A glimpse into the life of a Mormon missionary (Elder Creer) as he serves a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He began serving in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission- Spanish speaking. On July 1, 2012, he was transferred to a new mission- the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission.

Friday, June 8, 2012

They had a one legged hamster that we played with...

Hola Familia! On Saturday I was doing exchanges with Elder Rasmussen. We worked hard all day long, like seriously all day long! We had very little success. All day--hard work, little success--Something that would probably decrease faith right? But we said a prayer and asked God to give us a miracle because we had done everything possible. D&C 82:10.. So at 8:30 we got a miracle. We met this family of 5 and they let us right in the door. Then they all sat together willing to have us. So we thought that they were golden and prepared because that doesn't happen very often. So we started getting to know them and they had a one legged hamster that we played with, it bit Elder Rasmussen hahaha...and then the mom was making some kind of craft on the floor that looked like angels so we asked her what she was making and she told us that she was making the decorations for her kids confirmation in the catholic church. They explained to us how they were really involved in the Catholic Church and they loved it, basically. Once again something that would probably decrease faith right? We decided to have a lesson anyways, after silently praying we taught the Doctrine of Baptism and the Restoration. At one point of the lesson I saw the mother's eyes. You could see the peace in her eyes and at the same time we were feeling the Holy Ghost so we helped her recognize it and the rest of the family too. When we told them "what you are feeling right now is the Holy Ghost"..The mom just shook her head up and down kinda fast and the dad was just saying "si, si si si"..and the kids agreed too. So then we invited them to be baptized and they all agreed and the dad said again, "si si si si"...so they will be getting baptized in July! We asked the teenage daughter what she felt like she learned or what she felt during the lesson. She told us that she felt like she could trust in God now and that He loved her...we left the lesson with the Spirit and it was perfect! Then we went to our next appointment and the lady just looked at us and said that the previous night she realized she was living in sin because she wasn't married, so she asked when she could get married so she could be doing what God wants..She is getting married this week and she will be getting baptized later as well. So we had these 2 miracles back to back and our Faith was higher than the mountains! I gave a talk on Sunday and told both of these stories. My talk was about faith. I first talked about the Book of Mormon story of Nephi when he had to build the ship. I made 3 points. First he believed, then he acted (praying for guidance) and third he had adversity from Satan. I talked about how after he got through the first three steps he was rewarded and he got to the promised land on his completed ship and overall his faith was strengthened. So then I told the stories I just told you of Saturday about how I saw the same three things and saw the end result also. I then invited everyone in the congregation to ponder about what their "ship" is that they need to build to increase their faith. So you can do the same if you want' think of your "ship" you need to build and then rely on God to build it and your faith will be strengthened!! I didn't write one word of notes and gave the whole thing in Spanish for 15 minutes. Everyone said my Spanish was super good compared to when I got here. We also had a baptism for the grandma with J's this week. It was cool to baptize an 80 year old! She said she had been going to church for 20 years but never wanted to get baptized until now! Well I gotta go, Go Build your Ship! Siempre Cree, Elder Creer

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