Hello family and friends!
No I haven’t been transferred to San Clemente, but I am there right now because Elder Gonzales and I recently finished our adventures at Mundo Marino. (Basically like Sea World except in Spanish and smaller, but hey it’s the biggest in all of South America). We had a lot of fun and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect after a very rainy weekend. Seeing as it is very late in the afternoon and we’ve got to get back to our area to work I am very short on time, but here are a couple things that happened this week.
This week I had my first really bad experience with a contentious Evangelist who we found last Sunday. Last week we had a nice chat with them and left them the challenge to read a chapter from the Book of Mormon and to pray to see if it is true, which they accepted. This week we went back to follow up and see how it went to find out that he didn’t read, and that he had made a decision. At this point he started going off about how the Bible is the only word of God, that it doesn’t talk about the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith in the Bible, and how we are following Satan by believing... stuff like that. Basically it was really sad to see how he reacted to the whole situation and wouldn’t listen to anything we had to say. We bore our testimonies the best we could and left. I’ve thought a lot about this experience since then because there were so many things I wanted to say to him to try to "prove him wrong". But I am glad that we did what we did because the Spirit can’t be present when there is contention. As members of the church we aren’t here to PROVE that the Book of Mormon is true, but rather to bear testimony and invite others to act for themselves to obtain the same testimony that can only come through the power of the Holy Ghost.
On a lighter note, we also had some successes this week. We found an awesome family of 5 who you might even call "Golden". The father told us he has rejected the missionaries several times before, but lately he has been realizing more and more that something is missing in his life. He has a great relationship and desire to strengthen his family and was very receptive to our message and I think he recognizes how it can bless his family. We actually came in contact with his family because a member in our ward invited his kids to church one Sunday, where we were able to talk with them
and set a time to pass by their house. Missionary work is so much more effective when the members are helping to find families!
Hope you all have a great week and a fantastic Valentines Day! (Also, you all can celebrate my 6 month mark with me this Friday by writing me a letter! YAY!)
Elder Ian Wheelhouse