Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week 56: A Lifetime in 2 Hours

Buenos Tardes Familia!

So this week has been pretty good, it’s been busy as heck… Well, basically what’s been happening is that on Thursday we left for Bogotá to Tierra Linda, one of the richest parts of Bogotá to do intercambios with the Assistants. That was really cool, we were contacting in a park, me and Elder Wood from South Carolina, and we found a guy who was wearing a Slipknot shirt (Slipknot is a heavy metal band) and I walked up to him and said “hey do you like Slipknot?” and he said “Heck ya I do!” then we started talking about the gospel and then we asked him “Hey could we pass by your house one day to share a message with you?” and he said “you guys don’t have time right now do you?” and we were like “wait, are you for real?” and he said “ya, I have 40 minutes.” So we went in this park, which is a beautiful park, and we went and sat down and told him about the Book of Mormon. It wasn’t the right moment to do a first lesson about the restoration, but we did tell him about the Book of Mormon and he was super, super interested. He was a guy of 17 years. It was really really cool to see the power of the Book of Mormon, especially teaching with Elder Wood. The spirit was very strong. You would be surprised how many people love that we teach that Jesus Christ came to the Americas. That’s something that’s very special for people here.

Then after that, we went to correlation with their Ward Mission Leader, that was Nefi. That’s the Spanish version of Nephi. Nefi is a magician. He does some SWEET card tricks. I think I might be able to send a video to you about one of the tricks that he does. They will blow your mind. He always does them at correlation because there are always missionaries visiting with the intercambios with the assistants. That was fun. After that, on Friday night, we went to Carlos y Diana, who are investigators of the Assistants over in Bogotá. It was great, the lesson, we went there and had planned to teach lesson 2, The Plan of Salvation, but I looked over at Elder Wood, and we were kinda short on time because their area, Tierra Linda, is super super far from their house. It’s like ½ an hour in taxi. They have the temple in their area too which is cool, but anyway, we went to Carlos and Diana and we switched to talking about baptism with them. The spirit was very strong again as we explained to them the doctrine of Christ concerning baptism. I felt really good teaching there and we invited them to be baptized, and they had a couple of questions and we answered their questions and then the wife said “you know, I think we are going to need a little bit of time.” And then her husband chimed in and said “Why? I’m ready.” And he said “no, I’m serious, I’m ready to be baptized. You’re right, the Catholic Church does not have the authority to do that. I want to be baptized.” And she looked at him and said “OK. Let’s do it.” And so they are going to be baptized in a few weeks when they can finally attend church. But ya, that was cool experience. When you speak the doctrine very clearly and you explain it, it’s so powerful. We taught them with The Book of Mormon and 2 Nephi 31, which talks about baptism and the doctrine of Christ. I have learned to know how powerful that book really is. My conviction of the Book of Mormon is true, the word of God is very very solid. I don’t know, maybe I am not to the point where Russell M. Nelson said that we need to be, that we should feel like that we need that every day, that we should not just know that it’s true, but that there is something missing if we haven’t read it in the day, maybe I am not to that point but I know that I can get there. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and I love the Book of Mormon.

In our area, we had a couple of good things happen yesterday, we had a investigator named Rodrigo, his family is members, and before he was just not in the lesson, didn’t even want to pay attention. Nothing interested him. We said “hey Rodrigo, how do you feel about this passage of the Book of Mormon?’ and he said “ya good good…” he was just waiting for this thing to end. But last night, we did something called “my life mirrored” where me and my companion open up the scriptures and show them that Methuselah lived for 1,000 years and we asked them “what would you do in 1,000 years of life?” then we move to the mismo….the same Genesis is Noah, that “my spirit wont fight with men continually” and that his years will be trabajar…. That his years would be lessened to 120 years. Then we asked him “what would you do with 120 years?” THEN we say that that average life span in Colombia is like 80 years, so we take 80 and then we show them the scripture in 2 Peter that says that God’s time is that 1day for him is 1,000 years here in the earth. SO we do that math with him and find that 80 years, for God, is 2 hours, more or less. 1.95 hours. Then we say: “what would you do if you only had 2 hours left to live?” and that’s when they really think. Then we share a message with them that life is very short. And we end with Alma 34:32 that says that this is the time for men to prepare to meet God. That really made him think. Then he said: “What should I do? What do I do if I die and I am not ready?” At that point my companion said: “Look, we would like to explain that. We are going to leave this pamphlet with you and let you find the answer and we are gonna come back.” And it was just so cool, because it was finally like he had a connection, like he had a need and we were able to push the Gospel in to fill that need. Hopefully, he will be reading. We will see. That was cool. Then next week we are going to baptize Jefredy. Just trying to get him a testimony. He just doesn’t have that strong of a testimony. But all things are looking up and a growing ward here in the area. I am very optimistic and very happy about what’s going on, so ya!

