Dear Family, 20 June 2013
The people we are finding and teaching have had their prejudices up until recently, but for some reason they now want to know what we’re all about and hear the truth as we present it, rather than sit back and think whatever.
We are teaching VICTOR POWER haha, as I told you last week. He is progressing very well studying and praying by himself! When we go by his house, all of his neighbors look at us (him and us) funny (like most Dominicans they are always outside sitting in the street chatting). But to him it doesn’t matter what other people think. Right in front of everyone, he comes up to us and talks, gives hugs and invites us into his house. He went to church on Sunday, and met all of the members and says he feels so good while at church. He has stopped drinking and smoking and is getting ready for baptism! It’s incredible what the gospel does for people when they act on it in faith.
I finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish for the fifth time in my mission. It felt like it was the first time through with all I learned this time. I owe my life to the Book of Mormon. I honestly know that the church is true! I have put the promise to the test (Moroni 10:3-5). I feel the truthfulness of that book. I always thought Joseph Smith’s story was a little fantastic ,i.e., seeing God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, visions, angels appearing, and sacred golden plates. But, when it all comes down to it, IT’S TRUE! It’s incredible what the gospel does for a missionary when they act on it in faith.
Elder Holland said, no bad man could write the Book of Mormon and no good man would unless he was inspired by God to do so!
I invite all of my family and friends to read the Book of Mormon as soon as possible. IT’S AMAZING! It’ll be incredible what the gospel can do for people when they act on it in faith.
We have been teaching a couple for a while now. They need to get married to be able to be baptized and become part of the Lord’s church. We have just about run out of things to teach to them. So we decided to go and get the marriage papers and bring them to this couple. So tomorrow we will present that to them as we teach the law of chastity. I hope they will be able to understand the importance of marriage! We are planning to fast for them to help them with their decision.
Many of my past companions phoned me these last few days. They have finished their missions and wonder how I’m doing and to tell me what they are doing in their lives. From our conversations and just the unknown, the outside world (outside of my missionary life bubble) SCARES me. Ha. But we´ll see what happens in the future. mientras tanto (meanwhile) I’m here on my mission and I love it !!!!
ELDER MATT GRINER
Misión Santiago, RD