Monday, May 25, 2015

Week 79 - May 25, 2015

Dear Mom,
What a week it has been.  We have been working hard on updating a ward list.  It hasn't been updated in three years so we are passing by pisos and calling people like crazy.  It's a long task but the Lord is blessing us as we fulfill the Bishop's assignment.  Because we have been so busy with the list we haven't had a lot of time to contact and continue finding but the Lord is blessing us for helping the ward and people have been coming up to us and we have still been receiving on average 3-4 references a day.  It's been solid and we are so happy and blessed.  The work is going great here.  The truth is it seems like the area isn't progressing but it is slowly coming along.  We are helping things come along in the ward and we are slowly finding some really good people.
Juan has been out of town for work but he has been giving Book of Mormons to his friends and his family and he is so excited about the gospel.  Still on pace for the 27th.
Lolo has kind of disappeared.  We can't find him like we always could in the park, so he is not going to get baptized the 6th but we will find him and work towards another fecha.
We are teaching two people from the Phillpines, Vilma and Vanesa.  They are both really nice and enjoy our visits.  They will be coming to church on Sunday for the first time!  We are working out the plans with them and we are super excited for them.
We have also found some other people that seem extremely ready, a man named Luis from Taiwan who read the Book of Mormon there in Taiwan and went to church there.  He has a lot of potential and, as well, we were asked to go bless and administer the sacrament to a lady who had just had heart surgery in the ward and when we got there her non-member son was there and after the sacrament we talked to him about the promise in Moroni and he said he would try it!   We will be meeting with him and his daughter on Saturday.  Their names are Julian and Kati.
Oh yeah!  We are staying together for Elder Cahoon's last transfer.  We are going to have an amazing transfer.  Today was super busy, we were at the train station the majority of the morning, running people around, including helping some members from Utah find their train, and then later coming back to pick up an Elder who missed his flight to the Canaries. He will be staying the night with us.  Wooh!  Love being in a trio, even if it's only for a day haha:)
I love you all.  Our Savior loves us and our Father is constantly desiring to bless us.  They are always there to sustain us. This week I really appreciated the words of the 5th verse to "How Firm a Foundation"

  1. When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
    My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
    The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
    Thy dross to consume, thy dross to consume,
    Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
Sometimes we are asked to go to through the refiners fire but through His grace, His everlasting power offered through the atonement, we can come forth as a beautiful product.  He is molding us.  I know that.  I'm not done, not even close to being done but I know the flame will not hurt me, simply shape me.  "Design me" as the hymn beautifully says.
How I love my Savior.  I love you all!!  Have an amazing week!!

Elder Jarrett Anderson

¡Hurah por Isreal!