Monday, November 19, 2012

Come One, Come All

just come to church!

What a fantastic idea from Sister Galley's email! Invitation day, I love it! We have a lot of confidence with the bishop here so we will be sure to suggest that one. It would be a huge success I think.

Even more success that is, as yesterday was a fantastic day in church as it is. We had 8 investigadores acompany us, 2 being Lidia and Vanesa. Jorge, the son, couldn't come because he had to play soccer. We're still working with him on that one. But Lidia loved it and this time stayed for all three hours. Wasn't going to, but in the end couldn't get her daughters out of primary, so figured why not stay. Cool! We also had a brand new couple we just started teaching this week who are seriously golden in every sense. Their names are Valentín and Marcela. They're not married (yet), but they want to do it really soon. So yeah, they came to sacrament meeting and apparently already know a whole lot of members, because seriously half the ward came up to them afterwards to greet them and talk to them. It was strangely awesome how much attention they got. But they said they loved it, and wanted to come back next sunday for the classes as well. Blessings galore! But wait, there's more...
We stumbled upon a young man named Camilo this week as well, who aparently used to listen to the misionaries like 7 or 8 years ago. He's now 24, works and is a fantastic guy. The best part is that his girlfriend, who lives in Concepción, is a member, and every time Camilo goes to visit her, he goes to church with her. So we invited him to come here, and he came! Along with his girlfriend, and we have a lesson with him this wednesday. So yeah, the blessings are flowing in, which is wonderful, because it's been a very very prolonged period of trial. But, as we all know, after many trials, come the blessings.

I'm feeling happy and hopeful and excited as well for the Christmas season! Only a few days left before we can start listening to the music. Elder Badger shares the same family tradition of not doing it before Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your letters this week. I loved hearing from you. I know I always say that, but I always mean it. Honestly, Mom, Dad, Jennifer, Heather, Ashley, Anna, your letters are a great strength to me and I'm grateful every day for who you are and for your example to me.

Well, the good attendance at church was basically the highlight of the week for me, and I invite everyone to give references to the missionaries! I too can testify, like Sister Galley, that it is the best way to do missionary work. Actually, the only way to do missionary work in the 21st century. As the scriptures say, in these days, we are no longer fishers of men. The Lord has sent hunters. Maybe it's a slower process, but it's what the Kingdom of God needs. I leave my testimony of Christ. I know he lives, and I know God answers prayers, because every time I ask him for strength or to help me develop a certain attribute of Christ, he helps me do it. I love the Savior, and I know he loves us. I hope you all have a wonderful week. You are in my prayers!

Much love,
Elder Wilcox

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