Monday, August 24, 2015

~ Cambios ~ Changes ~

Zone Ilo

Hola Familia,

Well I am in Ilo for another 6 weeks now.  I will be with Elder Cluff some more and it will be awesome.  Overall this week was great and we were able to have some awesome experiences and some good success.

A cool experience that I had was with our recent convert, Hermana Basilia.  We went to go and visit her this week because she has been in Lima for a marriage.  While we were walking to her house, we came around the corner because she has a little store and she was reading her Book of Mormon (Spanish version).  She cannot read that well, but it was amazing to see her have the desire to read.  Then we were able to come and help her read and explain the book to her.  Then she shared with us her desire to convert her friends and to share this gospel.  She was telling us how her body was really hurting and that she had been having troubles with diabetes.  But listen to this ha ha, she said that after she got baptized she doesn’t hurt anymore and she doesn’t have so many troubles with blood sugar levels; it is amazing.  I can testify that she was healed through her faith (Spanish version) and her desire to change her life and follow Jesus Christ.  It was just incredible.

Then we were able to go and help out a less active member that we are just teaching.  Their entire family is members and are all less active.  After talking to them some more we were able to figure out that because the parents separated the whole family was destroyed.  It was so sad to hear that just because the parents lost the faith and endurance to push through the hard times, everyone was lost.  I know that the parents are the anchors in the family and if they are doing the right things their children will follow and vice versa.  Parents need to show the way, live to a higher standard, and be the example that they always wanted in their life.

Thank you so much.  I know that I am who I am because how I was raised and the examples that I have had.  Just remember that God is always there and that we just need to find him and he will help us out.  Thank you all so much. 

I love you all. Les amo.
Elder Cooley 

1. Favorite scripture?

2. What is your favorite weather down there?
When it is a little hotter because our shower would be hotter ha ha.

3. How long does it take you to get from Ilo to Arequipa?
It takes about 4.5 hours or so.



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