Monday, November 25, 2013

Luke 22:42 -- "Not my will, but thine, be done"

Hey family!

   I imagine that everyone is preparing for the vacations of Thanksgiving, and I can´t even believe that it´s that time of the year again.  I have not eaten turkey for a little more than a year now (in the MTC we were given turkey) but chicken and rice always makes a good Thanksgiving dinner.  Signs of Christmas are starting to appear, but that doesn´t throw out the fact that it´s summer here.  My second hot Christmas will be amazing!  Here in the plaza of Quillota, a huge blow up Santa Claus popped his head out of no where and is staring at everyone that walks by. His huge head (brother Callister) is creeping over the top of one of the super markets here and I feel insecure with him watching. I will take a photo and send it your way next week.

   Yesterday Felix was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We held his baptismal service in a small classroom because his wife can´t climb the stairs that lead to the sacrament room.  Man was it hot in the classroom and I´m sure Felix was grateful when he entered the cool water.  I have a photo of the baptism but left the chord in the apartment.  You will have to wait till next week to see it.  The conversion story of Felix is amazing and I will always remember the faith he showed when he prayed for the truth to arrive to his doorstep.  An unforgettable experience!

   Yesterday Nico ( the joven that was baptized around 3 months ago) passed the sacrament for the first time and his parents, who aren´t members, came to watch him.  They arrived late and weren´t able to see it but they still were able to be spiritual uplifted with the talks and classes given.  We had an amazing Gospel Principles class where Nico´s dad shared how we had changed his life when we began teaching Nico.  He confessed to us that he had never taken interest in religion nor in God until recently.  The whole family was passing a hard time and for the first time in his life, he prayed to God for help.  The next day Nico met us and 4 weeks later was baptized.  Now Nico´s dad is sharing many deep personal feelings with us and we are able to apply the Gospel to every one of his needs.  An unknown miracle.  

   Yesterday we had 6 investigators who arrived at church (a new record for me) and they all have good progression.  The Lord has seen our dedication and work and we have been trying to humble ourselves so that the Spirit can whisper promptings to us. 

Have a good week!  Don´t distract the missionaries too much this week because I´m sure that Thanksgiving is a hard week for missionaries in the United States. Maybe some of you could even go with them to a few appointments!

Elder Weidman

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