Monday, July 24, 2017

Letter and Pictures - Week 104

Hey everyone!

     It's been a great final week here in Grenada. I can't believe it has already been two years since leaving home. It's been a wonderful adventure. We were able to talk to Clarrissa seriously about baptism this week. It was really wonderful  and amazing because the spirit has been working on her and she was pondering about it before we came. We read the account of the Savior's baptism and Mosiah 18 and talked with her about baptism. We had given her 3 Nephi 27 and she had been reflecting a lot on the part which says that Christ's church will be called after His name and how this church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had been thinking about the date we had given her before and she asked us when the next baptismal service will be. We set a date for her for the 19th of Aug. She has been studying and got past 2 Nephi and she came to church this Sunday. Her children were helping out with her brother who has been having health issues. 
     We were able to address some of Natasia's concerns/doubts and also talk about repentance. She has had a conflict with one of her family members attacking her(not physically) for a long time and it's something that has weighed down on her. As we talked about repentance she opened up about it without great detail and we were able to help her to fast about it. This Sunday we had a mission wide fast for our investigators and we fasted for her and she fasted to. She was really happy when she told me that she fasted. Hopefully she can receive revelation on how to resolve it or receive blessings from the Lord of her behalf. The mission wide fast was  a really spiritual experience for us. The mission just had 10 baptisms this Saturdayand one of them was Kelvin in Barbados!! I was told he bore a sweet testimony as well. Natasia has just on fire lately and had really been progressing. You can just see the light growing within her and her faith and testimony building. She came to church as well. We are going to try to set a baptismal date with her tonight. Since she is off of teaching school she has a lot more time and has just been eating up the scriptures. She read all of the Pearl of Great Price including Joseph Smith History and is now into Jacob in the Book of Mormon. It is helping her a lot. I have a testimony that reading the Book of Mormon reaps such great blessings into our lives. 
     Each of us went on a trade off with Elder Johnson this week and they were really good. We were able to teach Ravon who I mentioned before and he is just awesome. He had read some and we read more with him. We invited him to be baptized and he was super quick to respond in a positive yes. His parents wouldn't allow him to go to church but hopefully their hearts will soften.          We've been working a lot with Alicia and her boyfriend Jeremy hasn't really been participating but this week we were able to just have a lesson with him and he really softened up and is now taking the lessons. It is such a blessing and a miracle. Something amazing that happened was that on one of the days we had scheduled to see them we couldn't go because we were held back but without even letting her know Sister Francis went over to her home and just talked with her for an hour in our stead. It was amazing to hear. She is so awesome. They didn't come to church because Alicia is sick. 
     We visited with Rachel and Aldon this week. Rachel surprised us when she said she prayed and received an answer that she knows it's true and that she needs to make some changes. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted. Rachel had a family member pass and couldn't come to church. We've been working a lot with Bro. Kelvin and he is growing as a recent convert. He passed the sacrament this week and he was just so happy and he is really grateful to be a member of this church. The Alexis family had a late night Saturday with their mom coming in so they didn't come to church and Fitzroy said he was coming but didn't come sadly. 
     After some service for one of the Elders investigator we went into Grenville town during a really busy time and and set up a stand with a bunch of Book of Mormons and pamplets and just started talking to everyone. It was a really big success. We gave away a ton of material and found many wonderful people. It was fun. This was my last Sunday and I gave my "farewell" talk along with Elder Kuru. It's tough to say goodbye to these such great people. The spirit was very powerful and I was in tears. I'm very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to serve here. I hope you have a great week. I'll see you soon :)

With great love,

Elder King

Final Sunday in the Caribbean!!

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