Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Sweet Roller-Coaster & Gospel Blesses Families..... 8-26-14

Hey Hey HEY!!! Well this past week has been one sweet roller-coaster in almost every aspect.  From investigators to the weather! But I'm so grateful for what I have been given and for things that I get to keep learning. So first off, last week it actually got pretty hot and reminded of how much I hated the heat in Rivera. It was supposedly the heat before a huge storm that they have here every year the last couple weeks of August and the beginning of September. It was in the forecast to arrive last Thursday but it just stayed warm for a few days and I started to really doubt that it would come. We took advantage of the good weather though with more people outside and a different buzz in the air- I like that buzz. :) 

Needless to say the storm hit!  So it turns out that Sunday it came in and it was just little sprinkles at first, but then Monday was a different story! There was a ton of wind and it just looked nasty. Monday night we were walking home in a down pour and wind throwing the rain into our face. Sparks were flying from the power lines that were blowing. I honestly thought at first that someone was shooting flares. It was quite the arrival and is still here at its finest!

So we got quiet the surprise this week from one of the investigators we have had for awhile, Matias Rios. He sent us a text and wanted to talk to us in the church when he got back from work. We met up with him there and even before we could start talking he was already telling us that he has split up from his girl friend because he wants and feels that baptism is the best thing for him to do!! I couldn't believe it. I just sat there smiling for 20 minutes and that whole night I just kept telling Elder Abel how happy I was. I believe he started to think that I took something:)  Matias Rios is set up to get baptized with his mom on the 6th of September. He has been coming to church for a long time, and received the answer that this is what he needs to do! His mom is an investigator of the Hermanas here and the two are incredible! The Gospel blesses families. It is an Eternal Truth of the Gospel. 

We also met a really nice guy who has difficulty speaking because he had a stroke and is just barely starting to speak again. It was amazing to see his gratefulness to the Lord for saving him and blessing him with the miracles he is seeing in his own life. It was hard for him to really grasp the message, but he said we can come back! Hopefully the Lord keeps blessing him. 

Now onto Heber and Gladys. Gladys is progressing so rapidly and has already invited practically everyone to her baptism! Her and Heber went Friday with Matias Rios to the Throwback Dance at the Stake Center and loved it! Saturday Gladys went with us to the Stake Conference Adult Session, and it was weird to see Heber not wanting to go. Gladys enjoyed it and was excited to go to the next session Sunday morning. The sad news came though... We showed up Sunday morning and Gladys said that Heber had tried to commit suicide during the night. I couldn't believe it. He has just had so many trials and the Schizophrenia hit. We are trying to do everything we can to help him get out of this depression and trust in the Lord, but it hasn't been easy and it won't be easy. He ended up being okay though and Gladys still went Sunday morning. She has a lot of faith and trust in the Lord.

We had a Satellite Transmission and Elder Bednar talked to All of Uruguay and Paraguay! That part was amazing (like he always is) and we all left with a different perspective of Christ and the importance of Repentance. I know that he lives and His Atonement has already paid for every single one of our sins if we will just have faith in Him and ask for that forgiveness with a change of heart. 2 Nephi 31: 13. This church is true, and I have been feeling that testimony grow more and more in me. I know that Christ will come and I want to be part of those ready to receive Him. This is His church and gives us the Fullness of how we can prepare. Love you all and have a great week!
                       ELDER Devashrayee
p.s. Monday was Independence Day for Uruguay, so our schedule changed this week and P-Day is today.
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