Monday, January 13, 2014

Acts 1:8

January 13, 2014

Hola mi queridos Hermanos y Hermanas!

Another fantastic week of working in the most choice part of the Lord's Vinyard! I have seen so many Miracles here in Samaría, I never want to leave! It is like Disneyland for Missionaries - The Happiest, Hottest, and Dustiest place on Earth! =) The best part is that we have big plans to cool off in the Baptismal font this month!

I have been having fun learning by trial and error to cook some of the native foods here. This week I cooked Fritos! After a few tries they turned out pretty darn delicious! Like the real deal! Fritos are like a bisquit type thing you eat with hot chocolate. It consists of egg, salt, and flour, and you quick fry it to perfection!

One treat we have been blessed to experience here is one day we went to teach my good friend Marco! We asked him how his Book Of Mormon reading is going, and he plesantly surprised us by showing that he has read more than 200 pages already. He is one spiritual giant of a 14 year old! We asked him if he has had the opportunity to pray and ask God if the Book is true. He told us that he has prayed and asked 5 times, and every time God has responed saying YES!

One miracle in specific I want to expound on is the story of Adelia y Celso:
Adelia Ticona was a referral from Roxana Ticona, a Sister who we baptized last month. We have taught her for about a month now, and she slowly but surely has come to accept the Book Of Mormon and started to read it. She has very strong roots with the Bible, and it was hard to help her even open the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ in addition to the Bible)
A challenge that we knew we would have to face down the road of her conversion is that she isn´t married yet, and is living with her Boyfriend and their 4 children. He works a lot, and we had never met him, and we were under the impression that he didn´t want anything to do with us. However, on Saturday the Lord blessed us with a grand miracle! We met, and taught the Boyfriend, Hno. Celso! We taught him the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon and he ate it up! The Spirit was so strong while we taught and testified. He truly seems to be a man of Gold! We invited them to come to church on Sunday, and they came and loved it! Hno. Celso really seems to be extremely preapared by God to recieve this message. I have great hope that he will grow in his testimony and in the near future they will be married and baptized! =)

The Lord's hand is ever so prevelant here in Samaría, and daily I am seeing Christ's promise to his Apostles in Acts 1:8 being fulfilled quite literally through my faithful service and reliance on the Spirit.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support and prayers! I love you all and I am one very happy, sweaty, and dusty servant of the Lord! =) Things couldn´t be better! The Gospel is True!

Élder Bender

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