This past week we had lots of good things happen in the Level Creek.
We definitely worked hard and diligent and had lots of success in the good work for others. We were able to have successful exchanges with the elders in the Suwannee Ward. I went to their area with Elder Thompson, from Layton, UT, serving now for 13 months. Being able to get to work with missionaries again is quite the experience. We had a good exchange and had lessons with many recent converts to the church.
I really learned and was reminded for myself the importance of really giving your heart and might to the lord. It's amazing that when we do those things we grow from it and benefit others just the same. Last week was filled with many other good lessons, we are still teaching Corey from Chicago. He desires to be baptized and we are working for the fifth of September. He's such a great guy, and has a very humble and upbeat personality. Helping and serving them is going really good.
Kate and her son Daniel are doing good too, they are so spot on for the gospel and really try to live it. We were over at their home on Saturday with the Wernli family for lunch. She had BBQ wings, corn, and shish kebab shrimp. Daniel is just the coolest, we connect really well which is funny cause in the past he had been very very shy with missionaries and new people. He now calls me "black bunny" because he is the "white bunny"🐰. Kids do say the darnedest things. Kate too is very giving and reminds me so much of Kayla Crawford from FB, and makes me really see that true followers are those who give.
After church yesterday, Kate came up to us and said that Daniel and her had talked and he and her would like to be baptized on his birthday at the end of this month. They're now for sure for that date, and keep them in your prayers that all may will go well. As for Jose Cruz, his finger is slowly healing from the bite last week. He hasn't gone to the hospital but drilled a hole in his finger to try to relieve pressure, I think it kind of co-relates to how we are trying to drill the gospel into him to relieve him at the spiritual pressure that he's receiving. He was able to come to different members homes and experience the fullness of testimonies from members, which most of the time is lots stronger than those of the missionaries, as well as Mormon messages which we know once we watch one we can't help but watch another. Lots of good things continue to happen as we see gods hands really play the role in our lives.
A scripture before parting: Luke 6: 47-49
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
I found when thinking of the steams as the fountain of living waters or to say the real pure love of Christ in his eternal realm of happiness, if we do not prepare and listen and do the actions Christ has demonstrated and taught us, those endlessly flowing steams of mercy unavoidably drown us at first touch. We will not be able to bear the passion and love of Christ if we do not know what it feels like now and our foundation will be a ruin and fallen one. I can remember as a child I hated the very thought of getting wet, but this I promise you is nothing but the greatest splash zone in the universe.
Thanks for all you guys do and hope to continue to hear how life goes and the changes you see with gods hands working more in your life.