Monday, June 4, 2012

Week 16!

Hey Everyone,
         This week has been a roller coaster, but in the end, it has been a great blessing. Wednesday was transfers, and my trainer Elder Ditton left to another area after spending 6 months . You can imagine how I felt to know that I'd be leading an area just after one transfer in the mission. It was pretty hard to sleep that night. But it's all worked out. My new companion, Elder Cressman, is super awesome and super ambitious to help the area here in Lawndale. He's from Spanish Fork and has been here since December. He's Spanish is great and easily gets along with everyone we have met. Before he came, we was on BYU's track team as a high jumper, so it been fun talking about our experiences. Also Elder Cressman said that his dad served in Madrid Spain......hey wait so did my Dad. He said he served from 1981-83, the same time as Dad. Does the name Elder Dale Cressman sound familiar, Dad? Anyway, we are getting along great, but It's been difficult determining what to plan for the day especially because we no longer have a car. We've struggled a little bit on getting on time to appointments, but it's getting better. This week is exciting as we will be planning for Violeta's baptism, it will be a new experience for me, and I'm looking forward to it. She's been waiting a long time, at least 12 years, for her baptism as she's been trying to get divorced to her husband in Guatemala, so she get married to Sergio. After talking with the Stake President and President, they found out that if she has been separated from her husband for at least 10 years, she's permitted to marry another man legally in America. So she's going to be married on Friday and baptized by her 16 year old son Kevin on Sunday. It's a great miracle, and I'm just lucky to be here to witness it. We are also making a lot of progress with a group of investigators that live in the same apartment complex. We found them through a member in another ward that owns the apartment building. Long story short, we've found 3 investigators who want to get baptized. There's one guy especially, Enrique, who just understands everything we teach and understands the concept of receiving personal revelation. He knows that he needs to receive answer about the Book of Mormon directly from God through reading and praying. He's Golden! Anyway, we've made arrangements to teach the lessons to them individually, and come together every Saturday to read from the Book of Mormon. AHHH! I love it! I know that if we do our best to share the gospel, I know the the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to hear the gospel. I love the scripture in Matthew 16 where it says, " Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" I can testify that if we give ourselves  up to Him, we shall be given more than we can imagine. 

Os amo tanto!
Elder Marrott       

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