Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

Hola Familia!!!
Wow what a great General Conference, eh!? The speakers were all so powerful. I got to listen to it in English so I understood what they said. I can’t wait to have the copy in the Liahona to read and mark. I really enjoyed what D. Todd. Christofferson said about the scriptures and about faith and how faith is formed when the Holy Ghost tells your spirit when something is true ¨Spirit to spirit¨ and it was really cool to hear of the new church project to design one, big, grand family tree! That will be a lot of work. Well, as of right now in the Book of Mormon, I am on Moroni chapter 7.
We had a great baptism with the girl Zulma (we thought it was Sulma). She is deaf and can’t read. She has such a strong testimony. Her family helped us teach because she can only read lips in Guarani. But the uncle who did the confirmation only said the church of Jesus Christ, not the full name of the church. I have to say that I did not feel that special feeling when someone receives the Holy Ghost. But yesterday when we re-did it, it was so powerful!!! And I was thinking, she believed that after her baptism that she would be able to hear again. Her physical ears we're not opened but her spiritual ears were. A person who can't hear anything of the world, who can only hear the whisperings of the spirit is truly a person who is not deaf. truly a person who can hear. It truly was a Miracle.
Something weird happened this week. We were walking with our ward mission leader. He was working with us that day and a lady contacted us in broken English asking us if we spoke in English. We said yes and she told us to go talk to her son who didn’t believe in Christ. He has lived in the States for most of his life and 5 years in Paraguay. So we invited him to General Conference, and talked about how he was doing. Apparently he was baptized a year ago and had the Priesthood Melchezidik (sorry for the spelling) but he was going through some hard times. So we invited him to General Conference but he never showed and his phone didn’t work. But after the lesson we left him with a prayer in English. It was kind of weird. I felt more comfortable talking to him in Spanish! Haha. But it kinda sucks because we haven’t heard back from him since. They have a small home in our area but live in San Lorenzo a good hour away.
Well I tried to take out money with the Visa but it didn’t work so that is probably what happened. And good thing too because I almost took out too much by accident. Because the monetary system here is different. Sister Wade called me last week about your letter and we are working on it. But I am not worried. I will be calling to the numbers after Zone Conference either this week or next week. I don’t have my Visa Card on me right now so I can’t send the numbers and I won’t be able to send them till next week. I will call Sister Wade and have her email them to you. But she told me that if I run out of money or need some or something like that, they can help me.
Also I am still with Élder Hanchett. Going in to our third change! So we are ready to take our area by storm!
Wow I am feeling good after listening to a prophet’s voice I love the Book of Mormon and the Bible. They are written by the power of God. I love my Saviour and everything he has done for me. The words of what the Prophet said yesterday still ring in my mind. ¡HE IS RISEN¡ !HE HAS WON! ¡MAN IS FREE!
Thank you for your love and your support. You are the best family in the world. I love you guys so much!!
With love.
Élder Lucas Rodgers

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