Monday, March 30, 2015

March 23, 2015

Loved ones,

My St. Patrick's Day was super fun. Elder Nebeker and I both wore our green ties, and went out to lunch with a Recent Convert to a huge Mexican restaurant in Downtown. It was in 'El Mercado" or "The Market". A very large outdoor shopping area in San Antonio. A lot of fun.
The rest of the day was a blast also! Taught a World War 2 veteran about the Restoration. Took a young Priest out with us to prepare for his mission, and had a great visit with a family who lost their father, but are very strong in the gospel.
Good day!

Danny Cavasos:
We taught Danny more this week, and he is doing so well! As we taught the principles and ordinances of the gospel (Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End) he kept saying that it all made perfect sense. "I know this is true. I just know it."
Just last night, we taught him the Plan of Salvation, and he loved it! We taught him at a member's home (the Welch's) and they get along very well. It answered a lot of big questions he has had, and he wants to get baptized! He said the closing prayer at the end of the lesson and said something like, "thank you for showing me your restored Church, and please help me prepare for my baptism". Awesome!
We just need Danny and Tulsy to get legally married now, because they live together, and then he'll be baptized! So, that's what we are working on. Please keep them in y'alls prayers.

This last Friday was so great. We were able to go to the Temple in the morning hours to help clean. Wow, if only everyone could start their day in the Temple, the world would be a MUCH better place. Even though we were just cleaning, there was still such great peace and love in the Temple. It truly is the House of the Lord. We should all make Temple attendance a priority in our lives..."Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult to receive those blessings. There are never too many miles to travel, too many obstacles to overcome, or too much discomfort to endure" (President Thomas S. Monson)
That evening we had dinner with a great family, the Navarro's. Both of the parents have been baptized within the last year, (and are getting sealed to each other soon). They also have two twin sons, who are 18. The sons have not been baptized, and have never before shown interest in the Church, or to the missionaries. For the first time, the boys came out and spent time with the missionaries. We talked about their interests, and how everything is going in their lives. Once they opened up a little more to us, we had a great conversation. 
As dinner was ending I asked, "what questions do you still have about religion?"
One of the boys responded, "can you tell me more about Joseph Smith?"
We explained the Joseph Smith story, and the restoration of the Gospel. We then talked about the modern-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson and that really caught their attention. We decided to watch his testimony, his "Special Witness of Christ" on

As the video was coming to a close, President Monson bore his testimony of the divinity of the Savior and the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith. That testimony seemed to shake the whole house, and everyone felt it. My soul was energized, and tears came to my eyes as the Holy Ghost witnessed the truthfulness of his words.
The video ended, and we all sat in silence for what seemed for a few moments until one of the sons, whose eyes were still glued to the screen, said, "...woah..."

Both of the sons came to Church on Sunday, and we are now teaching them :)

I truly know that Thomas S. Monson is God's oracle on the earth. He is the one man who holds and exercises all Priesthood keys God has given to man. Those keys were restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
The Savior lives, and is the Head of His Church. To be wise, is to be an active member of His Church. To be foolish, is to focus on anything else.

I love y'all,
-Elder Giles

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