Sunday, June 27, 2010

Finishing Stake Conferences

The orchestra at the San Juan Stake Conference. They were all so cute and excited to play. They sounded very good for being so young. San Juan city has many music opportunities for their youth. The President Noriega and his family participate in many cultural events in the city.
The Stake Choir for the Sunday meetings. Sorry about the photo angle. They were wonderful. There is a lot of talent in San Juan.
Sister Noriega and her little angel daughter.
(left) Elder Morera, Reynolds, Bro. Noriega (future missionary), Jesica, Me and President
A quote from a letter from Elder Reynolds (2nd to left)-
Last Thursday Morning Elder Morera and I were knocking doors. We

entered one house and began to teach a little old lady, MarĂ­a, and her
grown daughter Tomasa. We taught them about prayer and prayed with
them, and when we were about to leave when Tomasa said, "don't leave
yet, my 18-year-old daughter wants to talk with you". We weren't sure
exacly why her daughter wanted to talk with us, but we decided to wait
and find out. After a few minutes, the young lady appeared and we began to talk. Her
name was Jesica. She said that she had many Mormon freinds and told us
what she knew about the church (and she knew a lot). She told about
Joseph Smith praying, seeing God and Jesus Christ, receiving the
plates from Moroni who was the son of Mormon, who'd compiled the
plates. We were surprised, but very happy to find a young woman so
prepared. Then she got quiet and said, "I know you might think this is
weird, but yesterday I was reading in the Bible, as I like to do, in
Mark where Christ talks about His path, and I prayed that if He had a
church that He would lead me to it, and then this morning you showed
up." Tears filled my eyes and I felt the Spirit testify that this is the
Lord's work not ours. He prepared His childred to receive us and leads
us, even unknowingly, to find them. One of her Member friends is named Gabriel,
a young man preparing for
his mission. We set up an appointment to go with Gabriel to
Jesica. When we told Gabriel what had happened he couldn't believe us, "Are
you serious?" he said, "You found Jesica and she wants to hear more
about the gospel?" He told us that Wednesday night, the same night
that Jesica was praying, Gabriel (who hadn't talked with Jesica in a
few months) prayed that she would receive the gospel.
God listens to prayers. When we pray specificly and with real intent,
He answers our prayers. The Days of miracles have not ceased. I know that God still works
miracles among us, His children, He loves us and knows each one of us.
Soon to receive his call, Brother Noriega. He bore the sweetest testimony.
The Millan Family invited us over for Sunday dinner. This is a family very special to Elder Martin who has been trying to baptize the father into the church. He has raised a valiant family, sent his children on missions, attends church regularly, but won't be baptized while his mother is alive. He feels he is honoring her wishes. His wife is the Stake Relief Society President. Elder Martin goes home soon, and was hoping to have the opportunity to baptize him, but it will have to wait.

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