Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Friday, May 25, 2012

President is in Huaraz...

The President and I are on Splits.
He is in Huaraz having interviews and a Zone Conference.
This is a great group of missionaries.
Elders:  Armstrong, Terry, Urete, Beazer, Brito, Castillo, Contreras,
Cruz, Hoyos, Hurley, Massey, Minaya, Vanden Bosch, Young
Hermanas:  Oliveros and Pillco
Zone Leaders:  Brito and Hurley

I am in Trujillo working with the office Elders and taking turns in the clinic.

I love when the President tells me stories that he either reads in the letters each week
or they tell him stories in the interviews to tell me.

Here are a few that I remember...

One of our Elders who is leaving us very soon 
received the letter with his release date on it.
But the release date was typed in wrong 
and it said that he would be released in December...
seven months later than when he was supposed to leave.
He wrote back to the President
and told him that he was honored to stay the extra time
but could we please let his family know
 that his mission has been extended.

There was never a question if he would stay.
He was happy to do so and didn't skip a beat.

I am sure that his family is thrilled that it was a typo.
But this is the kind of missionaries we get to work with 
every single day.
Diligent, Obedient, Spiritual...
They know what is truly important.
They would give everything and anything if they were asked.

Another one of my favorite stories...

One of our missionaries father passed away when he was ten years old.
He has had many dreams when his father has
appeared to him to tell him that it was time to serve a mission,
and to remind him that he is in the right place and more. 
I put this story on my blog awhile back.  
But his most recent was the other night
when his father was in his dream and told him 
to read Alma 7:22-23.
He said that he was looking it up in his Book of Mormon
and he was shuffling through the pages and couldn't
find it.... he was panicking
and this woke him up...
He ran to his Book of Mormon
and looked up the scripture.
It was exactly what he needed at this time.
This is what it says...

 22 And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him, that ye may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.
 23 And now I would that ye should be ahumble, and bebsubmissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
I love these tender mercies!
And another sweet story...
A couple of our Elders were just leaving the home of one of their appointments that didn't show up.  They were frustrated but not going to let that stop them from finding others. They started to walk down the main road.  They passed a young man working construction going up and down a ladder to the second floor.  They said hello but didn't want to bother him as he was working.  They walked down the street a ways and one of the Elders stopped and said we need to go back to that man.  He had a strong impression and was not going to ignore it.  They went back and introduced themselves.  He was very happy they returned.  This man had also felt something when they passed him and he was wondering what they had that was so special. Now... this man and his sweet family are taking the lessons.  They have felt the spirit and are making progress towards a whole family baptism.  
The Lord will guide and direct us but we have to listen and follow the promptings immediately.  It would be very easy to explain away those feelings but if we are going to make a difference and be an instrument...
We Follow the Promptings Immediately.
These stories happen every day around here by the dozens. 
 I am just going to start posting a few more of them.