I’ve had the chance, the last couple of days to see and experience a lot of change. I love the fact that however much we change God stays the same and so do his rules. A few weeks ago I told you about an atheist that we got the chance to meet. This week I can tell you that he is no atheist. On Sunday at church (it was fast and testimony meeting), he not being a member bore his testimony along with his friend that we are teaching. He said that he completed one month since he first got to know the church and what he has FELT has changed his life. He said that he has never been so sure of something ever before and that he has finally found an answer to all of his doubts. We went to his house on Monday and invited him to be baptized and he gladly accepted ... life changed.
We also went to his friends, Eduardo, house and as we got there it just felt different. As we got talking to him he told us that his grandmother had fallen and broken her arm and that she would’nt be able to get it operated on because the anesthesia would kill her. Long story short, she was laying on her bed crying because of the pain and bleak outlook, we gave her a blessing and as we took our hands off her head, she wasn’t crying. Her pain was tolerable and she felt peaceful about her arm healing! Eduardo expressed to us his desire to be baptized. ... life changed.
There is a town crazy guy here in Navarette, and almost everyone knows who he is. His name is Emilio. Thursday night as we were walking down the street, he stopped us and told us he wanted us to go to his house because he needed help. I thought about what David told me from his mission, that sometimes he invited drunk people to do things, come to church, read, pray, etc., but maybe they didn’t have enough faith to change. So, I thought that we’d take him at face value and visit him. We went to his house and it was a mansion, but dirty as ever. Anyway we taught him and invited him to church, 2 days later, on Sunday he was at church! and now is reading the Book of Mormon every day…. another life changing.
Look, what I want to say is that the mission is awesome and it has changed me just as it is changing the lives of the people we meet! I am grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ and thru it hope for being and doing better! I love to teach about that and experience it myself….. Life changed and still changing!
At home you could say that life is changing because there are 3 babies THAT I HAVENT EVEN MET.....ha ha but it’ll be cool to meet them. I hope yall are saving me a spot on one of your softball teams and that you tell your kids my name, A LOT. ha
hey dad. Really I have to thank you for doing all of the things that I’m not able to do right now concerning school. It’s funny (inspired) that you wrote me about Alma 5. This whole week my comp and I have dedicated our studies to this chapter. Thanks for the insights. We helped a less active member come back to church and be comfortable enough to have an interview with the bishop; all with the help of this chapter. We have been able to put it in to our own lives. ha its awesome…. Lives changed!
I love you all, have a good week.--
ELDER MATT GRINERmisión santiago RD
In Navarette with Elder Cuauhtemoc