Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been crazy! We had hot weather where I wanted to just die and was sweating up a storm (I think it was about 70°:)) and it snowed! So that was weird. And then Tuesday afternoon we had to travel to Rio Gallegos for interviews with President Rogers on Wednesday, and then we got back to Calafate at 1:30 in the morning on Thursday. But my comp had to stay behind to get himself legal so he came the next day at the same time! So I was tired! Then, the next night, the assistants called and told us that they were arriving that morning at the same hour! Fortunately I avoided that bullet because the next day they had planned to do divisions with the other elders first so we didn’t have to go get them.:)
We had a really cool experience last Tuesday, one that doesn’t happen very often and one that you can definitely see God’s hand guiding. On Tuesday in the morning before we went to Gallegos, we decided to go out contacting. The part that wasn’t so fun about that is that it was snowing, quite a bit, which was really weird. So we were contacting on one street and everybody was opening up and all of them inviting us to come back, but in the good way, not the “get off my porch” way. So we were feeling pretty happy about that. Then we knocked one door and a lady opened up and said “Chicos, come in, come in!” I looked at my comp and he looked at me, kind of unsure of what to do, because it’s not very often that we’ve gotten into houses here in Calafate, and because we didn’t even have to say anything, she just invited us to come in. So we went in, and started talking to her a little bit, and found out that she had no idea who we were or what we were doing, but because it was cold outside she had mercy and let us in. She told us that she is agnostic (but then later that she believes in God a little bit, which was kind of weird). So we kept on talking to her and she kept on making references to the fact that she was sick, so we pressed it gently and found out that she has fibromyalgia, to which my comp replied, “I had that too.” She kind of looked at him funny and said “You had it? You don’t have it anymore?” He replied in the affirmative and she asked how, and he started recounting his story of what had happened and that his dad had given him a blessing to be healed and that after that, he was healed. She was like “Can you call your dad and ask him to give me blessing?” So we then explained priesthood authority and that we had it. She got really excited that and asked us to bless her. So we talked a little bit about faith in God and Jesus Christ, and she said, “Yes, I believe that I can be healed.” So we gave her a blessing and the Spirit was super, super strong, and when we finished she was choking on tears and ran to the bathroom so we wouldn’t see her cry. When she came out, she came out thanking us. So we talked a little bit longer and then had to leave. Then, on Saturday, we passed by her house again and she let us in and asked us for another blessing, because she felt so good when we gave it to her. We then explained that for a blessing of healing, you only give it once, and then you have to let your faith to work. Then we started explaining who Jesus Christ was, because she didn’t know who he was, and how he had suffered for her, and that when we have faith in him, blessings come. She then told us that she wanted to have more faith, so we left her with a pamphlet (we didn’t have time to explain the Book of Mormon because she had to leave really fast) and asked her to pray and ask for more faith. We’ll see where that takes us. But it’s been a really different and cool experience working with someone who has not known God nor their Savior. She might have had her first spiritual experience of her life when we gave her blessing, and that was so cool. She felt Him, and she felt Him strong. The priesthood is real, and the power of it as well, we just have to help her increase her faith so the blessing can take full effect!
I hope that you all have a wonderfully fantastic week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
I loved the quote that came with these pictures “Don’t worry I didn’t do anything dangerous to get these pictures!”
These dogs made me laugh. Check out the snow! A late spring storm!