This week was really interesting! To start off this Wednesday we had a family Ward evening in the chapel talking about talents! So, we ended up having a talent show. Elder Villasanti and I sang a couple songs! Other members danced the national dance of Chile, danced salsa, or recited poetry. Other brought some delicious food to share stating their talent as a chef. I have to admit, everything EXCEPT baking, the people here make great food. THEY CAN’T MAKE A COOKIE to save their lives.... I think we’re going to have an activity one week just to teach everyone how to make real cookies.
Angi, the young woman who found us by going to English class came to church this week and is completing her commitments to read the Book of Mormon. Her mom is supportive but also a possible point of conflict. We are prayerfully going forward. Please keep them in your prayers.
We went back and saw Sandra Tapia again, had a really powerful lesson on the Atonement and the Restoration. At the end she felt inspired to ask her mother if she wanted a priesthood blessing because she’d been having nightmares. So we gave her mother a blessing. While Elder Villasanti was giving the blessing, we each had a very powerful experience. Each of us felt a strong negative presence that did not want to leave. Elder Villasanti closed the blessing by saying the Hermana would be blessed that the bad spirits in her mind and body would leave instantly and that the Spirit of the Lord would be with her. At the end of the prayer, we all felt peace and tranquility. I know this Gospel is true. Experiencing the power of God blessing others when blessed by one ordained with His priesthood, is a life altering experience that I will hold true throughout my life. There was definitely something there that did not want to leave, but with God only good will dwell.
This week we have another visit with Elvis planned. We’re really busy and staying that way. There’s lots of stuff to do here in the Ward. But were working hard and really trying to focus on the spirituality and not just numbers or statistics. The Ward seems more unified now, or at least less divided. We are all moving in the right direction.
Recently finished reading King Benjamen’s speach. That dude was wicked smart. I would invite everyone to read Mosiah 1-4 with the question of "what is it that Mormon’s believe?" These verses says it all.
Have a great week. Please keep our ward in your prayers and Vayan con Dios :)
Elder Villasanti and I sharing our talents