whats up fellas. this week was a stellar week in the office and in our
own sector! we saw a lot of miracles happen and im hoping we can see
some serious fruit soon. i know we will actually.
first of all this weekend marks the end of a work that has been going
on for months. our christmas concert! last night was the first
concert, tonight is the second, and tomorrow night will be the last
one. literally the entire week we have just been running around buying
things, setting up contracts, and finalizing all of the work that is
needed to make it happen, and last night was amazing!! the choir is 24
missionaries inculding like 10 others that play different instruments.
there is an awesome amphitheatre on the beachside that fits about 500
people that we have for the weekend and our job has just been to make
sure everything is ready to go. ive honestly learned so much just in
these couple of weeks planning it what it actually takes to organize
and event like this. its been a great experience and they sound like
angels. weve been filiming it and also i think the church crew from
santiago is coming on sunday night and they might put it on lds.org!
but that has been the main focus all week and its has been a ton of
work to organize and make sure everything goes according to plan!
even though we had almost no time to work in our own sector and look
for investigators the Lord is blessing us with ways to baptize still.
its amazing seriously. last sunday this guy came to church because his
GF is a member AND THEY DONT LIVE TOGETHER ITS A CHILEAN MIRACLE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! no but really it was great news.
but anyways he has been a few times but missionaries never noticed or
just never talked to him. but he came to the church on tuesday to talk
with us and a missionary from our ward came and we got to know hima
little and taught him the restoration there! it was one of the most
spiritual lessons of my mission! its so cool to think back and you can
seriously remember all of the most powerful lessons ont he mish. its a
cool feeling. but anyway he wants to get baptized, we just need more
time to teach him!! tonight hes gonna come to the concert a little
early and we`re gonna teach him on teh beach before it starts!
second miracle- a man named daniel has been going to church for about
the last 3 months. he has a slight mental problem and it casues him to
get distracted from the topic sometimes. we think but were not sure
that for this reason the missionaries didnt teach him. however the
other day he just showed up to the office as we were leaving to go to
an appt and was like hey can i go with you guys? then he preceeded to
hold his book of mormon in the air and say LETS GO PREACH THE TRUTH!
hahaha we couldnt deny him. so he came with us and it was awesome!!!
haha the guy is a real hoot, and he understands the gospel better than
me!! we decided to start visiting him and a couple days ago we went
and met his mom as well. she told us that his whole life he has been
almost obsessed as she called it with the bible and learning more
about God. he studied with evangelicals, jehovahs witnesses, and
belongs to the catholic church. but after knowing our church he read
the entire book of mormon and knew that it was true! it was really
really cool and afterwards he asked me to give him a blessing of
strength and reallly is was impressive teh love that i could feel from
Heavenly Father to him. its amazing how much God loves his sons and
daughters, especially those that he has given conditions or
disabilities to such as daniel. he has a natural gift of understanding
God``s will. daniel will be baptized the day after Christmas next
Mario is progressing little by little. he wont be baptized tomorrow
becasue hes got some doubts about tithing. but were confident that
next week its gonna happen!
the elders from my old sector in viña told me that the Castillo family
might come to the concert tonight. itd be such a blessing to see them
again. i hope it happens.
love you guys and im praying for ya every day. happy a great Christmas
and we`ll be seeing eachother on Friday by Skype!
-elder allred - chilean street raptor
photo: selfie that i took with my homie elder roach before the concert
on the beach! also i took it with my brick phone camera.!