Thursday, September 8, 2011

La Lluvia Mágica (Magical Rain)

Hey Guys!
What a crazy week!! I'll start by saying that it rained non-stop last week day and night. It definitely slowed down the work a little bit but it brought a lot of fun adventures. The other night my companion got super sick and he has a wicked infection in his stomach. He is feeling better now but it was an ugly experience those couple days. We were able to have an absolutely wonderful baptismal service of Lalo and Valentin. Lalo is the old man that finally was able to give up smoking after almost a year of trying in order to be baptized. And Valentin is the twenty year old that is a total stud when it comes to his testimony of the Gospel, after just a few weeks of experience. On Sunday we had a lesson with him and he told us he wants to serve a mission in a year and get married in the temple. The Spirit was so strong. Also we had the confirmations in church on Sunday. Although there were only about 25 people there, the Spririt was so strong and I could tell that the ward trusts us now and is more excited to share the Gospel with their friends. So my companion and I are going to try some crazy ideas to get references and meet the friends of the members this week. I will let you know how it goes in the next email. One thing that my companion and I are loving every week is doing Family Nights with the members and the investigators. We always start by doing a few magic tricks which gets them real excited and then we teach them how to play spoons! Every family has loved playing it and we have had a lot of fun as well with them. We have built up a lot of trust with these families because they can see that we are normal people as well. After the game we use a parable to share a message and bring the Spirit into their home. Just to briefly share, the parable is that sometimes we focus too much of our attention on our "cards" and not enough attention on the spoons. The real way to win the game is by grabbing the spoon, not by having the right cards. The cards in this example are the things of the world. work, school, chores, music, sports, all good things. But what really matters in the eternal perspective is our salvation. We can have better priorities such as reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church in order to build our own testimony of Jesus Chirst. We learn that we are saved through Him and that following His teachings make us happy in this life and gives us eternal happiness in the life to come. Let us focus more of our time on things that matter most, I promise you will be more happy for it! I hope everyone is well and happy. Share the Gospel!!! It will bring you the greatest joy! Love you all!
Elder Stutz

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