Friday, November 9, 2012

La Gratitud Precede el Milagro

Hey Guys!
Well, last week flew by pretty fast!  We went to renew our visas in Cuernavaca on Tuesday and started our work for the week on Wednesday.  We got the opportunity to exercise our priesthood and help other exercise their priesthood this past week.  We went to teach an investigator from Centros ward but the investigator never showed up.  We were waiting for her in the house of several members.  We began talking with them and discovered that many of them were suffering from illnesses or other strong trials that were threatening the happiness of them and their own families.  One by one, they began asking for priesthood blessings.  We gave maybe 5 or 6 blessings, I dont remember well.  But I do recall the special spirit present in that home.  I remember the silent prayers I said in my head and heart to know what to say to a son or daughter of God that was going through a trial stronger than I have ever had in my life.  We also helped a brother get out of his comfort zone by giving preisthood blessings to his son and his wife.  It was a special night of priesthood power.  I am grateful that the Lord has restored that power on the earth today for the happiness of His children.  Ariana and Ignacio are officially going to get married!!!!  This Thursday is the day.  Elder Quinnelly and I are going to be the witnesses and the baptism will be on Saturday.  They are both so excited because the baby will be born in a couple weeks.  We were able to talk with them about their eternal family.  They are already excited to go to the temple in about a year to be able to be sealed together.  Ignacio is excited to soon recieve the Melquisedeck priesthood and to receive a calling in the ward.  I lvoe them both and cant wait for the baptism and their temple sealing!  THIS is what the restored Gospel is all about, eternal happiness in the family.  We also have two other baptisms this coming week.  Their names are Margarita and her 15 year old son Oscar.  They are from Centros ward and we have enjoyed teaching them.  Margarita has such a strong testimony of the Gospel and cant wait to get baptized.  On Sunday, we went to Centros ward again and met ANOTHER invited friend that had come to church.  After meeting with him 5 minutes, hearing a powerful testimony from his friend, and talking about the importance of baptism, he committed to be baptized on the 17th of November.  He is a 20 yearold kid looking for direction in his life and felt something different and peaceful when he came to church.  We ahve around 10 planned baptisms for the month of November and we are excited for all these brothers and sisters of ours that are experiencing these changes in their lives and recieving the blessings of the Gospel.  Meanwhile, the Chilpancingo zone is experiencing many trials.  There are several areas that have nothing going on because they havent been able to work effectively with their members yet.  I had been praying for guidance to know what to do to help these missionaries have success and enjoy their mission more.  During the sacrament,  I was reading about the miracle when Christ multiplied the bread and fish to feed the multitude. I noticed that the disciples focused on the negative, the lack of food. But Christ took ¨what they already had¨ and gave thanks. The miracle of the multiplying came after the gratitude. I shared this with a few elders to help them see the importance of being grateful for what we have: willing members, a bishop, a ward mission leader, etc. Once we are grateful for what we do have, the Lord will work miracles in our areas so that the strength of the Lord is multiplied. I know this will happen in the Chilpancingo stake if we will just be grateful for what we have and if we continue to work diligently everyday for the Lord.  Love you all and hope everyone enjoys a good Halloween!!!
Elder Stutz  

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