Alverson, our recent convert, has been flourishing in the Gospel. He is just on fire. He has been accompanying us to lessons and doing very well. He has been taking self reliance classes at the church, he has been taking institute, he got into school… He’s just on fire. He’s just so awesome. He is recognizing the blessings of the Lord in his life. He wore the tie I gave him to church yesterday. It was awesome. I like seeing him with that tie. Unfortunately, I don’t have any anchor ties anymore, I have given them to people haha.

So ya, that was my week. This recording has been not too long, I’m trying to think of anything else that might have happened…Oh ya, on a funny note, we were in the house of familia Medina, and it’s the most humble house that I have actually taught in. Sometimes it’s kinda sad. There are a couple of recent converts in that house, we went in the room of one of them and to cover up holes on the wall there are some close to pornographic things on the wall. He said that he would take them down when he could fix the wall, which doesn’t make sense, but we are going to buy him some church pictures and put them up in…. lugar de… crap. In place of those pictures. But we were there and one of the recent converts is really kinda crazy. I don’t think he is there all the way. But he is great and he supports us a lot. But we had a lesson and he was teaching a little boy named Julian to orar, to pray, and it was really interesting, this prayer. He was dictating to him so that Julian could repeat it. The thing is, when Oscar doesn’t know the name of something or someone, he just throws in whatever he thinks of. So he said “Please Heavenly Father, bless J. J. Thompson that he can lead and direct this church.” And we were like “J.J. Thompson, who the crap is that?” hahaha. My companion is laughing. But he’s a great guy, he’s got a lot of heart. But there’s also a guy that was baptized a little while ago, that before he had done a lot of drugs but he quit them. His name is Fabian. And Fabian, I was on intercambios with Elder Coop who is a new missionary a few weeks ago. We were walking through the street and he said “Elderes!” so we stopped and he starts talking to us, and he was really wigged out. I think he was on drugs again. Ya, he was pretty drugged. But he was like “ya, ya I’m a member, I’m a member.” And we were walking through the street on the sidewalk and he would see a car coming in the street and he would push me out of the way and say “Elder, you just about got hit!” and I said “Fabian, we’re on the sidewalk.” But ya, he was like, “Elders, I am not doing well, I need you to come visit me.” He came to church the next day, but after that and since then, he has had an affinity for Elder Coop. Elder Coop is the one that I sent you a picture of him looking at the parrot. And the other day I guess they were walking through the street, him and his companion, and they found Fabian, and Fabian runs up to him: “Elder COOP!!! Tú eres la luz de mi vida!” or “You are the light of my life!” and gives him a big hug. Hahaha. We have been laughing about it ever since. But ya. Fabian. The interesting thing is that he has the Doctrine and Covenants memorized. I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true. He was the thing freaking memorized. He will just go off quoting it word for word. We will be in church and someone will be saying a scripture and he will get ahead of them and just say the scripture before they finish without a triple in his hands. It’s really interesting.

Well, I have told you guys a lot of things. I hope you guys have a good week, I have been thinking about you guys and it sounds like the Lord is blessing you guys so much. I am glad for Joe getting married and for the success that you guys are having. Love you guys so much, and hope to talk to you the next week. Gracias. Chao Chao!

-Elder Lewis

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Week 55: The Parable of Elder Lewis' Shoes

Buenas Tardes Familia!

Here another week in Sogamoso, and just wanted to make you a little recording and tell you what’s been going on here. So this week has been really interesting. We have had some good things happen and some not so good things happen. One of our best families just went kaput. It’s not because they aren’t interested, it’s just that they have their beliefs and they think that it’s better to stick with that and not be confused. It’s a lot of work to change beliefs! But I know that I am not ready to give up on them yet. So we are going to see what happens. They have a lot of real intent, they just need some guidance. Fortunately, that’s what we can provide.

First and foremost, Happy Birthday Mom. I was thinking about you all week and that tomorrow is your birthday, and it’s the last one that I am going to miss! So there’s that. Just from your emails, it looks like Michael is getting really really tall, and I am willing to predict that his hair is going to go dark, but I don’t know, we will see.

