Sunday, July 5, 2015

June 15, 2015

Fasting Works!

Hey Everyone

It's been a great week down here in Chile.  The good news is that this week hasn't been quite as rainy as the past, just really cold.  So those of you who are entering summer right now, count yourselves lucky.

As mentioned in the subject line, I have had many experiences in my life that have strengthened my testimony of fasting.  This week we've had many difficulties with some people who we are working with and decided that we needed a bit of extra help.  One family we are working with needs the dad to get divorced from his ex wife so that he can get married to his current wife and then she can get baptized. He's planning on communicating with her this week so they asked us to fast with them so that things can go well there.  Another investigator we've been working with has had some issues with her mom.  She is really interested in the church and wants to be a part of it, but her mom absolutely forbids it. A group of her friends asked us to joing with them in fasting for her to be able to figure things out. So yesterday, we left the church after the meetings and headed to our house to end our fast and head to lunch when we got a call from the bishop.  We hurried back to the church and he pulled us in to his office where we found our investigator, Domitila, (the mom of a young man in the ward who I've mentioned before) and she proceeded to tell us that she had decided that she's ready for her baptism and that she'd already taken work of for the 27th of June. It was an amazing experience because we had been fasting for very different purposes, but the Lord saw fit to bless us with something different according to His will.  I was grateful to recieve a witness that He really is aware of us and knows what is best for His work.  We're really excited to prepare her for her baptismal interview later this week.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying summer vacations.  Talk to you next week!

Elder Dower

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