Monday, July 25, 2011

El Poder del Sacerdocio

Hey everyone!
What a great week, very quick but great! Elder Oswald and I are beginning to settle in and the work is starting to progress. We will start with a funny story. This morning Elder Oswald and I were booking it to the bus stop to get to Cuernavaca on time for our zone meetings and activities and we were about to cross the street after a huge bus passed. Elder Oswald over estimated the speed of the bus and ran right into the side of it. Luckily I was behind him so I got to witness it, muy chistoso. Yesterday, the whole mission participated in a fast to invoke the powers of heaven to assist us in finding those who are ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our mission. Getting to know the members here has been crucial. We decided to have family home evenings every night last week and have the members invite their friends so we could share the Gospel with them. This brought much success because we were able to get to know the members better and find people that are searching for the truth. We are excited to work with some of these new investigators this week. The branch here has a lot of part member families because a lot of youth get baptized but their parents do not. So Elder Oswald and I are working with many part member families so that they can be baptized and sealed together as a family for time and all eternity in the temple. Elder Oswald and I were suprisingly called on yesterday to give the talks in sacrament meeting. I was pretty scared at first but a quick prayer in my heart brought the comfort I needed and I was able to give a 20 minute talk on the Holy Ghost in spanish. It was definitely a miracle because my spanish is usually pretty slow and sub par. But this opportunity to speak helped the members trust us more and see that we are very passionate about our calling there in Tepoztlan. My confidence in spanish and in talking about the Gospel to complete strangers is increasing everyday. My favorite kind of contacting is while driving in taxis in Cuernavaca. Last week we took a few taxis and I was able to talk to every driver about the Gospel, bear my testimony, and get their addresses for the elders in Cuernavaca. It is amazing to see the Spirit work with us as we are honestly looking to find those who are ready for the Gospel. The title of my email this week comes from a some what scary experience Elder Oswald had. He got bite by an alucran, a yellow scorpian, at a members home. He felt the poison rush through his arm as it went numb. He asked me to give him a priesthood blessing and afterwards he slept great and the next day he felt better than ever. I know this miracle occured because of the reality of the priesthood authority that we hold and the faith that Elder Oswald had in me and in our Savior Jesus Christ. Miracles have not ceased in these days. They WILL occur when we demonstrate faith and show our Heavenly Father that we are willing to do anything to know the truth or bring about good. Dont have much time left, will have updates on our investigators next week. I am well and loving dedicating my life right now to the service of our Heavenly Father. Hope everyone is well, enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!!!
-Elder Stutz

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