Saturday, March 21, 2015

This week in the mission

This week was one heck of a week. It started off kind of complicated and then by Wednesday we had to get everything ready for transfers. Always busy in the Cali Colombian Mission

Thursday we were out all day in the area to proselyte, it was awesome. Elder Gomez and I had a great time, we love being missionaries its one of the best things that someone can do in their life; to immerse themselves completely in serving others. 
As we were in our area Thursday, we found ourselves in a moment that a missionary must go through often.

Our plan A fell through, our plan B fell through, and our plan C… Well what do we do now?

In that moment I had remembered that I had received a text with a referral. So I called the referral and told him that we were going to visit him. He answered as if he were waiting for us to call him, and said, "I wont be able to receive you guys right now but you can come at 8",  and I said, “of course we can go” although we were like, Oh boy we have a meeting with President at 7.  So we went to the meeting with President and at 8 told him, “Hey President we have to go to an appointment right now, but we will be right back” and we started to run. We had no idea exactly where he lived we just knew that he lived around the corner from President’s house in a place that we almost never go called Aguacatal. We are now running like mad up the street and its 8:30 and we still haven’t got to the house. We finally get to the closed community at like 8:40, its late, and we call him and tell him that we are outside. He told us to hold on that he was on his way down. He came down and brought us up to his house, his name is Felipe Paz, he is 23 years old and lives with his 2 little sisters, (19) and (15). They are awesome. We only had like 15 minutes to present ourselves and present the Book of Mormon very briefly. Although when we finished we asked them if they would pray and ask God if Jesus Christ truly had come here to the Americas. They said yes and we read Moroni 10:3-5 with them:

3. Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

They understood perfectly what they had to do, and we ended quickly with a prayer.
We asked Felipe to pray and he told us that he didn’t know how. I quickly told him the steps to prayer and told him that we would hear his prayer. 
He bowed his head and started to pray, and he prayed so sincerely, you could feel the spirit so strongly, after the prayer no one wanted to talk. We told him that we would be in to visit him next week after he came back from his Grandparents farm (it’s a holiday weekend here in Colombia). And he said he would come back just to hear us.
I love it when we can have experiences like that. It’s the best

I love the mission, because the Lord prepares the way, and he prepares the hearts of His Children to receive His full and true Gospel in His time and in His way. 

I love this Gospel so much 
I know that it is true 
And I leave this all in the name of our Savior Amen.
Elder Lyle

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