Hi family, 12 June 2013
So .the baseball game and clean up I told you about last week went awesome this morning!! haha. I loved it. We got to play a real game with an 18 year old team. I had a team of 8 missionaries that cant or don’t really play. Ha. I hit a double and walked but it felt good to play again!
That’s awesome that there are so many missionaries now. It just scares me though because with so many missionaries things get really unorganized and they start to do what they want instead of what they should do! But the Lord knows what he’s doing and each batch of missionaries seem better prepared than the last. So, cool!
Anyway, my new comp and I are working hard to find people that are interested in the gospel. We had a guy show up to church that met with the missionaries before. His name is Victor Power and we have had the chance to put a baptismal date with him and help him to overcome his habits of drinking and smoking. We also met a guy that was deported from the States after having done 25 years in jail for selling drugs. He stopped us as we were walking past his house on Sunday and told us that he wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon in English. So we went by the next day and explained to him what the book is and we invited him to church and to be baptized and he loved the idea so he said yes.
My companion is really new in the mission getting used to the mission is a process - ha and he only has been in the church for 2 years so he doesn’t know a ton about the scriptures and is learning to teach He’s just green (newbie) and has a lot to learn. But he’s willing and really has a testimony of the gospel and of the Church. He loves the Lord and wants to serve. Honestly, I’m grateful that I’m his comp now. I think that I can help him to learn just as I did when I was a greenie at the start of my mission. He´ll be my last companion and he will be able to teach me a lot, also.
I love how in the mission we always get to feel the influence of the Spirit and help others to feel it as well. If there are one or two things that I’ll miss of the mission, it’ll be the feelings I get and all of the fruit here!!! Haha. But, honestly I can say that in the mission I have felt as it says in Mosiah 28, 3-4 where the sons of Mosiah are preaching to the Lamanites… .
3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.
4 And thus did the Spirit of the Lord work upon them…..
I want others to be changed just as I have changed!!
ELDER MATT GRINER
Misión Santiago, RD