The month of August has rolled around and i still feel the same. i cant believe im coming up on 2 years since i left on what has been the greatest adventure of my life, and what will eternally be one of the most impactful decisions ive ever made. i love being a missionary. i love the Lord´s work. and i love watching lives change as they come unto Christ, more than anyone else´s my own.
i really forced myself to focus this week and the Lord helped me a whole lot. P days are always hard. these last 3 mondays have been difficult. but through powerful prayer and sincere desires to continue to preach the gospel ive witnessed that ive been blessed with the strength to work hard and to bear my testimony to everyone.
this morning i started looking through my photos to see which photos i can print out and give to people. its crazy to think how many people have changed my life and how many experiences ive had with them. its almost unimaginable to think about the mercy that ive received as a servant in the Lord´s church. sometimes when i get down and think that things arent happening how they should, or maybe i didnt fulfill what i needed to do, i remember that its not about me. it was never my mission. maybe God allowed me to pass through these experiences but it was never about me. im grateful because i know that everything taht has happened has gone just the way it needed to and just how the Lord planned because ive been obedient.
the day before my final interview in Viña which will be on sunday the 21st, i have my ticket bought to head down to Santiago and witness two sealings. Jacob and Romina, and Raul and Maria Elena from teh Castillo family that was baptized a little over a year ago now have everything ready to be sealed for time and all eternity. undoubtedly it will be the most incredible way to cap off the best two years of my life. ive seen promises fulfillled time and time again. its amazing how God prepares teh way for everything.
Carlos our venezuelan investigator came to church yesterday. its been a complete miracle to see his progress. the day before teaching the law of chastity he broke up with his girlfriend (who is not bad looking) and was much more prepared to understand the commandment and why its important for his future. he feels more weight on his conscience now and wants to be baptized this sunday. if he can give up cigarrettes before then were on! hes a stud.
on saturday as we contacted in another companionships sector to help them find more investigators we sat down in a park with a 19 year old kid listening to Queen. after singing along to the last parts of Bohemian Rhapsody we casually transitioned into a topic about the 12 tribes of Israel. haha it was so cool. hes of Jewish descent, and literally has traced his line back to find out that he came from the levite tribe! it was cool we started explaining the restoration and since he became a christian 3 years ago he was able to understand and feel the spirit really strongly and accepted to be baptized! this week we´ll start teaching him.
i feel a love for all the people we are teaching. if it werent for my family and friends that i love to death and who are there waiting for me id spend the rest of my life here helping these people.
And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.
i know ive been called to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those that are willing to accept the message in their lives.
thanks for your prayers and thoughts. i know this is the truth.
-Elder Allred - Chilean Street Raptor
photo- E Garcia was bored....