he read, especially verse 14 (“therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse”). On Sunday morning, when he went to Mass as usual, he asked the priest why, in their church, they did not baptized for repentance? He said the priest just got bothered and would not give him a straight answer. His mind pondered on Alma 7 as the Spirit began to teach his heart. When we returned on that Sunday afternoon, he was different and he was ready to learn. A miracle happened that day. He told us how that first day we went to visit him he refused to come down to share with us, But while we were teaching his family, t he was struck by an overwhelming need to come down and listen to us. He and his wife are now fully supporting Favio in his baptism and are now preparing themselves and the rest of their family to be baptized the first week of December as well. It was such an answer to prayers.

Love you all so much. Be good!

Elder Turner

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