Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two miracles

I want to share two miracles that happened this week.

The first has to do with James 5:16-18 : The prayer of a righteous man availeth much - even more so when a whole stake prays together! We have been passing through a drought in our city - it's been months since it rained. The city has discussed rationing water, and the water had already been shut off a few times during the week. Last week, all the members of the Church in Nanuque were invited to fast on Saturday, asking the Lord to send rain. After lunch my companion and I opened our fast together. Elder Garcia then shut all the windows in our house - he said we needed to show our faith that God would send rain! When we woke up on Sunday morning, it was cool and cloudy - the usual bright sun was nowhere to be found. It had rained! And continued to rain throughout the day. Truly a miracle!

The other experience is related to Mosiah 5:2 - that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the workings of the Holy Ghost, people can be changed. I received a call from one of my missionary friends in another city this week; he had been teaching one of my recent converts. He said that as they reviewed with her what is the meaning of a testimony, she realized that as she had been listening to the talks of this last general conference, she had felt a deep feeling of peace - a feeling that the Church is really true, and that she no longer wanted to do anything contrary to God's divine will. She wants to "do good continually", just as the scriptures explain. 

What a wonderful thing to be able to see the marvelous works of the Lord! I know that He lives, and that through His Atonement all mankind may be saved - but only through obedience to the laws and ordinances of His Eternal Gospel. Sometimes to gain our own testimony, God wants us  to act and show our faith.

Please pray for Fábia, Felipe, Pedro, and Maria! They are working towards being baptized this Saturday.

much love

Elder Eric Olsen


Unfortunately, this week nothing too special happened!

A few interesting nuggets: this week one missionary from our house was emergency transferred, so it looks like we'll be in a trio for 3 more weeks! hahaha its weird. I mean I like it but at the same time, as my comp said, "someone knocks on your door and when you go to see who it is there's 3 random dudes just standing there." hahahahah. But its an experience.

Also our ward reached 91 people at sacrament meeting this week, which has grown a lot since we got here! Not that it's all thanks to us, but I would like to think that we helped a little bit :) haha. 

Unfortunately, a lot of our investigators are falling through. I'm sure that H.F. is preparing people to hear the gospel, we just have to find them!

But I miss you all very much, and thanks for all the prayers. Love y'all!


Elder Olsen

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