Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Letter #27: "The best week of the mission..." Los Brilliantes, Guatemala

well hello again

this week was DOPE!!! i would say that this would have been the best week of the mission if we would have had a baptism but even without it it was still freaking awesome!!!! so you might be wondering why was this week so wonderful and ill now let you know haha. so without a doubt the highlight of the week was friday.  on this day we woke up early and went to a city called mazate.  we went there with our zone and 2 others and there we had a conference with President Amado (first quorom of the 70 and district president) he spoke to us about just about every gospel topic imaginable for almost 7 HOURS!!!! while he spoke a bunch to us it hardly felt like any time because we were enjoying so much!!!! one thing that he kept repeating was ¨dont stop praying missionaries dont ever stop praying¨  it was very interesting to hear this from a general authority that the thing that he counseled us to do the most was pray.  every time he said that it seemed that he had run into a dead end in what he was saying and then after saying that and a brief silence he always had something else to say.  as i have thought about his advice to always pray i have thought of a couple examples of powerful prayers i would like to share with you all today.  earlier in the week we were with one of our converts.  we were planning on going over the restoration with him.  we asked him to say the opening prayer. he began praying very very simply as he is still learning how to do it.  during his prayer there was a long silence, then with tears running down his face he asked for blessings for a very sick family member.  while the prayer was simple the spirit was so powerful and it was a prayer that i am sure God heard and answered.  two of my other favorite examples of powerful prayers come from the book of mormon. the first is in enos.  here are the scriptures:
 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the ajoy of the saints, bsunk deep into my heart.
 And my soul ahungered; and I bkneeled down before my Maker, and I ccried unto him in mighty dprayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
 And there came a avoice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins arebforgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
the other is the king of the lamanites and here is his prayer:
 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck aas if he were dead.
i would encourge all of you to continue praying always, and to try and find prayers more heartfelt.  length does not matter, but your feelings toward God and those that you are praying for does.

well that is about all i got for this week.  just have to throw in a shout out to my boys in blue for their win over louisville this week!!! have a happy thanksgiving and i am truly grateful for all of you that write me and read my letters.


elder meyer