Monday, December 23, 2013

"Hot Potato" teaching, Saving the Fruit of His Vineyard, and Merry CHRISTmas everyone! 12/23/13

Christmas Spirit is in the air!!! I keep hearing Christmas songs in English and I just bust out singing them on the street!! Haha and the other thing in the air is definitely the heat! It is cooking me but at least I'm not the only one that is sweating badly. 

This week has been a little slower because of so many people leaving for summer vacation with school getting out a week ago. It has been rough with people not wanting to talk to us during the `Siesta` time because to battle the heat they just sleep. But we have still been going out with confidence in the Lord. Yesterday was such a great example of how things might not go how we have them planned but the Lord always blesses. 

So we had Church and fewer people than normal went but the talks were great and as missionaries, us and the Hermanas, sang Silent Night "Noche de Paz" for the Rama!  It went really well and was a great experience for us. After we had our normal lunch we left to go to our lessons and visits. For 3 hours straight nobody answered their door. We were dying of thirst so we went back to our house to drink some water and think of what else we could do. 

We decided to call the President of our Rama, who is also a missionary with his wife, to see if he could go with us during the later hours to visit some people. He said yes so we went to the Church to wait for him. He showed up and then a member showed up who needed to talk to him real quick so he told us to wait for a sec and then he would go with us. It ended up being an hour and we really only had time to visit one family. Well that is where the Lord definitely blessed us and them. We showed up and a single mother of 6 kids was in their house. We talked outside and got to know them better. We soon found out that they hadn't been to church for 5 years because of problems that had passed earlier and HAD "0" desire to return. That desire changed and her heart was softened. We talked about how the Salvation really is personal and we can't stay offended for what others did and lose those blessings that are waiting for each of us. The Spirit was so strong. By the end of what really was a 3 person "hot potato" testimony meeting she said that she wanted to go back to church with her family! I know the Lord was aware of our efforts and waited until the end of what seemed like a "fruitless" day to bless us with the opportunity to visit this family that truly needed us. 

We truly are working in the Lord's vineyard and He is with us. I know that His Spirit and Love is with each and every one of us. We are called of God and a living Prophet to serve in these last days! Jacob 5:60, for the end truly is happening right now and we are the ones that He has called to work diligently and with faith to save all the Fruit in His Vineyard. I know that He lives and that His life was a perfect one for us to follow. He truly is our Savior and I am so grateful for His life that He lived and gave out of pure love for us and Our Heavenly Father. His Atonement is real and truly blesses us all with the opportunity to become better and live with our families at the Foot of our Father again!! Love this work and this time of year we have to remember Christ in everything we do! Have a great Christmas and BE GOOD! Don't want Santa to be giving coal!! haha :) Love you all!!
                                     ELDER Devashrayee

photos updated in the Carmelo link :)  For our Christmas Pday - our Mission President let us go to a movie - we went to Despicable Me 2.... weird watching it in Spanish.  We also went to the beach, we both wished we could go swimming, but we will be back to do that!

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