Letter #9

Dear Family and Friends,

This has been an incredibly interesting week. We’ve met some crazy people. I’ve been out for a while, and wanted to share the two most important things I’ve learned on my mission.

1. The Holy Ghost. You have to have the Holy Ghost with you always! I didn’t realize how important, and how wonderful it was to have that with you at all times! In your letter you mentioned that story about the missionary who served in Brazil and was stabbed. One of my teachers at the MTC served as assistant to the president in that mission and knew her and told me about it in class.

Yesterday, we were biking in a part of town, and the Spirit told me to get out of there now. It didn’t look more dangerous than other parts of town. But that has probably been the loudest I’ve ever heard the Spirit. Usually it’s just whispers and feelings, and often strong whispers and feelings. But this was like a voice. So we hightailed it out of there, and as soon as we went a block away, I felt a lot better. It’s not just for safety though. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about this entire week. Everything we do as missionaries relies on the Holy Ghost. Without it, our message does not get across.

Also, in the Bible, I don’t understand everything, but it mentions how before Christ left, he promised to give them a comforter, the Spirit to be with them. Now the apostles could have the gift of the
Holy Ghost, it could be with them always, instead of merely having the power of it. And that made such a difference in their life and abilities. Their faith didn’t waver as it had before and they served until death. They wouldn’t deny like they had done previously.

2. Our Heavenly Father knows us personally. He has a plan for each of us. My testimony of this was definitely strengthened in this whole visa waiting process, and there’s been time after time here that I’ve known that I need to be here at this time. But he knows each one of us. On Friday, in the evening, we had had three straight lessons fall through, and we were disappointed as they were solid appointments and we were really excited for the people, and were planning to commit one to a baptismal date. We had over an hour, and we had nothing planned, because we thought we’d be teaching. So we left the house of the last person who wasn’t home at that time, and previously they had been there every scheduled time, and we started riding down the road, and went less than a block before seeing someone.

We say our usual “Buenas noches,” and then go to talk to them. It turns out, right when we said that, they had been praying to God for help. Their children had been asking religious questions to her that she couldn’t answer and she was looking for the right church, as she didn’t like the others. And then we show up. We taught her, and she testified to us that she knew we were messengers from God. It was a really cool experience. I know that Heavenly Father does love each one of us. And when we’re going through hard times, have faith. If we do what we are supposed to, help is on the way. I am thankful that our appointments fell through and we could be there at that time that night.

We have a Skype call with the President of the mission in a couple of hours, and we should find out if we are going to the San Diego temple! For out 31st, Halloween, we can’t really be going around dressed as missionaries while everyone else is in costume, so everyone is going to the temple, with Phoenix, Mesa or Gilbert, but because we are hours away from everyone else, and our area is actually in the temple area for San Diego, we’re hoping to go there. Apparently they did this 1.5 years ago for something. He just needs permission from Salt Lake.

(Nov. 14 is going to be a huge Mexican Independence Day celebration! With the stake!)

Love,

Elder Schenewark

P.S. Sorry no pictures this week.

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