Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Disobedient Cacahuates (English translation. . .peanuts)

Well hello my friends and family, and anybody else who may be randomly reading this. :)

The Clark/Vance family team has continued to leave members and nonmembers alike stunned with mouths open as we've moved swiftly and powerfully. We've been trying ask the all the members we've eaten with for referrals, which is one way to show the members we're serious. We've also already gotten on the good side of President Perez, our Branch President, and he's told everybody we're great missionaries. I'm bragging about us, because there are definitely way better missionaries out there than I, like Elder Vance. But the branch likes us, and that's important.

So, to tell y'al about our district  So there are 7 of us, 4 Elders and 3 Sisters, and 4 of the 7 are brand new, all came out this last transfer. There is 2 new Elders and 2 new Sisters. I am by far the oldest in our district, making me district dad. Of the other trainers in the district, The Elder Astle has been at for a year and Sister Paepaetaata has only been out for 7 months. Wow, its weird. 

This week has been another great week. We saw a little miracle as we were trying to visit somebody we talked to earlier in the week. We were talking to the wife for a few minutes, and a car pulled up near by to drop somebody off next door, and then just waited there. When the lady we were talking to walked inside to get a phone number, the lady waiting in the car called out to us and asked to talk to us. When we finished talking on the porch, we went down and talked to her in the car. She asked, (in Spanish) how should she could get a "Mormon bible." Well, since we always carry copies of the Book of Mormon with us, I held one out and said, "here you go." She was confused at first because she thought we just used a different version of the bible, but we explained that we use the bible just like everybody else, but that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. She told us that her cousin was going to marry a Mormon, and wanted to learn more. We're going to teach her tonight. 

Elder Vance doesn't have the deer in the headlights look anymore, and is doing better at speaking during contacts and lessons we have. He's probably going to train 5 missionaries and be Zone Leader and Assistant to the President.

This Easter Sunday was good, and I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes as we learned about the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In Preach my Gospel (The missionary manual  it says "God’s whole purpose—His work and His glory—is to enable each of us to enjoy all His blessings."  I love that quote because it helps me remember how much God loves me, and that he has so many blessings to bestow on us." The atonement of Christ is so crucial and central in that plan. With out it, we wouldn't be able to receive the greatest gift and blessing, Eternal Life, because of our short comings. I'm grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, His love for me, and to represent Him for 2 years.

Thanks everybody!

Elder Clark   

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