|In front of Manaus Temple|
I know our Heavenly Father has the power to change hearts. He has changed mine. I'm constantly touched by the miracles he lets me be apart of. Because of His spirit, the mood of a house changed. A family contemplating separation because of religious beliefs changed because of the spirit of our lesson. I love this work. Love you all. Time is already up. :(
Hayley's group letter was short this week so I wanted to include a little of the personal letter she wrote to me. It includes a sweet story about Marcelo's parents. It cracks me up that she starts with DUDE. She is still 100% Hayley.
Dude, I forgot it was valentines day. Seriously, on the mission you don't follow a real world schedule. It is strange. It also doesn't help to be in a different country. This week was a good one. We didnt baptize this week, but that gave us more time to teach and focus on other people. We are constantly seeing miracles and I'm loving every minute of the mission. I feel it going by too fast and when people talk about the end I start getting emotional. Don't hate me if I decide to extend. It is something I'm going to start thinking a praying about.
Yeah little Marcelo was a good kid. His death was terrible, but miracles will come from it. I hurt most for his parents. They are such good good people. The most christ-like couple I have met on the mission. They walked a good 2 miles one night to do visits with us. And if we passed by during the day or night we couldnt leave their house without accepting water or eating something. They found the church through missionaries that stopped to drink water. At that time they had been looking for a church to join. They didnt like the other churches because they were all dancing and singing. The elders invited them to church, offered to walk with them there but Manuel (Marcelo's dad) refused and said "we will find it and we will be there". After the first sunday they felt the spirit so strong in the church. The were soon married and baptized. A year ago Manuel and Sandra were sealed without their children. All of their children are less active. I just can't help but think this will be the trial that changes things for them. But my heart aches for Sandra and Manuel. I printed pictures of Marcelo today to send to them. I want them to have every memory they can.
Sorry that ya'll have cabin fever. We should have a little vacation! Because lets be real. after the mission life will be speeding fast with school and work. We NEED something!