Sunday, August 2, 2015

08.01.2015

Hey everybody!

I hope everybody is well!  I love your emails and hearing about what is going on at home!  The fishing trip sounds like it was a blast!  I noticed in the photos that you took Brother Bigelow with you!  He is such a good home teacher!  I hope that you enjoy the weekend with Zach and Karli in town with the grand kids.  Lots of fun!

This week was great!  Full of lessons, office activities, and service projects! This week Elder Duncan, the area president, is coming for a mission tour!  He will be teaching in multizone conferences on Wednesday and Thursday and a leadership conference on Friday!  I am super excited to learn from him this week.  We are working hard to make sure that it is a good tour and that we present the mission well!  

This week the BYU-Idaho dance team was touring in Costa Rica and it was a big deal for all of the members.  Tickets were free for all of the members that wanted to go.  It had a great message about the family, and a bunch of dances.  So President said that if we took investigators we could go.  So, after some planning, we were on our way to downtown San José with Oscar and Martha, and Ivan and Tania to see the show.  Everybody in the LDS community from Costa Rica was there. All of the stake presidents and bishops, we even said hi to the stake patriarch that always helps us with his mini-bus.  The show had several dances with little statements about the family in between pieces.  Many came from The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and others came from scriptures.  It was really good and the spirit was strong.  Our investigators can´t stop talking about it.  They closed the show dancing to "Families Can Be Together Forever," it was powerful.  

This morning we were able to take part in a service project for an elderly woman that lives in San Francisco.  Our ward mission leader offered to help clean up her front yard, so we went to help.  When we arrived, a large tree in her back yard had recently fallen over onto her tin roof and she had no way to get it off.  So we spent quite a while cutting the tree down with saws and a machete.  Everyone here uses a machete for their gardening, they even use them for cutting the grass.  So I am getting pretty good at using a machete to garden.  Once we got the tree off of the house we moved to the front yard to clean it up and make it look nice.  It was a good morning filled with service.

This week we really saw the hand of the Lord in a lesson with Ivan and Tania.  When we teach them, we also teach Tania's daughter and her boyfriend at the same time.  We have been leaving commitments for them to read and pray about The Book of Mormon.  The daughter has not been too great with keeping her commitments, but when we passed by last night she told us that she had something interesting to tell us.  She went on to tell us that the night before she couldn't sleep very well so she opened The Book of Mormon and read the introduction.  After a while she fell back asleep and had a dream that she was dressed in white in the church!  She received her answer from God that our message is true.  She is going to church with us as well tomorrow and we hope that she continues to keep her commitment and progress towards a baptism.  

I know that God answers prayers, and that he keeps his promises.    If we do our part, God will never let us down. The introduction to The Book of Mormon states, "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." 

We promised her that her Heavenly Father would answer her prayers as she read The Book of Mormon and prayed to know of it's truthfulness.  God keeps His promises.

I hope that you have a great week!

Elder Nelson

Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Dios siempre cumple."
 
 

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