Monday, March 6, 2017

Missionaries always willing to help

I have taken thousands of pictures during our time in Bolivia, but this is definitely one of my favorites -- Elder  C from Ecuador (who recently finished his mission) carrying a handicapped man up the stairs from the Hospedaje to the Temple. He saw a need and instantly offered service. ( Presidente Hansen)

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

A little story

I was just filing some paperwork from our missionaries that just arrived. I read a note from President Hansen on one of the missionaries information papers that said "he came on his mission so his family would be blessed." These young missionaries have such faith.

I thought I would share a story of the blessings that come to missionaries. There are many, and the time table of the Lord is different for each missionary. This is a story of Elder F.

A year before Elder F started his mission his brother died. This tragedy was extremely hard on his family. The father even left home for a while to live with one of Elder F´s brothers. Elder F and his mom were the only members of the church when Elder F. decided he wanted to serve a mission. His father told him that if he left the family to serve a mission he would no longer consider him his son.

Well, Elder F had a testimony of the gospel and a lot of faith. He submitted his papers,and he was called to serve in Cochabamba. Shortly after arriving he had impression he needed to do the temple work for his brother who had passed away. President Hansen gave him special permission to complete that temple work and Elder F felt a sense of peace when it was completed. A few months later he heard that his father had begun attending church, then the news that his father was taking the missionary lessons, and then the amazing news that his father had been baptized. The family was back together. A year later Elder F learned that his parents had been sealed in the temple. He went home this week to be embraced by his forever family.