Impromptu Speaking

Wow, that sounds like it was a pretty powerful temple dedication! I have had the opportunity to go to 2 temple dedications here and it is always a powerful spiritual experience. I really liked listening to their talks in Spanish too, because in the temple dedications they do live translations so you can hear it first in English and then again in Spanish. It´s kind of cool like that. That sounds like an awesome missionary experience Mom! I think I might end up doing the same thing and translating my Spanish scriptures when I get home too haha! I’ve gotten fairly attached to them after carrying them around and reading them all the time for nearly 2 years! I feel like it´s going to be more difficult to use the scriptures in English. Well, I had an interesting experience on Sunday. I was sitting in sacrament meeting and after the first 2 speakers, a sister from my ward, and my companion, there was still about 20 minutes left before we were supposed to sing the closing hymn. So I looked up at the stand and the second counselor looked at me and pointed at the pulpit haha! Well, I was more than happy to take up the whole rest of the time I guess, because I had been studying kind of a cool topic that week about “sleeping during the atonement”. I thought it was interesting to read the accounts of when Jesus went to pray and he came back three times to find that His disciples were sleeping during the most important moment in the history of the world. I think we can learn a good lesson from that. Also, the profet Lehi tells his rebellious sons to “wake up” 4 times in 2 Nefi 1. In Alma 5:7, the people of Limhi “woke up concerning the things of God”. Something to think about. One of my favorite moments during my talk is when I asked everyone to think of ways they might be sleeping during the atonement. I gave them a couple examples like playing on electronic devices during sacrament meeting. (When I said that one I noticed one young man who immediately turned of his cell phone and looked up haha!) Anyway, we had a good week. We did exchanges twice and found a ton of people to teach! Ismael, Fabiola, and Angel all went to church this week, so we had a few people there. On Sunday morning, we got ready for church super fast so that we could make it all the way over to Ismael’s house and take him to church with us, and we had a member go get Fabiola. Anyway, we had some really cool experiences and were able to find 12 new investigators and 4 more yesterday! We are super excited about them and I don’t really have time to tell you about all of them, but there have been some really cool people coming out of the wood works! There have been many miracles this week, and most of them have come from opening our mouths to talk to people. One in particular was a man named Pedro that we contacted in the street while going to contact a reference. We gave him a card and explained a bit about the Easter iniciative and then he looked at us for a second and started crying and said that God must have sent us because he was struggling with some severe financial problems and needed something to anchor him. We passed by to teach him and his family and showed them how to pray. A few days later we went back and he was a lot better and had been praying and reading his Book of Mormon. He said that he will be baptized when he knows that it´s true. On Sunday we had the opportunity to teach most of his immediate and extended family, so that was kind of cool! I love you lots, I love the work of salvation, and I’m very happy and excited to be a missionary! I hope you have an awesome week!

Love,

Elder Black

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