just to start out i want to wish my old man a happy fathers day even though hes everything but old! lay off that coke and einsteins bagels and in no time we´ll be playing for the championship in winbledom for doubles. no but for realzy steve is a stallion. love you dad and i think about ya every day here. i dont know where id be without your example and advice. probably not in chile though. after spending a few months in broken homes and seeing the affects of it, i realize a little more every day jsut how lucky i am to have my dad be a worthy priesthood holder and overall just a great guy. love ya homie g
despite the fact that we did not get changed this week, we had one of the toughest days of my mission, and probably my life last wednesday. the whole day we didnt get into a single house, we walked a lot, it was hot for 20 min, and then really cold right after, and overall it was just really tough. we got kind of frustrated with one another even though WE KNEW it was a trial god wanted us to pass through. but we got through it and bounced back the next day. god has to send something like that every once in a while so we dont catch ourselves sleeping and not looking for things that we can improve.
this week i started writing down a miracle that had happened every single day. it was pretty cool because i could look back on every single day and remember something cool that happened. one day we were looking endlessly with our ward list that were cutting down and that we have received a promise from president to baptize every month if we use, but anyway we entered some apartments and had the worker look up this guy on his computer and after about 5 min of looking he told us it didnt exist.. so right as we turn away to leave this lady walks in and shes like hey! im a member and i want to reactivate myself in the church! also i have a daughter and i want you guys to teach her. haha so we went ot her house the next day and taught them! the daughter is athiest but she said shes going to read the part we assigned in the bookof mormon!
on tuesday night we were in the church calling the zone and telling everybody who was leaving to viña when this elder walks in the room and gives us a hug. he was from a different ward but he had gotten homethat day from ecuador and actually he knew josh sueldo too! but yeah so we talked for a little bit and then he left and got released in his interview with the stake president and came out without his plaque. it was supppeerrrr weird to see. elder swindler and i just thought about it a lot that night and how short the mission is. that this is the only time i n our lives that we willl have the power and authority like we have now. that why its so important to take advantage of every single moment to invite others to dothings that will change their lives!
we found tons of investigators this week to do just that! including a family that we found last night! first we talked with this kid outside his house about the states and english, then with his mom, and then the dad arrived like 20 min later and was like what are these guys doing outside come on in! haha little did we know he was going to barrage us with questions for an hour and 15 min! it was crazy, yet ive never felt the spirit guiding our words so much! it was like he was trying to get us to cross ouselves somehow but at the end of everything were going back tonight ot teach the family about hte restoration!! :)
that was my week. and also a really cool blessing that i gave to an investigator from peru that we have been teaching in the beach side tenth floor apartment of a recent convert! at the beginnning of the blessing i could just feel that they were my own words, the slowly i just forgot about myown thoughts and i could feelthe spirit guiding me! it was awesome to see the difference and thats how every priesthood blessing needs to be!
in mormon 9:24 it says that in the name of christ we have the power to cast out devils, speak with new tongues, drink and eat things and not be hurt or get sick from them, and lay our hands on the sick to heal them. i can honestly say that when i read this verse this morning the spirit hit me on the head with a bag of bricks. i have seen every single one of these blessing be fulfilled in nine months of the mission. the promises are true, sometimes we just lack the faith. if you dont believe me ask my brothers how long i spent in the bathroom on a daily basis before the mission. and i dont expect it to be different after either. haha but seriously i have not had almost any problems with my digestive system here adn i know that that is a blessing from on high. they used to call me allredy pooping again!
love you guys and hope you have an awesome week becuase im going to have one too. <3 shout out to the cousins that are reunited love you guys thanks for being such good examples see ya soon!
I KNEW THE BOYS WOULD PULL THROUGH! I LOVE STEPH
-elder allred - chilean street raptor