November 30, 2015

Hello Families and Friends,

By this time tomorrow, November will be gone and even though I didnt get to do anything for Thanksgiving, December means just one thing for us over here in Peru: La Navidad. Its Christmas time and we got our hands full with things to do.

As you can imagine, this time of year is when we as missionaries gotta go all out and step up our game because it is the best time of year to feel the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. All the world will be remembering his birth, and our job as missionaries is to show all the world why his birth was important, what he did, and what he can still do for us. The Church here has come out with a Christmas Initiative called “Ha Nacido Un Salvador”. It consists of a few small videos and pass along cards and our job is to spread this message like crazy. I think December will be fun for us.

Tomorrow, the 1st of December, the missionaries in our zone will be putting on a choir in the town center for all the public to see. Here in Paita, they annually put up a big Christmas tree with lights and everything and we have volunteered to offer up some musical numbers. I will be singing in Joy to the World and Angels we have Heard on High, and will be putting my violin to use in a musical number of It came Upon the Midnight Clear. Exciting stuff, we are hoping to get some good references.

An interesting thing happened to my companion and I today. We have been working with an investigator named Donald for awhile but recently have stopped visiting him since his progress had come to a halt and was almost never available to recieve the lessons. He also never has been able to commit to come to church. We have not seen him for weeks now, but my companion and I never stopped praying for him. Today, early in the morning we got a call from an unknown number and it was Donald. He said he needed to talk to us, and fast. He wanted us to come to his home in that very moment. I asked why and he said that he just needed to talk with us and that he felt that he wants and needs to go to church. I was honestly stunned. We havent heard a word from this man in weeks and then out of nowhere he just calls us up. Miracles do happen in this mission. I am positive that this was an answer to our prayers, and that perhaps God was testing us to see if we would lose faith in this brother. But we did not, and now we see the results.

A quote I had read recently from Pres. James E. Faust now comes to mind. “You can never count the amount of apples from a single seed”. I dont know how many seeds I have planted in these months I have been away, but I do know that each one has the potential to bear fruit, for the harvest is not ours, it is the Lords.

Elder Cruz

 

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