I was super grateful to hear from conference this week. I was super inspired. I was very inspired by the talk by Quentin L. Cook, he talked about humility, because that’s something that I have had to learn here and still have to learn. My chest just burned the entire time he was talking, so I am going to print that and study it all this week. I have never enjoyed a conference so much in my life! I don’t know why this time was different, maybe because I am able to see it in a different light, I am so happy to have been able to watch that and be so inspired by all the talks. It literally felt like it just flew by and before we knew it, conference was over. I really want to, it’s a desire that I have now that I have never really had before, but I want to study all of those talks before the next conference. I think I am going to do something like take a talk or two each week. I have realized that I am not going to change en el noché de mañana, from a night to a day, but I know that if I work on things just little by little, that that’s how we learn. So there’s that!

The other thing that I wanted to share with you guys is that this last week I was super disappointed about the shoes. I was super excited when they got here, I put them on when they got here and walked to the fruit market and back and I had HUGE blisters on my heel. SO what happened was I wore my old shoes for the rest of the week to let the blisters heal, and I took the new shoes, and I realized that the backs were really hard. That was what was happening. So I took them and worked the leather. I just kind of depressed the leather and just worked on it for a little while and then I repeated doing that and I put on the shoes and then I wore them the whole day walking I don’t know how many miles. It didn’t give me very many problems at all. So I just realized something, I couldn’t help but make a connection to the gospel. There are several connections that I was able to make in this story, but one of the biggest was sometimes I feel like we give up too easy. We get a new thing that comes, life is full of new things, but we get a new thing that comes, and we are excited at first, but then when it doesn’t work out perfectly, we give up and go back to what we know, when really we just have to work at it. How grateful I am that my Savior never gives up on me like I gave up on the shoes. He really is our perfect Savior. After I did that, I just felt the spirit, I felt inclined to make that connection. There are a couple of others that you can make too, I was thinking about all the connections that it has to the gospel, but then after I worked at it I was so happy when I put on my shoes, it just felt right. Now still, they are not broken in. It will take time. But like everything else in life, I know that if I just keep going, if I just keep working at it, that they will break in. Then eventually, I will move to a new pair of shoes and have to do it again. That’s how our Father in Heaven wants us to grow. That’s something that I also got out of conference; our Father in Heaven’s plan for our eternal progression. How grateful I am that we are part of religion that not only knows that Jesus saved us, but knows what Jesus saved us for, and that’s to become perfect like he is, and to become perfectly happy, like he and Heavenly Father are. I am so grateful this week. Teaching the Book of Mormon has been different after this conference. It strengthened my testimony so much of the divinity of the Book of Mormon. I truly can say that I know that that book is divine. I have gotten closer to God by it than by any other book. I am working on strengthening my testimony even more of the Book of Mormon.

Well, I know that this doesn’t have very much content, this recording, but I just felt these things so strongly this week. So to end the recording, I just want to say Happy Birthday Mom, and Con and Jess, congratulations on your new house! I want to thank you all for everything you have done for me! I am truly grateful for your sacrifices and your prayers and would have that you would continue to pray for me because I still have a long way to go. I love you all so much, and I will talk to you later. Have a great week. Chao Chao!

-Elder Lewis

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 54: The Spirit Makes A Changed Man

Buenas Tardes Familia!

I am sending you another recording from here in Sogamoso, this week has been pretty darn good. I don’t know, it’s been kind of a hard week. So, this week I have a couple of things that I wanted to tell you guys about: the first of them is that I found a really awesome talk on BYU speeches by… crap what’s his name… he’s from the presidency of the seventy, crap I will remember In a minute. But it’s called 100% responsibility, and this week it has changed my life. If you guys have time, go on BYU speeches and look it up. It’s from August, and it talks about the relationship with agency and responsibility and how we are 100% free to choose, but that also makes us 100% responsible. It has really changed the way that I see the work, and has eliminated from my life, forever, making excuses. I have found that I am able to get a lot more done If I am not making excuses. I really, really, enjoy that talk. I am still listening to it almost daily. I just wanted to tell you about that because It has really made a difference in my life, and also a talk by David A. Bednar that was also recent at BYU.

