February 20, 2012
Milagritos pasan, February 20, 2012
Feliz Cumpleaños a Michael Whittle and Grandpa Ben! I really really enjoyed those pictures of the VHHS play!!! Looks like so much fun!!!!!!! Man, I wish I could have seen it. Looks like you had a blast, Hayden! But take a few days to get caught up on school stuff.... and then you´ll be able to relax a little bit :) Oh, and when is Turnabout and what´s the story with that?
Okay. from the campo misional.
Last Monday night, we had a Noche de Hogar with Familia Duran. The dad moved to Provo when he was 5, grew up there, went to BYU, served his mission in the late 90s here in Chile Santiago West, finished school at BYU, moved back to Chile, got married, and had his family. He speaks perfect English with a Utah accent, and says that he thinks in English, not Spanish. His kids speaks English, and his wife understands English. There was a mission reunion from when he served 15 years ago, so there was another RM with his Mom, who doesn´t speak Spanish. SO, we had magic cookie bars, and I gave the lesson in English! It was kind of hard to talk about Church stuff in English, I won´t lie. But the spirit was super super strong. super super strong -- one of the highlights of my mission so far. And Hno. Duran is super cool. He works for the church here in Santiago. We also got a reference of an inactive family from another RM sister that served in Las Avenidas, and so that was great. We have a return cita, we´ll go with Hno. Duran. We finally got into this other inactive sister´s house, and she totally wants to get active again. We taught a lesson on Metas for life to an inactive recent convert, and she´s pumped to lograr la vida eterna. Pres. King gave a training for the obispados y líderes misionales in the stake, and it was awesome, me dio mucho animo.
AND time for the milagro. Saturday night during planning, we still had 0 new investigators for the week, and our goal was 5. With just Sunday left to lograr la meta, Elder Callao said where should we go contact? Wherever comes to your mind, we´ll go, and we´ll find a family of at least 5. I felt like we needed to go do some contacts on Quinta Avenida. So we did. Sunday, no one was answering their doors, no one wanted to talk to us. Finally we actually talked to someone through their window. And this group of 3 people walked behind us, looks like a mom with 2 teenagers... and a little baby. I make eye contact with the guy, and he was like, "don´t you remember me?" Nope, I had no idea who this guy was. "should I?" "Yeah, from La Cisterna, remember?" "I never was in La Cisterna, sorry." "oh, well you all look the same." and they kept walking. We finish the window contact, and go catch up to them down the street. We get talking, and it turns out he had probably talked to Elder Bateman in la Cisterna about employment or something. But we keep talking about missionary stuff, and the mom says, "ya know what? Let´s go to the house. It´s hot out here. It´s just down the street on the corner over there." So we go, sit on their patio talk more about mission stuff. Turns out the two teenagers, Jonathon and Karín, are not married but living together with their 1 1/2 year old daughter, Madeline. The older mom is Silvia. We talk some more, and Silvia de repente asks us about the "bible" we´re holding. So we explain a little about the Book of Mormon, and ask to go inside to share with the rest of the family. Vicente, Silvia´s husband, and daughter Tamara were there. We talked about the Book of Mormon, how to know it´s true, and that if they all know it´s true and follow what it teaches, they can have an Eternal Family. "una familia eterna-- ¿es algo que quieren?" and they got really interested at that point. We got a return cita, and they voluntarily gave us their cell phone to call them. When we went to say a prayer at the end, we asked if there was anything we should include, like we always do. Turns out, the little Girl, Madeline was super sick Sunday Morning. But throughout the day she got better. Why? I know it was so they would walk on Quinta Avenida. So we could talk to them. So we could share with them. So we can help them obtener su familia eterna en los cielos. 5 new investigators. 5 new people to help along the path to Eternal Life. Miracles are real. The Lord does provide.
I love you and miss you all!
Elder Cole Moffat