Monday, March 6, 2017

The Pastor and Priesthood Blessings

Wow, this week has FLOWN by. Seriously the shortest week of my mission. We had a great experience on Tuesday- we were contacting and ended up talking with a pastor from another church. At first we had no idea, and he invited us in, started teaching the restoration, when all of the sudden he blew up and started going off about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. So we figured out he was a pastor of this church and he had all these things to say about the Book of Mormon that were completely untrue. So we corrected him on a lot of our beliefs, and started showing him a few biblical scriptures talking about Christ giving authority to his disciples and how we must be called of God to teach and baptize and all. It was funny because he got stumped pretty good a few times, and now he wants a Book of Mormon. I love the last verse in John to help answer the doubt that there are no more scriptures than just the Bible. 
Anyways, we also found [...] this week, and talked about the Plan of Salvation. We came back another day and gave her a program to quit smoking. We read the first step with her, which is to destroy all cigarettes you have or give them to the missionaries. She was a little hesitant at first, but then gave us all her cigarettes to dispose of! She was a little worried we were going to sell them, but we promised her they were going in the trash haha.
We found a couple new investigators this week named [...] and [...]. We Taught them the restoration and it was really awesome! They even accepted an invitation to be baptized on April 15th! We were all out of Book of Mormon`s so went back after the zone conference on friday when we got more. When we got there, [...] was pretty emotional, based on something serious that had just happened in her family. We told her if she desired we could give her a Priesthood blessing because she was have a real hard time emotionally. She as very grateful and accepted. After the blessings we gave to her and her daughter, [...] said she felt a lot more peaceful and comforted. We were able to give each of them a Book of Mormon and talk a little about why is is so important for us. We are going to try and bring them to a Noche de Hogar tonight with the Peralta family.
We had a scary experience happen in front of us a few days ago. A car crashed into a girl on a motorcycle and we were on the sidewalk about 10 feet away :0. The girl was ok but her leg was really bloody and she surely broke something. But super scary, it was right in front of us. Luckily a ton of help was immediately there.
I met the assistant, the other Elder Layton at our zone conference on Friday. He is really cool. It turns out he isn't a direct descendant of Christopher Layton, but he thinks his ancestor was Christopher Layton`s nephew or something. Pretty cool though!
We also had an amazing experience on Saturday. Elder Raimundo and I decided to drop off a package that morning a missionary had sent to the Godoy family. When we got there, Marisel Godoy was very sick. Her sister, Vanessa, and her family were all out of town and her husband was at work. Marisel`s mom who recently moved in with them had been praying in the very moment that we came by that a Priesthood holder could come by to give Marisel a health blessing. She was in a lot of pain, and so we gave her a blessing. 
The next day in church Hermana Mongelot (Marisel`s mom) bore her testimony on the power of prayer, and how grateful she was for the Priesthood. It was really powerful. I feel so lucky and blessed to be a missionary and I know that the Lord knows each one. 
Everything is done in his wisdom, and I sometimes am amazed how God can work so many miracles through the hands of his children, despite our many imperfections. I love this Gospel with all of my heart. I know it is true. I am so grateful for the scriptures we have which give us strength, guidance, and comfort. The mission is amazing. God loves and guides us. I love you guys, and I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Elder Layton

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