Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Everyone has their story"

Me and Elder Wilcox


Hello my people! How are you all doing? As always you are in my constant thoughts and prayers! Sorry that I have been slacking on the big emails lately! This week was really good, not a whole ton of success number wise, but the success we had was amazing. On Tuesday our member appointment fell through and so we got dropped of in an Urban called Santa Clara. We said a prayer for God to lead us to someone who is ready to accept the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. At the second house we found a man and he came out side and opened up to us. He told us about his life and that a few years ago, his son was shot and killed right in front of him. As he began to tell us this story my heart was torn for this man, the hardest part was see the hurt and pain in his eyes. I am so thankful that God lead us to this man because, one we have a message from Jesus Christ that can heal all the hurt and pain and two to help me realize how everyone has their trials and that this life is oh so precious. He invited us in and we testified of the healing power of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and how this man can live with his family forever. His wife was also there. The Holy Spirit was present and was one of the most powerful, humbling experiences of my life. We will be seeing them again soon. We are hoping for a baptism.
Mandarins in the mail!
On Thursday we made a goal to find someone to teach in the area book. We went out the next day with names that we had written down.  We found the house of a lady the missionaries had taught previously, but she wasn’t there.  So we decided to go across the street and we began talking to this guy who is absolutely huge (ripped).  At the time he was working out, but he invited us in and we shared The Restoration with him. The spirit was so strong in the lesson and he turned out to be a big old teddy bear. He described how he felt as we spoke and how he felt that what he was hearing was true.  He spoke of feeling peace and joy.  We taught him that these feelings were from the spirit. It was such a powerful lesson. He has accepted to be baptized. He told us that he let us in because when he saw us, he knew that God had put us in his path. It was so special and humbling. We prayed and gave thanks to God for this miracle! Then right after we found an old lady and her son, walking close by. It turns out she a member of the church and he is interested to learn more! It was so great!

We are so very grateful to have found these people! Puerto Rico is great, I have never sweated so much in my life, or have ever been so tired, but this work is incredible. There are the hard days yes, but those days we can choose to be sad about or choose to grow and learn from them. I know God lives, I know He know everyone of us by name. We are literally His children. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Savior, Redeemer, the light, and life of this world. The Holy Ghost testifies of all truth. I challenge you all to read the Book of Mormon and meditate on its words.  I love you all,

Elder Waidmann

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