Monday, June 17, 2013

Letter #40 06/17/2013

Dear Family and Loved Ones,

This week has been awesome. We got to go to the temple with some of our investigators and have a special lesson in the waiting room with them! The temple president came and talked to them for a while, and we took some pictures, taught The Plan of Salvation, and then afterward we had some refreshments in the hostel dining room. It was a really cool experience, but we got home at 11:30-- SO late for missionaries!

The investigator we brought is named Josè Yelaskov (Russian heritage) and his family: Alejandrina and her son, Luis (Josè´s step-son.) They are awesome. One of my first weeks in this area they rode up on their motorcycle and stopped us on the street. Alejandrina introduced herself as a member; Josè introduced himself as not baptized-- yet! He explained he had every intention to get baptized because of the example of his wife. He's been going to church in Las Piedras (the next city over) for three years, but now they are moving back to La Paz, where Alejandrina was born. They are my favorites! Alejandrina has two boys from a previous marriage, and she and Josè have two adorable little girls together. However, the thing keeping Josè from baptism is that they are not married. The divorce and marriage proccess is very long here in Uruguay and a little expensive. Fortunately, his divorce finally went through and her divorce is in the final stages. After that, it could be up to two months before they can get married and Josè can get baptized. They are willing to do anything for their family to be together forever.

Sunday we had stake conference, and they came, even though the stake center is quite far and Josè had to make two trips on his motorcycle to get everyone there!

Also this week we are having a stake baptismal service-- about 15 people are going to get baptized! ¡¡Noche Blanca!! We're planning on bringing all of our investigators. Please pray that they'll come!

In other news Hermana Hatch and I have started a tradition of picking a topic together every day and studying it individually for 15 minutes in personal study, and then sharing what we learned. Today's (and yesterday's) topic was charity:

 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand allmysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whetherthere be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
This is the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians. It is interesting how when I pray for a certain Christlike quality, that quality is tested immediately thereafter.

I love you so much! Remember that the Lord loves you so much and that His love is the only thing in this world that will NEVER fail.

Love you forever,
Hermana Phillips

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