Wednesday, January 21, 2015

With Sacrifices Comes Blessings

This is Ben & he wrote:  I'm a friend of your
sweet daughter Hermana Cook
Well this week, is my last week, and last week Hermana Olson and I got really sick, we had to stay in the house for 5 days--- It was not the ideal way to spend the week but we are doing much better and we have seen blessings. For example, the one day that we went out to work, even though we were sick as a dog, we found an inactive member that recently had her toe amputated and needed a blessing... The elders came and gave her a blessing and she felt impelled to repent and come back to Christ. It was a MIRACLE. Also, funny story.... So there was a pen that broke and the ink got all over my comps hands and we asked a guy on the other side of the street, who was pushing a food cart, for napkins, and while talking to us, he almost got hit by a bus and a dead persons car ( I forgot what they are called in English but the car that carries the coffin of the dead person) at the same time and the Lord literally put a barrier around him and he didn’t get hit by either one and he didn’t get mad at us for talking to him either.. and then this drunk guy was yelling at him AND us, and started threatening things and yelling bad words, but the cart pusher guy (Mario) got some food from his cart and lovingly handed it to him, and the guy left us alone. Why am I telling you this story? Because this just conveys the love that Chileans have for others... This man, Mario, almost got hit by 2 cars and had a dunk guy yell at him... and he did not get frustrated, he said no bad words and ended all the turmoil with SIMPLE yet heart touching tasks: Giving the alcoholic some food and us some napkins and water. We were able to share some scriptures with him and he was receptive. He did not live in our sector so we got his dirreccion and had to pass it to the office... but it made me realize that the small acts we do really matter. This situation could have been really hectic and dangerous but through a few small acts, the situation changed dramatically. If we really do what’s right, we see blessings and miracles and the Lord will protect and walks with us. I know as a missionary we have had angles surround, guard and guide us and that Heavenly Father is never far. Mario and Maria Teresa will be getting baptized soon and are doing quite well. Hernan called us at 3 AM last night and told us that he was reading the Book of Mormon and FINALLY after 3 months has received his answer through a very spiritual dream that he wants to tell us later today... It’s these miraculous and hard weeks that I want to be a missionary forever. The Lord is aware of every one of us and all we have to do is put our best effort forward, be honest and loving, and follow the example of Christ, so we can have a clean and honest conciencia before God on our personal Judgment day. With sacrifices come blessings.  If we didn’t sacrifice this day, and would have decided to just stay in bed, we would have missed these miracles and the acompaia del espiritu en nuestra semana. We are so blessed. I am looking forward to a good week (: Sad to come home but... ready to put in practice what i have learned here. Wish I could write more, but the miracles and blessings and love I have can’t be written right now. (: But I know that life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes more downs than ups…but the ups remind us that God hears our prayers and is mindful of us, and the downs are to remind us of the life of Jesus Christ, and the sacrifices HE made for us... The people here have been such a blessing in my life.  Familita I will see you in a few days. Keep praying.(: hang in there this week and we will see you sooon!
Hermana Cook

ttfn (ta ta for now) 
Ben wrote:  Danielle Cook I will miss you heaps, you are a great
person and friend, thanks for coming here to bring us happiness.
See you soon. I will try go to Las Vegas.. I promise!!

 Danielle and her Companion going around to all her areas to say "Goodby" 

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