Monday, January 19, 2015
You make me so proud. I love reading your stories and hear of your experiences. I makes me happy to hear that you are so aware of the needs of others. You, I and every single one of us remember what it was like to be a 6th grader. It wasn't that much fun and if a 6th grader doesn't have many friends it makes it even worse. Savannah, the Lord is always trusting US as members of the church to help and watch over his children. You being a example to your new friend and being and being so nice to her is like saying to Heavenly Father "It's alright, I got this one, you don't need to worry about her. I'll take care of her! Don't You Worry, Heavenly Father. You can count on me to be her companion!" Savannah, people like her are nothing less than a child of God who has the potential to become a Heavenly Mother someday. Did you know that, Savannah? That exaltation means becoming like our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, even Heavenly Fathers and Heavenly Mothers like them? When I have a hard time teaching people (because I don't want to listen to them or they don't want to listen to me) I try to think of them as if they accepted the gospel, were faithful all throughout their life, and had made it to become like their Heavenly Father. It changes our patience level with people. It makes us stop and think just a little bit longer about WHO we are talking to.
I love to hear that you are helping her. That makes me so proud of you.
Maybe you should think about inviting her to one of the next Young Women activities... Can you imagine if she met all of the awesome young women and then felt like she really had a group that loved her and where she was welcome? Don't be afraid to invite her. If you don't know what to say, ask the missionaries to help you. The next time the missionaries are over, ask them if they can help you practice inviting her to an activity... It might help.
Savannah, I love you very much. I am so excited for your birthday in 2 days and hope that your enjoy not having your birthday on a Sunday! ;)
Happy Birthday Savannah!
Love you very much!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This week was tough... Elder Purser is leaving the offices to be a Zone Leader in San Pedro de Jujuy. He'll probably end his mission there.
Elder Mann from Murray Utah is the new financial secretary of the mission. He has 4 months in the mission. He's awesome. I'm really excited to work with him in the offices and teach alongside him in the área. He's 18 years old... I'm about to turn 21... Oh I remember the days of juventud and the mentality of a young one... Older and Wiser now I am excited to be taught by him.
I have fallen in love with our backyard. It has a huge grape vine. I moved a table outside and 6 chairs under the grape vine and we eat grapes and spit the seeds as we plan every night in the house.
I about had to hold Elder Purser down in a lesson yesterday. On a scale of 1 - 10 Elder Purser don't have much patience... and I don't blame him... We were teaching a guy named Mauro. Golden! He uses his head when we're teaching him, Listens and Responds to the questions we ask him, but one problem... He loves his Catholic Church... He loves it so much... We were teaching him about Joseph Smith and he just laid it all out for us.
"I am really glad you guys came over and shared this message with me. I know the Book of Mormon is true, but I'm never ever going to change my religion."
Receiving this question from Heaven, I asked him: "If God himself came down from the Heavens and said 'Mauro you need to change religions and change your life' Would you do it?"
He responded (this is not a lie) "...um.....well...no... I really love my church. No, I wouldn't change."
Elder Purser's eyes about shot out of his head. Elder Purser is like a big bear. Elder Purser then asked him in a very tense and elevated tone "You think you are bigger then God?!" Well in English he said "You think you are you better than God!" Geez... I couldn't really believe Mauro's answer... I don't get how BLIND people can be at times to the things of God.... Ugh...... my patience is really tried when people don't open their eyes. It's so hard to see people being lead by the hand of Satan... It breaks my heart and makes Elder Purser want to punch Satan in the face when the sons and daughters of God are so easily mislead....
Well. That's about all to report this week.
Traslados are this weekend. 13 leave and 12 are headed in. I love the nuevitos... I love love love it.
Elder Purser se va, voy extrañar ese oso.
Siguen adelante con su fe puesta firmemente en el futuro y no en el pasado.
Watch this video. It's a good one:
Look Not behind Thee
Look Not behind Thee
Love you all very much,
Monday, January 5, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to take that video and send it to me. I loved it. Felt like I was sitting right next to Harley and Bowen.
Thank you for making me feel loved and apart of the family this Christmas. I loved hearing from the girls their "gifts" that they gave to other people this year.
I wanted to be a part of the giving this year too... Elder Purser and I bought water melons (they are kind of expensive so most people don't buy them) and gave them to some families in our ward. I loved setting it down in front of their house and then clapping and running around the corner.
Service is the best. I love it.
Enjoy Utah and send my love to the Williams Family and all the Gibbs whom I miss very much.
Elder Devin G. Hampton