Monday, March 30, 2015

Blessings of the Atonement of Christ

Note from Mom:  no pictures  :(


weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell here's the scoop.

Well, let's start off with some good news, Yasnay will be getting baptised this saturday!!!!!!!!!!! She came to church, we've taught her the lessons, she's amazing, we will be going swimming this saturday! it's amazing! There's also this woman Maria. She's the "friend" haha of a member, who introduced us to her at the Meet the Mormons movie that the ward had showed. we taught her the restoration, and she accepted baptism. We set a return appointment with her, but sadly she wasn't able to make it. but when we asked her how her reading of the book of mormon was, she informed us that she has been reading every night!! and more than just a couple of verses she's been reading a full chapter every night. She's amazing! she will without doubt be baptised really soon.

  Well, we had another interesting experience this last week. 
so, in our ward, there are two sets of missionaries, so the ward is split into two areas. A couple of weeks ago, the other two missionaries, had a baptism for a brother named Bro Zapata. he's this 80 somethin year old cuban man, with whom they had been working the entire time that we have been here. Sadly though, his wife has had cancer for the past little while, and her time was counting down very quickly. but he pressed foreward anyway, got baptised into the church that he knows to be true, and is already anxious for when he hits one year so that he can go to the temple. but this last week we were informed that his wife had passed away. Her funeral was yesterday afternoon, and the neat thing to see. was how a ton of the members from the ward went to see him, even though they didn't quite know who he was. they were there for him to give him a hand and a hug, and literally put together a small little service right on the spot. it was so wonderful, and the spirit was so strong. Something i noticed though, is one of the blessings that we have, of having the knowledge of the plan of salvation. His family that was there, was just so sad, so gloomy, so down. every was kind of saying goodbye for forever. The greatest thing about God's plan of happiness is that very simply we know that it's goodbye for maybe, a few years. maybe 5 for some and 75 for others but either way, in eternity, time is nothing. it's goodbye for a bit for now, and Hello for forever after.
It literally takes the scare out of death. This I believe to partly be the way that Jesus Christ "conquered death"  wow, haha not sure where I was going with that. 
Well i love yall. Can't wait to talk to you all next week! 
Elder Wardell

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