Monday, July 7, 2014

Sprinting at the end of a marathon:)

Wow I cant tell you how greatful I am to be a missionary in this time. I enjoy each and every moment of this great work. This week was crazy busy and flew by super fast. We had interviews this week in los lagos with the new president. He is from mexico and about half the size of president rappleye haha but amazing. He is super excited for the work and super super nice. He has a very strong mexican accent and uses words that i have never heard of. It will be fun returning and talking in spanish from mexico.

We had some awesome experiences this week. I always get bummed when we have to travel a ton for leader council (3 hours to osorno) and de vuelta. And I prayed to God asking that we could have some spiritual experiences during all this time gone from our sector. We left thursday and I got permission to return to my old sector in los laureles in osorno. As we visited I got to say hi to the mamita there! and tatan! who is going to serve in california. He left with us and I wanted to have a night where I could return and have an impact on someone I already taught. Tatan had the great idea to visit Pedro and Carmen a couple that is waiting for the divorce papers to be finished from pedros last marriage so they can get married. They have been getting super bummed and frustrated with how much time it has taken and the missionaries there had asked a lot about the papers so he got mad and didnt let them come in to his house in that moment, When I knocked the door he said "im busy im busy!" until he recognized it was me, and I said "I came back to osorno just to you guys a visit!" His eyes filled with joy and he let us in. We gave an awesome lesson about the scripture where  king benjamin mentions how the families put their tents toward the temple and listened to him speak, we talked how if the temple is in their sight for the future then they are in the right track and the lord will continue to bless them. We testified of the importance of making goals to continue on the path to the temple and they felt the spirit strong. He told me the papers would be coming soon and soon after they would prepared to get baptized. It was an awesome experience to come back to my old sector.

Another sweet experience was when I was on the bus coming back to our sector. While I got on the bus I prayed asking to have an opportunity to share the gospel. This man soon after sat next to me and looked way tired. I had the impression to talk to him and all I got out of him was where he was going then like a rock he was out sleeping. The whole way there I had the impression to give him a book of mormon but had no Idea how to do it smoothly. I had the impression to put some Im a mormon cards that had some questions like "where do we go after this life" and I put them in certain pages highlighting the answers in the book. After doing a couple I looked over and he was still sleeping! and we were getting close to where he had to get off. But the impression was stronger, I had to talk to this man, so I bumped him and asked if he knew the distance from san jose to lanco. He responded and was about to sleep again so I just said "here take this! I felt the impression to give you this book because it has changed my life." ha he looked at it with interest and didnt take it weird at all. Actually it broke the ice and for the last 10 minutes of the trip we talked about his family and my mission. I invited him to meet with the missionaries in san jose and had a nice confirmation that I did what the spirit had directed me to do.

I promised the new president I would do what a runner does at the end of a marathon, SPRINT. I know the lord will guide me to the people I need to teach in this time. In our consejo de lideres I had a humbling confirmation from the spirit that I will forever be learning in my life, and that I still have so much more to learn. I am greatful for the lord in reminding me always that the only way to become like our savior is to give our hearts to him, and im dedicated in this time to do what he wants me to do. There is no better joy then INVITING someone to come to christ. and HELPING them achieve what we invite. I love these people.

The president gave me a chance to testify to the elders in our zone, and as I testified of our savior and the mission that he has called me to serve I was filled with his spirit. I have so much love for the elders I serve with and each and every person we teach daily. Thanks for your prayers love you guys a ton:) and HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA! your truly an inspiration to me, thanks for writing me each week, I wish you the best today:)

Elder Carter

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