Monday, July 5, 2010

7/5/10 - Letter to the World

Hello World,

First of all - HAPPY 4TH OF JULY (yesterday) - a bit embarassing BUT...i didn´t even realize that it was the fourth of july until we were planning last night. I looked at my Agenda, and my companion wanted to talk in English (he´s chilean)...and i said that it was the 4th of July .... and then i realized. haha.  ANYWAYS....
We had a great baptismal service. Jonathan was the only one that got baptized, but it still went really well. The spirit was really strong, adn there were a lot of members there to support him!

Rocio Fernandez - She WANTED to change her baptismal date AGAIN. She said that she still didn´t feel completely sure. We had a lesson with her of what we had planned to teach her, the stuff that we still have to teach her before she is baptized, and then we talked about Jesus Christ, and the atonement. We read in Alma 7:11-15. Afterwards, we knelt down, and told her that she needed to pray, asking God specifically is she needed to be baptized this weeked. She prayed, and afterwards, when we asked her how she felt she said ¨I feel like i have a lot more desire to be baptized next weekend.¨ (that was saturday!) Soooo...we´re planning her baptizm!

Jimenna Acuña (Esttamatti) - Basically the same thing happened with Jimenna. She actually told us that some of her friends from her church had been over to her house, and she had told them that she was preparing to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They obviously tried to talk her out of it, but she told them that she had already made up her mind. We challenged her to be baptized last friday, and she said yes, but with hesitation. We told her to pray about it, and then invitied her to Jonny´s baptizm on saturday. She came, and after the baptizm, when we asked her how her prayer went she told us that she recieved her answer, and that the baptisms made it even stronger. We´re planning her baptism for friday also!

We saw Ada on saturday just before the baptism, but she was heading home, and really tired. She said that sunday she was going to go to Church in Sabio, with her Daughter. We have challenged her to be baptized, but i´m not sure if it´s going to be this weekend. She has the date for this weekend, but she also has had problems with people from other religions. It is weird that random people can find our investigators, and start to tell them lies about the church. She told us that in the street, somebody from another church saw her, and knew somehow that she was investigating the LDS church. They told her that we only look to baptize people with a lot of money to take their money in tithing. ....we obviously expleined the doctrine of tithing to her, and she´s all good...but we have a lot left to teach her, and if she´s baptized THIS weekend, only a few days.

Silvia and Reuben Franco have fallen off of the face of the earth. We had a lesson with them last week, and since then, we haven´t seen them. They don´t have a phone, so we can´t call them, and every time that we pass by to visit them, they aren´t home. They had their baptismal date for the 17th, but since they didn´t come to church, they´ve lost it. I hope we can find them soon, and that everything is ok.

We´re still having problems with Jimena Gomez. We haven´t seen her in about 2 weeks. Everything is ok for their wedding, but she has a LOT going on with work, and school...and she is basically avoiding us. We´re still going to do everything we can to have another lesson with her to see what we can do to help, and strengthen her faith.

The Sanchez´s continue 100%! Full steam ahead! Heriberto at the beginning had SO MANY doubts, and questions, specifically about spirits...but once he recieved an answer from God that this is the true church, all of the questions about those doubts have stopped.

Evangelita Llanos was confirmed yesterday with Jonathan. Being fast and testimony meeting, Evangelita had a desire to get up and share her testimony. It was INCREDIBLE to hear her testimony. With only knowing that the Church even existed for about a month, the testimony that she has is super strong. She talked about how she´s been looking all her life for the truth, and a few times thought she had found it. She had been baptized 4 times in 4 different churches before she met us. WOW. What an example to all those that say No, i´m too old to change.

I Love this work, and am excited to continue and help others recognize what they need to do to return to our Heavenly Father after this life. I Know that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that His is the only name given by which salvation can be attained. I Know that God Lives, and that he loves us. It was because of his love that he send Christ to suffer for us. Joseph Smith was called of God, and thanks to him, we have the fully restored gospel once again established here in the earth!

I Love you all!  Love, Elder Denton
Challenge - Give your local missionaries AT LEAST one reference this week. I know that everybody reading this knows at least 1 person that isn´t a member that the missionaries could teach.

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