I cannot believe how quickly the time passes here. This week we dedicated lots of our time to contacting references from members and knocking doors. Without a doubt, references are much more effective. Plus the members love to help out when we are teaching their friends. It is so great to see the members really get involved in the work of salvation. There is a special joy that comes from sharing the Gospel with others. Our testimonies are very dear to us, but I know that when we share them, with all the sincerity of our hearts, the message will touch the hearts of others. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and am so grateful for the guidance it brings to my life. I hope that all of you can also feel the peace that the gospel brings, live according to what you believe, and share that testimony and love with others. This week the branch president asked us to visit with an elderly gentleman who, due to his health, is unable to come to church on Sundays. Hermana Jennifer and I stopped by one evening to visit, and we arrived just in time to celebrate his 80th birthday. It was fantastic. Before the family fiesta started we sang his favorite hymn as a birthday gift. He was so happy to have us there and we enjoyed the opportunity to visit with his daughters. They each are of different religions but we had a pleasant conversation about the gospel. And of course we enjoyed the cake and inca kola!
Also this week there was a national holiday, all of our plans fell through, so we were wandering the streets of Monsefu and found ourselves at the door of a family who hasn't been coming to church in a while. We knocked on the door and were blessed to find almost the entire family there. They were surprised by our visit but graciously let us enter. We had a great lesson with the family. I love these moments when really we feel that we are guided by the Lord to find his children who are straying from his paths. I know that God loves all of his children and I hope that we all can reach out to those around us and help them to feel the love of God in their lives.
I love you all. Pray always and Trust in the Lord.