I'm thrilled to hear that everything is going well for the family. . But life seems to move on in Utah, and it continues pushing forward in the DR.
This past week we had a impact on the weather from Hurricane Sandi. Not as bad as the US, but lots and lots of rain. I was soaked from head to toe for about 3 days, as we walked around the area. Not gonna lie, it was actually really, really fun! I've never enjoyed getting soaked in October before, but here....not too bad! I hope things continue to calm down and the damage can we taken care of now in New York.
Something really interesting happened last week with a less active member. This member, Josphina, has a really strong testimony and loves to share the gospel, but has been inactive almost all her life as a member. She is a heavy smoker and felt unworthy to attend church. We sat and visited with her and her husband and let her share what she has been feeling and such. We then shared our testimonies about the power of the Atonement to change oneself and sat in a moment of silence. Then Josphina asked for a Priesthood blessing to help her quit smoking. So thus ends part one...
Part two! We stopped by Sunday afternoon, after guess what? Church!! Josphina attend church!!!! She then told us that after we gave her a blessing a few days before, she had lost all desire and urge to smoke. Even the thought made her feel sick! How awesome is this! Her faith is amazing!!! She had the faith to be healed from a blessing, and because of her faith, it happened!! I feel like this a a huge blessing for her, and the branch because she keeps saying, "Look out world, Josphina is back and sharing the gospel." It made me super happy!!
My testimony was strengthened by this experience with Josphina. I testify that Jesus Christ can help us change and become new creatures through his atoning sacrifice. He is our savior, lord, and king! My message to the world is that Heavenly Father loves us, and through his son, everything that is ever wrong in life is made right by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He lives! I know he lives! My calling is to carry his name and tell the world that God cares and Jesus Christ will ALWAYS be there! Never forget that!!! I know this church is his church and the work continues to roll forward even more rapidly then ever! Sister Douglas told me that our mission is increasing from 170 missionaries to 275 missionaries with about 40% as sisters. How can this work not be true? In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.