Que tal? Buenos dias!
What a beautiful day. The sun is shining. Good things are happening. There is work to do!
Well, this is officially my last full week of service as a full time missionary. I will have another opportunity to write to you all next Monday, and then I will be home on Wednesday.
I will spare you all from the heart felt details until that time comes! This upcoming week is stacked with lots of people to see and lots of work to do. I cherish every moment.
Incredible news! Hermano Eddy Pagán passed his baptismal interview on Sunday and will be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ this coming Saturday. I am incredibly excited for him, and he even asked if I would be willing to baptize him.
As my friend Edward Leon D____ would say,
"God is good. All the time."
- (a man that we met and passed off to the English Elders, from the South)
Many other great things happened this week, I wish that I could write them all to you! The bottom line is that nothing will ever be able to fully describe what has taken place each day in my mission. God's hand is in the details of our lives.
One experience that calls my attention was on an exchange with the English Elders. We accidentally turned down a completely wrong road on our way to our apartment to have dinner. Elder Western, who was driving, said, "Why did I do that?" My response was, "I don't know, but I see someone walking over there, let's go!" We jumped out of the car and met Marissa. Miracle. She is currently staying at a domestic abuse rehabilitation center for women and she just happened to be outside and willing to let us talk with her. There is no other way we would have been able to meet her becuase the Rehab center is closed to male visitors and hidden from the main road. She told us how she feels like her relationship with God has been lost. She was more than willing to set something up in order to have the Sister missionaries return and visit her - she wants to get all of the women at the Rehab involved.
I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is aware of the needs of His children. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve and experience here in Illinois and witness His tender mercies.
I am indebted to Him for everything good in my life, and somehow He just keeps on giving.
Follow that example this week! Look for opportunities to GIVE! of yourself, your services, your time, your talents.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself
Los quiero mucho! Que les vaya muy bien!
1 Chess (No Shame)
2 Foto from my Birthday that a member took awhile back
3 Foto of Elder Gubler's Bday with the same family