first and foremost i want to wish my dear mother a happy birthday! dont you think i forgot di i was talking to elder wilcox about it on saturday! i ate my package candy to celebrate it was a good time. i love you mother and i look up to you in more ways than you know. youre my idol and i strive everyday in the mission to develop the love that you have for others! hope it was awesome!
happy birthday to col dawg too! i think elder passey sent our package with some cool stuff in it for you including my most prized possession... the reffing jacket! best jacket ever take care of it. love you homie have a way good birthday. big 16! take good care of carl too i miss him ;(
this week we had one of the coolest experiences that ive had on my mission to this point. it all started on thursday and hopefully i can remember everything.... we were using the ward list to look for this inactive family and we knocked a random door in the middle of nowhere to ask. a 20 year old kid named eduardo came out with his little daughter. he didnt know where they lived but he was pretty nice and we asked if we could share something with him. he was reluctant but after a little bit of pushing he agreed to let us show a 3 min video about families. we entered and met his girlfriend that he lives with and she pretty much gave us the cold shoulder. after talking he told us he was baptized when he was 8 but moved out a couple years ago with his gf and hadnt been to church in a long time. it was obvious he wasnt really living the way he should be but it was a good lesson and they liked the video. we left and he followed us out the door to go visit his friend.
flash forward two days to saturday, we¨re looking for this same family! a car drives by us and wants to talk with us so we go over and they say theyre family with this eduardo and that on thursday right after we had left he had been in a terrible car crash. they told us to visit him so we went and he was in his bed and his whole family was there and theyre all member of the church. his gf that didnt give us the time of day before gladly welcomed us and brought us to his room where we talked privately for about 40 min. he was beat up but really no broken bones or anything too bad. we gave him a priesthood blessing and he told us the story.
he had left in his car on thursday and couldnt stop thinking about the video. after about an hour driving he fell asleep at the wheel and crossed over right at a truck. about 2 seconds before impact he said that ¨christ¨woke him up and the video and his family flashed through his mind and all he could think was one, im going to die, and two i wish i wouldve done more to create a better family. nobody knows how but he exited through the windshield as the truck went over the mazda and completely destroyed it before it was hit by two other cars. he went unconscious until 3 hours before we came on saturday to see him where he told us he is going to turn his whole life around and do everything he can to have an eternal family.
we went back to teach them yesterday and his girlfriend liset told us she would be baptized. tonight we have a family home evening with them and all their family to talk about marriage and it is gonna be so awesome! im gonna attach a picture of the car. ive never seen anything like it and not be the result of a dead person. its crazy. the guy is walking!
on sunday morning at like 4 am we got a call from an investigator named santiago that had a dream about christ coming ot the americas and he knows the church is true.. but isnt married with his gf either. but anyway he called and was like ¨brother... i was reading in 3rd nephi 6 and i wanted to know where the people of nephi were¨after explaining to him where the nephites were i asked him if he knew what time it was. he told me he knew but he had an individual devotional everynight at this time. i hung up and we just laughed for like 10 min it was so funny!
we had conference for all the dl´s in the mish on friday and i saw some friends for the first time in a long time it was so cool and super spiritually uplifing! ill put in the pic i got with elder frampton.
i want to end with a scripture and analogy. alma 30:24 we read that korihor is arguing that the rules and regulations of the church are putting the people in captivity, not freeing them. presidente ezra taft benson tells a story of when he was flying a kite and he asked his dad what holds the kite up? his dad responded the string.. and he said no thats what keeps it down... so his dad said well then cut the string! so he cut it and the kite fell to the ground.
the commandments are for our own good. they dont hold us down, they let us fly higher. i realize that more than ever and i know i know nothing compared to my father in heaven. everyone of us needs to recognize the eternal truth of obedience with exactness. its what brings miracles into our lives and ive seen it on my mission.
i love you all so much and hope youre good! i pray for all of you and i feel the prayers and thoughts for me every day! choose the right, be obedient and enjoy this wonderful life!:)