Subject: Well here was the sun ... wow it's winter and sunny in Oregon Now!
Well family, I have no herniated discs and I am still in lots of pain. I should have gotten a call from a specialist and haven't.
So this week was not hugely exciting. We are spending most our time finding. We spent 12.25 hours tracting and talking to people on the street, so that was cool. We found 12 potentials adn narrowed it down to 8 and one of them Elder B----- and I feel pretty strongly that she will be willing to listen to our message. She is looking for the answers to some of her questions and we gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon. We hope to go back on Tuesday to teach her about the Holy Ghost and how it helps ratify the decisions we make in life. We are praying for the best and do feel like she will find the answers she needs.
Other than that were pretty much busy on finding the Elect. We are sure they are out there, we just need to find them! I love ya! I hope all is well!
Elder Christian James Delis
Hermana Kate Delis
Subject: Mom, you're obviously the one one the far right (I sent my babes a photo that a girl friend of mine sent me a couple of weeks ago from my baptism Open House.)
First, I think my new date for coming home is August 1st or maybe the 2nd. So I get to party with the birthday-havers! WOO!
This week was awesome. So so cool. :) We worked our bums off--in all senses: hard work outside in the semi-cold weather, emotionally, spiritually, mentally--everything was hard. BUT WE SAW SO MANY COOL THINGS THIS WEEK!!
1. M----'S PRAYER: We are teaching O----- D------, and M---- is her 8 year old son. O----- was at home one day while we were knocking and she let us in to chat. She's a single mom and she's worried about her kids. You know, the usual. :) We talked, and she just liked listening. SO we came back. And then again. :) We've taught her daughter Ivett who doesn't believe in God, and O----- is reading the Book of Mormon and praying. She is doing so well, family. She just reads it, loves it, and listens. She keeps her commitments. She's just a really good good person. And she we went to an appointment with her on Tuesday and taught the plan of salvation rapid-fire style and gave her a verse to read, pray about, and think about. She said she would. :) And then we asked her son M---- to say the prayer at the end. He was shy, and we talked about how easy it is to talk to God. He was quiet and then said, "okay, I think I have one thing to say." So he started to pray and asked that he could have a dad again. He just started to cry. O----- and her husband are seperateed. So he finished the prayer, and Hna C----- and I had tears in our eyes! It was so sincere and so sweet. I will forever remember looking at him and promising him that God heard him, and that He always does. After we talked about prayer with M----, O----- started to cry. It was so so powerful. :)
2. THE MIRACLE THAT IS U----- L----: So right after O-----, we had this appointment with a man named U-----. He is a hero. :) He lives way far away from where most of our investigators and all of our members live and he lives alone, both of which make it hard for us to visit him. But the night before during planning we just knew we had to find him at 8 the next day. I remember thinking that night, "I don't even know why we are planning this like this"--it justseemed irresponisble. But as soon as I tought that, I remembered something one of the missionaries in the district I'm in said: "if you want to have more faith, do things that require faith." So that's what we decided to do. That night we had dinner with a member and we asked if by any chance she could come with us to our appointment. She said maybe, but then asked Han Bernal (a member that is living with her) if she wanted to go. Hna B----- said sure. :) At this point, we didnt' even have an appointment with U-----, but we had one with O----- right before, so we figured if U----- couldn't, at least O----- would get to meet on of the members in the branch. So she came, and on the way we called U-----. He didn't answer. But then he called us back before the appointment with O-----! And he said that he was just thinking about us, and was hoping he could meet with us soon. We said "that's so great, we were thinking the SAME THING! We'll be over in an hour." :) And so there we were and hour later. :) And guess what! He's reading the Book of Mormon! And guess what else! He believes the message we bring as missionaries is what he's been waiting for for a long time. :) AND Guess what else!! He's totally right. We feel so blessed to be working with him. He is a pretty happy guy. Just a few things are missing. And he is going to feel the cleansing power of the atonement very very soon. Ohhh, I just get so excited about things like this. :) IT was a big miracle that day. And my faith DID grow. What's the best is that Ulises' faith is growing too.
3. HNA B----- THE MISSIONARY: The member who came to these appointments with us got up and bore her testimony about missionary work yesterday. She said that she felt the Spirit so strongly as she went out with us, that she knows this is the work of the Lord, and that ALL the members should go out with the missionaries. :) We asked her bare her testimony after the lessons we had, and she just looked at us and started to laugh and say "I'm not promising anything." She's kind of shy. :) Then when she started her testimony, she just started to bawl and say that she had to come up at tell the congregation about the Spirit she felt wit hthe missionaries. It ROCKED. The members are getting so involved in the work right now, and it's just been fantastic. MEMBERS CARRY THE MISSIONARY WORK. Can you believe that? I just didn't get that before the mission. The longer I'm out, the more I'm learning how to be a good MEMBER missionary, haha. My calling will end, but I will forever be a missionary. I LOVE this work so much. :)
Okay, way way way out of time, haha. Love you lots and I hope your week is great!