This week was another great one. Seeing the hand of the Lord everyday and the power of the Savior´s Atonement touch the lives of the people has helped me grow as a person. Last Saturday we got a call from an old investigador that we didn´t know. When we got to the area, he didn´t want more so we never got to know him. But he called us and told us that he needed some help. We ran (literally ran haha) over to his house and he was moving from his apartment to another in Cerri. We helped him move his furniture and put it in his new apartment. Afterwards we invited him to the activity that night in the Church and to Church the next day. He came to both. We´ve been teaching him these past few days and we had an awesome experience yesterday. As we were teaching him, he started opening up and telling us about weaknesses and needs that he had. It was incredible to me that he trusted two young boys from the U.S., that he hardly even knows, to share these personal problems with. We were able to listen and then share some of our own experiences with Book of Mormon scriptures on how the Atonement has changed our lives. When we are humble like Nestor (the investigador) and we have desires to change, this is when the Atonement has the strongest affect in our lives because it can change us. There isn´t any weakness in this life that is too big to be changes. I´m a walking testimony of that principle. It was incredible to feel the Atonement take a little place in the life of Nestor. I know as he keeps using the Atonement, he will be able to change completely.
Leaving that lesson full of the Spirit, we visited Rita (who came to Church this past week) and she began talking to us of the difficulties of having a husband in wheelchairs. Domingo, who has been in a wheelchair for quite a time now, told Rita that morning that he didn´t want to live any longer and didn´t have any more hope. A scripture popped into my head and the Spirit forced me to share it. We shared with Rita and Domingo Moroni 7:41.
Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ
and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal,
and this because of your faith in him according to the promise."
I had to scream the scripture because Domingo can´t hear very well, but when I finished, he was nodding his head and he said, "pray for me so that I wake up tomorrow." That response told me that he definitely felt the Spirit. What a great example of enduring to the end.
The atonement has the power to change us, clean us, and then strengthen us in the righteous path to our Heavenly Father. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers because they have truly strengthened me.
Love Elder Bosco II
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The Branch Activity for Alexis