Saturday, July 22, 2017

EMAIL... Week 55

Hola All!
We're sitting in the church waiting for the attorney to come to marry a pair of investigators so they can get baptized today. Nica Standard Time...I may be able to complete this before we start. With most people having to walk distances, we are often a bit behind schedule. Elder K does start church on time, whether we have 10 or a full house...as people usually trickle in right before the Sacrament. This is a special baptism, not only because it's for our branch and the man is the son of one of our favorite couples that we visit every week, but all 4 sets of missionaries we work with are here. This district is really good to support each other. There are 2 others here who will be baptized next week.
I had a sweet experience during my scripture study this week. As I was reading in Mosiah 24:15, I was reminded of the importance of submitting cheerfully and with patience to the will of the Lord. Since we only have a tiny perspective of the big picture, part of this earth life experience is to trust the Lord in everything! We need to always do the small and simple things, obey the commandments, and have faith in our Heavenly Father and Savior that all will work out for our good, if we are doing our best! These thoughts and reminders have brought me great peace and a greater level of energy and commitment to doing my very best, no matter what is going on around me. I have witnessed earthly angels taking care of things I can't control or help with here and especially at home. Thank you to you precious angels in my life. You'll never fully realize how much I appreciate and love you for your loving and kind deeds!
We love the people we are serving here! They are like a great sleeping giant, slowly learning who they really are and of the amazing potential we each have. They are learning of the great love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior, Jesus Christ. They are learning that Their commandments are to help and bless us, and are exact and refining. They are learning the importance of families and that we can be together forever as families through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, obedience to the commandments, repentance when we sin and make mistakes, service to others and in the church, covenants in the temple, and enduring well to the end. I love feeling the powerful spirit witness of the truthfulness of these concepts we teach. I love the powerful spirit that helps them want to have all of the blessings Heavenly Father has for each one of us, based on our obedience and the grace of our Savior.
The marriage was good, and they are both dressing for baptism. Life is good! We love serving here!
We are sooooo blessed! Have a wonderful week!
We love you all!

Elder and Hermana Koelliker

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