This was a good week. I can see God's hand in this work. He is helping me grow, and helping the work in this area grow. I can tell that I am truly getting lost in the work. The things in the mission are now far more important to me than things of the world. I am realizing what is important in life. My relationship with God is growing. My knowledge of him and his nature is growing. I can feel myself changing. I can feel the atonement working in my life. I just need to work harder, and trust in the Lord with ALL of my heart. I need to trust him that things back home are going to be taken care of. I need to trust him and have faith that he will take care of me and the people that I love back home. I know that if I can do that that I can get further lost in the work and grow even more.
Things with Joe and Junior haven't changed much. Joe is still
smoking, and Junior is smoking less. I have other people that I would
really like to talk about right now, so I am going to majority of this
letter talking about them. I want to talk about a family. This family is
called the Roldan family. Everyone in the family except the 21 year old
daughter who attends BYU is not a member. The daughter joined the
Church two years ago. She is a very very strong member now and is
encouraging her family to investigate the Church and become members. He
family has been through 10 sets of missionaries since the daughter
joined. We are now the eleventh set. I have faith that we are going to
be the difference in this family's life.
The Mother, Father, Son, and youngest Daughter are not members. The
Son and Daughter are both very active in every program of the church.
The son even goes to early morning seminary. The Roldan family is one of
the most active families in the ward. They come to Church every Sunday
without fail. The Mother and Father don't go to any other hours of
Church besides sacrament. The children stay for all three hours. This
family is amazing and would make great members of the Church. They are
such a strong and loving family.
The Mother and Father both have a Catholic background. We have been
able to answer a lot of questions for them that the Catholic religion
just has not been able to answer. Yesterday we got them to come to
Sunday school for the first time ever! They loved it so much. We met
with them later that night, and they told us, "No other missionaries
have ever got us to do the things that you guys have helped us do. Thank
you for pushing us. I can tell that something is different about you
two." They have a lot of questions about the Church. I love answering
questions for people. I feel like there is not one question that this
Church doesn't have an answer too. I love the hard questions because
they push me to find an answer. We have been able to answer all of their
questions so far. I can't wait to see what else they are going to throw
at us in the next meeting.
I know that this family is special. God has seriously played a
HUGE role in their lives. He cares for this family as he does every
family. This family is prepared. I am so excited to see what happens
Being in the "Bible Belt" I have really gotten to know the
Bible well. I know the Bible quite a bit better than most people out
here. I have grown a deep love for the Bible, especially the New
testament. The Bible absolutely testifies of the truthfulness of this
Church. There is not one thing that does not support our religion. Our
Church uses every teaching in the Bible to its fullness! I wish that
people could just realize that! If you truly read the Bible (not just
one part of it) and study it (not just one part of it) then you will
come to the conclusion that there was an Apostasy, and there was a need
for a Restoration. It is so clear in every page of the Bible.
Elder Grassley's birthday was on Saturday. We had a good time. I
took him out to this great burger place and talked and shared stories.
He is a great kid. We get along so well. His head is still bothering him
but we are going to figure it out.
He is a great missionary and a hard worker.
Well I hope to
hear from anyone that reads this over the next week. My time is up, I
have got to go. I love you all so so much!
-Elder Ryan Romero