Well, it has been a WEEK. Yesterday, about 15 of us illegals took a little trip to Ecuador. To leave the country, and then go back in. It was really fun. We took a plane to Tumbes, and then crossed in a bus. Got everything done, entered Peru again without a problem, and then spent some time goofing around and shopping. It was really hot and humid there in Tumbes, and there was GREEN. Lots of GREEN! we enjoyed ourselves immensely. So that is why I was not able to write yesterday. But I supposed you all might be used to me not writing a whole lot on mondays anyways now a days...
Something really cool happened last week. I wont be able to tell the whole story because it is long, and lots of description is required. So we were having our little chat with the investigator who wasnt taking out time seriously, and we were getting close to finishing, when a young man approached us (we were teaching on the porch) and asked if there was an open church nearby, that he needed to talk to someone. We were around the corner of the church, and we said that we represent the church around the corner. He didnt know, he just wanted a direction to look for a church. We asked for 5 seconds to finish our conversation with the investigator. After, we went to talk with the young man, called Jacob (that name is not common here) and we asked how could we help him. He said that his story is long, and if we had time. We decided to stat for a members house because it was late at night and cold. But we normally dont do that either. We started up, and he started to tell us things. That his heart was in turmoil, and had been for a long time. Said that he has tried to commit suicide many times, but not successful, for many reasons. Said that he had been praying, praying to find someone, to know God. And that if he didnt, that same night, would really end his life. (that part he told us the next day). We learned (when we were in the house of the member) that he lives in the street, he doesnt have a home, doesnt have family. His parents passed away years ago, and he has NO IDEA where any of his siblings are. He was put in an orphanage when he was 6 years old, and when he was 15 he left. He was robbed of everything he owned about 2-3 weeks ago. He came walking from a province up north, and doesnt sleep during the night, just walks. The next day when we went to visit him, he said that during the night, he gave everything to God, all of the pain in his heart and soul to God. He looked more peaceful. He was able to experience the atonement of Jesus Christ. The member where we had taken him to teach, let him sleep in their house, and are helping him find work. He is spending a lot of time with the brother of the member, and the family loves him. He has a family here now, and he is going to be baptized the 21 of June.
Thats a little miracle that we are living here in Peru right now. One day I will be able to tell you more and more extensively about this young man. Oh, I forgot to tell you, his birthday was this past tuesday, the day after we met him.
I am still changing. I guess I could say that I am a miracle as well. I am learning how to put all of my trust in the Lord, and that everything will work out. I would like to share a few scriptures, for the family. The first is in D&C 123:17. And the other is in D&C 58:1-4. These are scriptures that an elder shared with me yesterday, and it is something that is helping me a lot at this time, and I am sure that it can help you guys as well. Remember to put your trust in God, he has a plan for each and everyone one of you. Although you may not see the blessings now, or it appears that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, put your hand in Gods, and he will lead you through the darkness.
I cant believe there are only 6 fast sundays left... wow. Time flies, its true. Sometimes I want it to go by faster, but sometimes I want it to go by slower, but im content at the speed we are going.
Thank you for all of your support, I appreciate it a lot, it is well needed here!
Love you so very much!
Love Always and Forever,