Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hope Once Again

Things are going great here in Murrieta. We are making a lot of progress on all fronts of Missionary Work. We have seen not only our investigators coming closer to being baptized but we have also seen less active members making steps to come back to church.
 We both realized that we as members take for granted the promise and peace that having and Eternal Family brings to our lives. That it almost seems easy for us that have grown up our whole lives in the church. We find someone who is a member and get sealed for time and all eternity. It almost seems to come easy to accomplish what is expected from us. However I feel that we sometimes overlook what exactly converts, and part member families have to go through to receive the highest exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom. They lengthy process of praying and waiting for the long promised day that their companion will join the in the Holy Temple of our God. Elder W and I had an eye opening experience yesterday at church. A finally came after promising his wife he would come to church for her birthday. C had been anticipating this day for a long time hoping that finally he would feel the spirit there and know that he needed to do his part to have an Eternal Family. She was very nervous knowing that she had one shot at this. Especially when she had the thought of A's previous experience we he came to church with one of his friends about a year ago and didn't like it, going through the back of her mind. He said it was depressing because everyone was crying as they were giving the talks in Sacrament meeting. It started off well with the opening song, prayer, announcements,and sacrament. Then it came time for the talks to be given. A young women gave a great talk on Joseph Smith then Sister Frye got up and to give her talk. Before she began she started to get emotional, started to tear up and cry. C was sitting next to me and lean over and expressed her concern. I told her it would be fine and not to worry everything would be alright. Everything from that point did go alright except for the fact that C's 2 kids wouldn't leave A alone so that he could listen and concentrate. After sacrament meeting we went to the Gospel Essentials class, C and Aaron took their son to primary. However he didn't want to go there so they brought him into our Sunday school class. He started to throw a fit and wanted to go back to Nursery. They took him back but he didn't want to go back. Unfortunately A ended up having to take him home. C during all of this happening was having nervous break down. Thinking that her one and only chance was now ruined and that she would never have and Eternal Family. It took quite the toll on her. She sat trying to hold back the tears but she just couldn't. She eventually had to get up and leave as well. It has been a rough process for her to be baptized and try to get her husband baptized as well. Just when she thought that it was going just fine and there was hope on the horizon. It was dashed to pieces in her eyes. She felt like her opportunity was over. That her husband would never join. Luckily later when C got home from the rest of church. A saw how much it had affected her and said that he would come next week. YEAH! Their is hope once again.
Love Elder Paget

Making Progress in Murrieta

I am sorry I don't have a lot of time today to write I have been responding to a lot of Emails today. Well everything is still going well here. We had another great week making progress.
M is getting closer to being baptized. He has been making a lot of progress. His main worry right now is that if he gets baptized he will fall way and give into temptation. He is having a hard time trying to quit smoking right now. We just keep encouraging him to do his best, read and pray for strenght, and God will give it to him. 
We had to hand J over to the YSA Elders yesterday. It was sad to hand her off, however we knew it would be best. It gives her a better oppertunity to find more friends who are members, to help encourage her to stay strong after she gets baptized. We are a little worried she might be getting baptized for the wrong reasons. She wants to marry her boy friend who is a member. By introducing her to the YSA even if they break up she will have a strong support system.
C is still staying strong through her trials she has been facing. Almost everyone in her family is not happy with her decision to be baptized. She has been bombarded by her Dad sending anti-mormon videos, books, and articles. Her relationship with her sister will never be the same. Even though she has had a lot of opposition. She still considers her decision to be baptized the best decision she has made. C says that even though she has been struggling her life is so much better with the presence of the Holy Ghost in her life. Luckily her husband and family relationship has been getting closer and stronger as a result. Aaron her husband is still learning more about the church and is searching for the truth for himself.
Thanks for all the love and support
Elder Paget