MEINE WUNDERSCHOENE LEUTE!
What a GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE! Hasn't the Lord blessed us with SO MUCH?? We have SUCH WONDERFUL FAMILIES AND FRIENDS! We have this BEAUTIFUL AND PHENOMENAL EARTH on which we are so blessed to live. We have the privilege to be able to GO TO SCHOOL AND GET AN EDUCATION, whereas many countries in the world make huge sacrifices to be able to earn, literally EARN an education. We always have CLEAN WATER and COMFORTABLE BEDS. And if nothing else, we are blessed with LIFE, which is one of the greatest miracles of all time.
There is no shortage of blessings here on the earth, and he who is grateful in all things, the Lord will add onto his blessings willingly.
This week was good, as far as missionary work goes. You'd be surprised how much a man can learn (I'm finishing my first transfer this week), and you'd be surprised at how much a man can learn in a lifetime when he makes learning a lifelong goal.
We found an Argentinian boy who is here as an exchange student, and he is living with a family who is not in the Gospel. He asked us to come meet with him, which we gladly did. As we got there, he talked about how he decided to come here on an exchange program, and how he didn't think that living in a family who doesn't believe in the gospel would be a big deal, but in the past five months, he has noticed that he doesn't feel the Spirit as much, and he misses that. He misses the Spirit felt at church, and when in the presence of members and friends who help strengthen his faith. He missed the simple yet powerful teachings of the gospel, or the GOOD NEWS, of Jesus Christ that brought him so much peace and happiness in life that he didn't realize until it was all gone.
Family, friends, loved ones. We cannot let this life pass us by and not realize how much we have been given, and how blessed we are. It's the little things that make all the difference in life. I already talked a lot about that last week, though, but still a powerful reminder of how good our lives really are. How incredibly blessed we are.
Elder Hacking and I are also writing a song on the guitar about the gospel and Jesus Christ, that we will soon share with the world via Facebook to help people come unto Christ and feel of His love for them. So stay tuned.
I also drew a picture on a whiteboard in the church this week, while Elder Hacking was doing some Spanish study, and this picture is for me a testimony. The picture is of Mary walking into the tomb to find it empty, and to see the Angels sitting on Jesus laying place, testifying that he is Risen and Living, and that Mary was looking for the "living among the dead".
Loved ones, I testify that the Lord, Jesus Christ, lives, and that He overcame death, sin, and all manner of earthly trials to be able to succor His people. (Alma 7:11-13) I'll share a poem with you next week that I wrote, that expresses my profound love and grattitude for Jesus Christ and what He did for us.
Other than that, things are going well here. We found another Italian investigator from Catania, I believe, and He also said he grew up in the church and left, but now realizes how much he misses the moral basis and the blessings he received from the gospel.
I am so humbled by these people and these opportunities, and I am so grateful for all of you and all of your support.
I love you all so much, I miss you all, you are all a large part of me, and I hope you will all look for the Hand of God in your lives this week. He is there, we just have to be paying attention.
I leave you my testimony, that God loves us, He wants us to be happy, and He is doing everything He can to get us there. All we have to do is go to Him and ask Him to lead the way. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
P.S. I am still getting back to everyone, as usual. If you gave me your address, I have written most of your letters already, but the post was closed today, so it'll be a little bit before they get there. Just know that they're coming ;)