Friends and Family,
Happy Valentine's day. Well, happy one-day-early Valentine's Day. I hope you all enjoy the subject of this week's email, it comes from a very wise member who fed us dinner last night. I thought I'd share the sweet nugget of wisdom with you all, married or unmarried.
It's been crazy serving on the other side of Yakima Ave. My new area borders my last area, and just covers English people, but it's cool because I still get to see a lot of the old members and investigators from serving in the Englewood Branch. We have a lot of really cool people we are working with!
Curtis is somebody we recently found and started teaching. The Spanish STL's talked to him while he was smoking a cigarette outside and got his info and passed it on to us. He's an older gentleman who lives by himself, but still calls and talks to his wife that lives in an assisted living facility every day. He is a man of great faith, and has tons of life experiences to help him see God's hand in his life. As we shared the message of the Restoration with him, it was all clicking with him and making sense and he believed in all of it. Towards the end of the lesson I invited him to pray about if our message was true. I was thinking he'd pray later after we left, but he bowed his head and crossed his arms and started praying right then and there! Elder Taele and I looked at each other and quickly bowed our heads. He finished his very sincere prayer, and took a moment of silence, and said "Well. I just had a very strong feeling, so I guess God's telling me your church is true." It was sweet. He has memory problems, so teaching him is fun because he only remembers parts of our previous lessons.
We are also teaching the Galvan Family. There is a mom with two daughters and some grandkids that live in this apartment and they are all so sweet and humble. They have some sort of physical deformity but they are completely functioning but have been discriminated against their entire lives. When we had our first lesson with them, Rebecca, the mom, was telling us how she had questioned whether or not God loves here. She knows that He does, but said that at times it is very hard to believe it. It was very powerful to be there and testify to them that God is no respecter of persons, and that He loves each and every one of them more than they could imagine.
That's my insight from the week. The power, vastness, and greatness of God's love. Something that can be very hard to comprehend, but when time is taken to pay attention to the love that God has for us, life seems to have a little more color. Even in this cold, grey, winter.
Con Mucho Amor,