But… what I want to tell you guys about this week is my experience with following the spirit. We went to a house Thursday night, named familia Polito, and it’s a family of 5 people and we went in and we were going to teach a lesson about the Plan of Salvation, but we got the prompting that it wasn’t what we were supposed to do. But as we were absorbed in doing our own thing, we ignored the prompting and we went ahead and it was just long and it didn’t feel right. There was something missing and obviously it was the spirit. Just couldn’t feel it. Just wasn’t any power there. There just wasn’t anything. That made us really sad as we walked out of that lesson. It was also very long because of the member that we brought.. went off on a monologue… but the bad thing was that the spirit was offended because we didn’t listen and it withdrew itself. If you know what it’s like to teach without the spirit, it’s like being tied hands and feet and being thrown into the deep end of a pool. You cant do anything. And so we left that night and as it was 9 o’clock we went back to the house just wondering what happened. Neither me or my companion felt anything. So we went back to the house and we agreed that we had a prompting and we didn’t follow it. That being said, we went to bed that night being very humbled, very trying to repent for that. But the next day we went to a lesson with a part-member family, his name is Miguel Angelo, and he is… the husband is not a member, the rest of the family is, very very active, he is from the army and he was home resting on vacation these past 2 weeks. This was the last time we were going to be able to meet with him. We have met with him 3 times now and this time was the last time we were going to be able to meet with him for 7 weeks. So we went in planning to teach lesson 3, which is the doctrine of Christ, which talks about faith, repentance, baptism, confirmation, and endure to end. But as we went in and I started to speak, and as I was humble from that experience the night before, I felt that we were not to teach that, that we were to read the Book of Mormon with him. I wasn’t about to ignore it again, so we went with it. I told my companion, because there was an interruption in the lesson, it was perfect, I said “we’ve gotta read the Book of Mormon.” So we read 2 Nephi 32, which talks about prayer. Something happened. There was so much power in that lesson. As we read that chapter of 9 verses, it was just amazing. As we ended, me and my companion were just working as a team. It was awesome! We told him that he needed to take the Book of Mormon with him and read it while he was in his training that he was going to do for special forces. That he was to take the Book of Mormon and read it while he was there and pray about it. He is usually not very interested, but he was very attentive in that moment, he just had a look about him, the spirit was teaching him. Then my companion said something that I will never forget, it’s something that I have never heard him say before, and it was this: “Miguel, I know that if you take the Book of Mormon and you read it every night, you will come home a changed man. You will come home a different man.” At that moment, he literally sat back and thought about it, and I bore witness to my companion’s words and we left a Book of Mormon with him to take. We thought that the true test would be if he took it. The next day at church his wife came up to us and told us “Elders, he took the Book of Mormon with him.” And I knew in that moment that it was because we were humbled that we were able to listen to that prompting of the Spirit, that the spirit was there in such rich abundance. Just a testament to me that nothing can be done without the Spirit. I was listening to a talk by Elder Bednar and he said that when Brigham Young gave the charge to start Brigham Young University he said: “I would that you would remember that you should not teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit.” I know that’s true. I pray that from here on out I will never have that experience of teaching without the spirit. I have learned so much. The spirit is a vehicle. It is the vehicle by which the Savior talks with his children. I am learning little by little how to recognize it and how to use it. The only way to recognize the spirit, or to learn to recognize the spirit, is by experience. You study about it and then you go out and look for feelings that you have, and the spirit every time will give you good feelings that tell you what you are supposed to do. For example, we were out of a lesson on Sunday night, last night, to end the cambios, to end the.. what do you call it… we ended the transfer last week. And the last day of the transfer at 8:30 at night, and were about ready to go home to receive the cambios for our zone, but we stopped at one more door because we felt like we should. We found a family of 4 that let us in and let us teach a lesson. I hope I never lose this feeling. It’s really something very special.

Well, I realize this recording is a bit short and it maybe doesn’t contain as much content as it should, but it sufficeth me to say that this week has humbled me and builded me in wonderful ways. I love you guys, and by the way thank you for the package! I was so happy. The blanket was amazing, the candy was incredible, and even though the shoes haven’t quite worked out yet, I am hoping to get them to, but thank you so much for that. I really do feel loved. Thank you so much. Thank you for all your support and all your prayers. As I have been humbled I have realized how many prayers are said on my behalf every day. Well, I love you guys and I will be talking with you later. Chao Chao!

-Elder Lewis

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 53: More Show, Less Tell.... Mission Life in Pictures!

Note from Jessica: Hello All! Elder Lewis wasnt able to send us his usual recording this week, but he did send a ton more pictures with some captions, so this week will be a glimpse into his mission through the camera vs. the written words. Enjoy! 

