I am so glad you all had the best vacation ever! I really am so jealous that I can´t be there with all of you, but I know that I´m supposed to be here in Ecuador serving the Lord right now. And what a blessing it is to be doing that. Mom, I´m glad you had a good birthday! Although it may have been different than most, I´m glad you got some lobster and other nifty things.
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM!!!!!!!!!!! I can´t believe you´ll be 24. What the nuts!? Life just flies, really. Have the BEST birthday ever and know that ¡te amo!
And…………….PARKER!!! You´re going to be the best missionary ever!! Best of luck! Nnnot that you nnneed ittt, hheey, Ppotter? Name that movie. Remember that no matter how hard the mission is, it´s totally worth it. Read the welcome message from the first presidency in Preach My Gospel, and you´ll know what I¨m talking about.
This week, a woman in the branch was going through a hard time, so we talked with her on Sunday. I shared Ether 12:4, 6, 12, 18 and simply told her that fear is the opposite of faith. She said that in that instant, she was changed and felt as though she had a connection with God. She said that when she talks with the missionaries, she feels an instant allieviance in her life. It is so incredible that I have this opportunity to be a representative of Jesus Christ and help people to receive peace and joy in their lives. I don´t even have to do that much. I know that this work is powerful. God lives.
Another miracle that we found out about this week is that Anita, who got baptized a couple weeks ago had problems with arthritis before and was worried about her baptism because of it. However, when she got baptized, she didn´t feel any pain and since then hasn´t had to use her pain medicine because her body doesn´t hurt. God works miracles through faith!
Also, so cool that our ancestor was Joseph Smith´s body guard. Thanks for the stories, and Parker, I know your song went beautifully. I have the music here, so I should just play it and I´ll think of you.
Friday smelled like the best day of summer in the United States and I died. It was beautiful. Also, if you read 2 Nephi 33:1, you´ll know how I feel. Weak in writing. I also got all the letters from the Concord Stake YW! Thanks!
I love you all so much! We had one baptism this Saturday for a chico who we´ve known since we got here. The Gospel changes lives and works miracles. That´s all I have to say. This is the true church. God loves us! We are His children!
I love you all so much! Have the best end of summer...well, it sounds like you already did. We´ll just have to do that again in a year, yeah?
|Sarah LOVES getting mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|