Sunday, April 6, 2014

This week has been awesome! But lets be honest, EVERY WEEK IS AWESOME OUT HERE!  I am so pumped to be in this ward again serving with Elder Owen. Last change we were getting to know the area, the members, the bishop and hiscounselors, the stake, etc, and now this change we are going on all cylinders. We have been a lot more organized in planning, diligent in the streets, and effective teaching.

The families we are still teaching are doing well. They are still having a hard time getting to church. It seems like Sunday is the day where everything begins to break down in the lives of our investigators. Claudia, the mom in the familia Machado, went into convulsions and lost part of her memory Sunday morning. Her husband said that it happens about once a month, sometimes more, sometimes less. She is just really sick and life is really difficult sometimes. But she and her family are doing so awesome. They are reading everyday, praying everyday, they have accepted the Word of Wisdom and are now living free of alcohol and coffee. They fully accepted the law of chastity and had a great testimony of things that have happened in their past lives that have helped them to embrace that law. 

Adriana is still doing well. She is really busy with her baby and has trouble feeling the Spirit in the lessons because she is constantly worried about her daughter running around in the house. We are bringing over the primary president and relief society president now every time we go so that they can help with that. We have been focusing a ton on the Book of Mormon lately with her. Every time we go, we try to read short passages and really meditate on what it says and how we can apply it in our lives. It’s so hard when you know that this book has the power to change her life, and she could be so much happier and feel the Spirit so much stronger as she reads and applies what she is learning, and she wont do it. I wish we could just go over there everyday to read 5 minutes with her but we can’t. We have been praying for a way we can help her. We feel really strongly about General Conference that is coming up! So we are going to do everything we can this week to get her there, a long with everyone else! I can’t believe that it is already here! Whoop Whoop! 

Alex is a stud. He reads everyday and is doing great with his prayers. The last time we went over to his house he had some friends over but he still invited us in. He turned off the TV and we sat down and had a great lesson. At the end of the lesson we go to say the closing prayer and he looks at us and asks "is it alright if we kneel?" MAN THIS KID IS SUCH A STUD! he gave the closing prayer, kneeling and praying for what he really needed in his life. He is such a great example for his family and for his friends. 

We were a little bit frustrated this week when they didn’t come to church but that just means we have to work a little harder to help them understand the importance of the Sabbath Day. And with conference this week, we are going to be working even harder. It’s like the Super Bowl for the missionaries jaja. We are going to be pushing so hard so that they are all there so that they can partake of the instruction we are going to receive and the Spirit will be felt there. It will bless each and every one of them as I know it will bless each and every once of us who go. There is nothing more important this Saturday and Sunday than Conference. 

This week i would just like to invite you to begin preparing to listen to the prophets and apostles, men called of God to speak His words, give His counsel, men called to be special witnesses of the Savior and of His loving Heavenly Father and to bless the lives of all who listen with a spirit of prayer and fasting. I encourage you to dig into your scriptures, read past conference talks, get spiritually ready to learn what God would have us do in these last days. 

I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that he holds all the keys to the priesthood power of God. I know that there are 12 men called of God to be His witness. I know that this church is true. I know that prayers are answered. I know that there is power in a testimony, no importa how small or simple it may be. Yo se' que hoy es el día!

I love you all so much! Thank you for all the support that you constantly give me. 

Lets all try a little bit harder to be a little bit better this week! Go out and share your testimony with at least one person this week!

With all the love in my heart, 
Elder Staffieri  

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