Bautismo de Alverson. We gave him a shirt
 and a tie! you may recognize the tie :) 

Bautismo de Alverson, he was baptized by his 
brother in-law, Jhonny. The one in red is Mayi,
the sister of Alverson. And of course Jackie, 
who bumped her head against the floor. All better! 
Thank you for your prayers! 

Year mark with Elder Mooney (who was in the Mexico 
CCM with me) from Utah and Elder Gomez from 
Guatemala. I told them to say "Congrejos!" and I 
think it's the best picture of Elder Mooney I have ever seen!

ONE YEAR! we made a pizza....

La Pizza Mexicana... who knew that tomatoes 
would go so well on a pizza? 

Mucho Apoyo! there was a great turnout at the baptism.
it was a fine service.

Pday in Pueblito Boyacense! It's a cool little tourist 
town right outside of Duitama, forty five minutes from 
Sogamoso. Elder Coop was having an intellectual
dialogue with a parrot.

Graffiti in Duitama.... 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 52: The Best First Year: Elder Lewis hits his 1 year mark!

Hola Familia!

So, this week, completing a year! Crazy how fast that went by, thinking about it right now, today, it was a year ago that was my farewell. Wow, where did that time go? Well, I just wanted to share with you guys the things that I have learned in the past year, and there have been a lot of things:

I believe that the first thing that I have learned is to have faith that is unbreakable in Jesus Christ. My faith has grown so much until even as I talk about it right now, my heart burns within me because I know that he is my Savior. I have had many experiences that have testified to me of the truth of that and I feel like I am on the road to a close relationship with him. The other thing that I have learned, is in Spanish Todavia falto mucho. I still have a long way to go. So that’s another thing that I have learned is humility. I still struggle trying to keep my temper sometimes, but I know that I can do it if I remain humble. If I just keep in mind that I have a lot of faults and that I am not always right, and if I can just put a smile on my face, just no matter what, then I will be ok. Something that I have learned especially this week. Those two things have really been what I have learned, along with a host of other things. I now speak Spanish, for one thing. I am still trying to improve that, but as you can tell, I am starting to think a lot in Spanish, makes it so that I cant speak English, that I cant switch between the two very often, or I cant switch between them very fluently. If I am speaking English for a long time, maybe on a P-Day with another gringo, then I am thinking in English, but then during the whole week I am thinking in Spanish, so when I am speaking English it’s a little rocky. Lets see… this year I have read the Book of Mormon, I believe, I have read it twice. 2 ½ times. One time in English at the beginning of my mission, and one time, almost two times in Spanish. I have also read the whole missionary library, including Jesus the Christ, which I enjoyed thoroughly. I have just enjoyed so much having this time to learn about my Savior. My views have become clear on many things, including how many things that I still have to learn. But this year, I have a big year ahead of me. I think this is where it really gets going from here on out. I am ready. I am ready to just make it a good year. Teach repentance and baptize converts and go out there and I guess I could say change lives, but the life that is going to change most is mine.

So this week has been really crazy. On Monday, I kinda told you guys but we went to Playa Blanca, it was a Zone activity, I will be sending pictures of that next week. On Tuesday, we went to Multi-Zone conference, in a city nearby called Duitama. It’s about ½ an hour away by bus, ½ hour, 45 minutes. So we went over there, came back worked in the area for the rest of the night, for another 2 hours. We got back, and in our Zone we have Yopal, which is 5 hours from Sogamoso. And they got to the station in Sogamoso and found out that their bus had already left for Yopal, and that the next one would be leaving at 1:30 in the morning. And on top of that, a bridge had fallen inbetween here and Yopal, and so what they would have to do is do like a layover where they would get down to the bridge, they would have to walk across with all their bags and boxes and stuff they were hauling from Multi-Zone and get on a bus on the other side back to Yopal. We don’t want them doing that at like 3:00 in the morning, so we had them come back to our house. Which is something that we didn’t expect. So we had to put our plans that night on hold, that was about 7:00. Then on Wednesday, we went and had interviews with President, again in Duitama. By the time we got back, we had to pack our bags and go to Bogotá where we stayed in an area called Salitre with some Zone Leaders over there. That was a lot of fun.

This week, the Pope has come to Colombia as you have all heard. It has been a BIG BIG deal. Dad says that suddenly everybody would be Catholic, and that’s true. They are saying stuff like “what a blessing it was to have the Pope here and to enlighten us and to train us”. Actually, I think it was a good thing, it’s just that everybody is going on the Catholic thing now, so our work is going to be interesting for the next couple of weeks.

