Monday, September 28, 2015

Call It Miracle

Hey Everybody.

So.... It's hard to even know where to start.  First off, I want to begin by saying that the Lord is good.  This is His Work.  He always has a plan.  And... That plan, here is San Marcos, is finally in action. 

So... Let me explain by telling a story.

When we began in San Marcos, we had a regular attendance in church of about 11 people.  We had many investigators who never came to church and a ton of issues amongst the members.  We fought, taught and practically begged the people to act upon the truths of the restored gospel, but to little avail.

Then we started to ask Him for a little more help.

We thought that the miracle had come so many times, but every one led to disappointment and a hard wake-up call:  we're searching in all the wrong places.

So... We started asking harder for help.  I've never prayed so much in my life.... And I say this not to boast - I know that what He had in store didn't come because of me.  We just had to be ready to recieve it.

Our apartment has a guard - he's a sincere person.  As a sincere person, he was VERY sincere, in that he didn't want to know much about the church.  BUT, my companion was persistent.  At night, we would always talk to him for a little, sharing little parts of the message we bring.  Still, to little avail.

Then, we gave him a pamphlet of the Testimony of Joseph Smith.

The next day, he couldn't stop asking questions.  He wanted to know EVERYTHING about the apostasy and restoration and everything else we could possibly give.  He started reading the Book of Mormon, and started to open up about true doubts - and then came a really big question.

'Could we share all this with your family?'

And then followed an even bigger question, followed by a bigger answer, followed by the biggest weeks of any of our lives:

'Are you and your wife married?'

'No.   ......  But should we be?'

The past few weeks have been some of the busiest of my life - and, my dear friends and family, I have some big announcements.

Number 1:
Elder Espinoza and I have officially married the family.  They were married last Friday, and that set the course for the next 2 announcements....

Number 2:
This family was baptized on Saturday, and confirmed on Sunday.  I had the priviledge of baptizing the husband and confirming the wife, and my companion had the blessing of baptizing the wife and confirming the husband.  San Marcos welcomes two new members and their beautiful 5 year old daughter - and San Marcos, since they made the decision to get married and get baptized, has lead to the activation of several members, and we now have a regular church attendance of 20 people.  God has big plans for this area, guys.


Number 3:
This family has set the plans to go to the temple in one year - and have asked that my companion and I be present at their sealing.  I doubt there are blessings bigger than that. And to be a part of it, is.... A dream.

So, my beloved friends and family, what can we do from here?

Well, I suppose we can call it a Miracle.

But I think it's just the Work of God - He does things like this every day.  We just have to learn to see them.

I love you all.  Thank you for your support.  We have big plans....  And I'll keep you updated.  Thank you for your patience and for your prayers - it was well worth it.

Elder Kristian Huff

Song of the Week:  Time of your Life, Green Day.  Dedicated to the Newlyweds. <3


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