This week was Wonderful! Hermana Fuller and I are feeling the joy that comes only from seeing people apply the Atonement in their lives. I love watching the miracle of change. It is truly amazing to see the progress that comes when someone begins to apply the principles of the Gospel in their lives.
On Saturday we went to Jayanca (about an hour or so from Lambayeque) to invite some less active members to the Stake Conference. We were doing visits with President Monteza from the Stake Presidency, I haven´t had the opportunity to talk much with him, but in the short time he accompanied us on the visits, I learned so much. In the first home, the young father explained that he hasn't been to church in months because he is desperate for work so that he can feed his family. We invited him to the conference and promised that if He came to the conference he would be able to find suitable work. President Monteza testified of the Sabbath Day and the necessity to sanctify it. The young father broke into tears. His head hung down as he expressed his desire to renew his covenants but of the need to work because his young children beg him daily for food that he does not possess to give them. Tears also came to my eyes as I put myself in his place, those tears return now as I write about the experience. That father loves his family so much! He knows that God loves him and them. But as the father stated himself, he lacks the faith to put his needs into the Lord´s hands. As his tears continued to flow, his loving church leader moved to his side and embraced the crying father. President Monteza again testified of the blessings of the Sabbath, but now his words were filled with the power and Love of the Savior. What an amazing leader! That love that that Priesthood leader expressed for the young father filled again my eyes with tears. Not for the plight of the father and his family, but rather tears of hope. I could see the eternal perspective. I could see that food was not what this family lacked; rather they lacked a simple act of faith. The Lord blesses us in accordance with our obedience. I pray with all my heart that the young father was able to take that leap of faith and go to church. I know that God loves us. He knows us perfectly and he knows what we truly need. If we ask and act in faith, He will give us what we need. He Lives and He loves us.