Alright, so Wednesday we went to Bogotá,  Thursday we were in a leadership council in Bogotá that lasted the whole day, that was really great. It was a meeting from 9:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon, and it just filled us up to the brim. Got to talk about what was going on in our mission, what’s happening, what we need to do better. So, that night we went from the chapel in Alhambra to the temple. There’s a McDonald’s right by the temple so we went to McDonald’s and then we went and did a session in the temple with all of the missionary leaders and that was really great to be able to go to the temple. I had a good experience there. I think that’s the strongest that I have ever felt the Spirit in the temple. I just felt so calmed. Such a peaceful feeing. Especially because it has been a crazy week. I have been so stressed out this week, and it’s tough on your companionship and it’s tough on everything and we didn’t have that much time to work on our area and there’s that stress too. Sometimes you just feel like you are failing. I just felt a really peaceful feeling in the temple. I know that it is a house of God. So we left the temple at about 10:30 at night and we went over to the what do you call it… the porta? The bus station, and we took a taxi to the bus station, and went from the bus station and it was really interesting, while I was buying the tickets, they usually give us the tickets from here to Sogamoso for 20,000 Colombian Pesos, but he wanted to jack it up to 25, and I was fighting him about it and while I was fighting about it a Grandma pushed me out of the way and bought the last tickets, so we had to wait until 11:30 to get on the bus and then we got back to Sogamoso really fast actually probably 2:30-3:00 in the morning. But that was irritating. But ya. Then Friday we had the opportunity, we got back at 3:00 in the morning but we still had to get up at 6:30, so it was kind of a heavy day. We got out and worked, we found a couple of good people, we caught up with a couple of our investigators. This week, Lord willing, Alverson will be baptized. He really means a lot to me, when me and Elder Coop went to teach him the Word of Wisdom on an intercambio, we went there and we had suggested to them that they watch the testaments, and they were watching the testaments right as we walked in so we watched the last 15 minutes of the Testaments with them. And we all ended up crying. It was just amazing. Alverson is a big guy, he was in the army, he is 22, big big guy, but we just watched as tears rolled down his face and the Spirit testified to him that those things are true. Also, as we taught the Word of Wisdom, which normally isn’t the most emotional of all lessons, but he shared with us that his Dad had died for failing to live that commandment. Of course he didn’t know about it, but he had lung cancer because he smoked so much. So that really hit his heart hard. So he received his answer through prayer, and now he is going to be baptized on Saturday and I am very grateful for that. Just one thing, he is a referral from his sister, who he is living with, and his sister and her family are members. The thing is that her little daughter, Jackie, fell off of a chair and smacked her head on the ground, on the tile, and was throwing up and a bunch of stuff. So if you guys could pray for Jackie, that’s really hard for them right now. I am hoping that Jackie will pull through, and that Alverson will be baptized this Saturday. So if you guys could include Jackie, Jackie Niño, in your prayers I would appreciate it. On Saturday we worked some more in the area, we had an activity, a blood drive that we went and helped do, Sunday, we went and met with some of the members, nothing really big to report there. One thing, we went to visit, on Sunday night, Carlos Huerta, who is actually a new investigator that we found a couple weeks back knocking doors. He let us in, taught him a lesson, and gave him a Book of Mormon. He called me on Tuesday saying that he had read a ¼ of it and said that he wanted to read more. The unfortunate thing is that we haven’t been able to catch him since then, so we are hoping to be able to do that TONIGHT.

Well you guys, this has been a long recording, but a lot has happened this week. I am very grateful to the Lord and for his blessings. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission and I am so grateful for the things that I have learned this year. I am hoping to push forward to make this the best year of my life. So far, I could probably say that this has been the best year of my life. I am hoping to make this next one even better. My testimony is this: I know that God lives. I know that he has restored his Church through Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it was translated by a Prophet of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the evidence of the Restoration and if anyone will read it they will come closer to God by that book than by any other. I know that really, God works miracles through that book. I have seen it. I have seen a single verse put somebody to tears and change their life. Most of all I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he is my Savior and Redeemer. I love him. I am getting to know him. The more I know him, the more I love him. I worship and adore my Savior for what he did and what he does and what he will always do. He is magnificent. I testify of these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Lewis

Elder Lewis' year mark package from the family. 
A very HUGE and special thank you to 
our friend Kaylee Stevenson, 
who is packing this in her luggage and 
will deliver it to the mission home in person
while she is in Colombia. Thanks Kaylee! 

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