Dear Family and Friends,
I’m loving Trelew! It’s nice and cool, there’s not as much wind, the streets are mostly made of cement, and they are trees! It’s so beautiful!
Things are going pretty well here. We’ve got a lot of potential from what I can see, we just need to unlock it. We’ve got several investigators who are just missing a little bit, and several less actives that if they come back to church their children will be able to be baptized. We just need to find the way that the gospel can touch their lives and help them make the sacred covenants that they so dearly need. And then, we’re out looking for other people to teach too, and we’re going to find them! They’re out there, we just need to go get them:)
For instance, we found one, or more like she kind of found us this week:) Her name is Florencia, and she’s the 19-year-old daughter of an inactive family that we’ve been working with. We’ve mostly been focusing on her parents, but out of the blue we received a text from her dad telling us that she had taken his Book of Mormon and was reading it in her spare time, and that she had expressed her desire to serve a mission! And she’s not even a member! So we’ll be working with her to help her to be act upon those feelings that she’s been feeling before they drift away into nothingness!
We also had Stake Conference this week, and I’d like to share the story that a young man shared with us that really impressed me. He said that about a month ago, one of his friends had her 15th birthday party (for girls in Latin America, your 15th birthday is the most important and everybody celebrates it like crazy). So he went to her party and everything was going well until about 3 AM, when they started pullng out the alcohol and the whole mood of the party changed. He said that he felt really uncomfortable and didn’t know what to do. He had his hands in his pockets, and felt a piece of paper inside. When he pulled it out, he realized that it was a piece of paper that he had received in a Family Home Evening, and as he read it, he felt that he should leave, and so he did. As he was walking home, he said he felt nervous and very lonely, so he decided that he would quote the Scripture Mastery Scriptures from Seminary. And when he finished, he started singing his favorite hymn (Abide with Me, I believe) and said that as he did so, he could feel the testimony that God really is there in every circumstance for us. We just have to have the faith that he is ready and willing to answer our prayers and reward our sacrifices. We all need to be like that Young Man, applying every day what we learn and living the gospel in every aspect of our lives!
This church is true, and God’s hand is in this work, the work of salvation! And we are all a part of it, be it the work of the temple, or the work of missionaries, we need to do it, and we need to do it all! There are souls to be saved, and we have the only way to save them!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin