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Monday, August 22, 2011

¿Cómo andan?

Dear Family and Friends,

Well transfer week has come and gone and I am staying with Elder Allen again which I am really excited about! I have never met anyone(besides my parents) that works so hard and drives me to be a better person. The zone changed a lot and we received all Latin Missionaries which is great! We have Elders and Sisters from Chile, Columbia, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, and the States! Pretty diverse zone wouldn´t you say? It really is a testimony that we can put people from all sorts of countries in one area with one purpose; to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church and the Gospel are universal in inviting all men to come unto Christ and try to emulate his life through our actions.

We have seen a plethora of blessings last transfer and this one. So many people have changed and are accepting the Gospel in their lives it is incredible. Elder Allen and I alone should be baptizing 7 people this transfer!!! They are seven of the most amazing people I have ever met. They are so close to the SPirit and want to gain a closer relationship with the Savior. We are teaching one man who noticed an immediate change from the time we came to his house. He talks over and over again about the peace he feels around us and when he is induldged in the Gospel. He has received so many answers to his prayers as well it is truly a miracle. When he went to church this weekend he said he received the answers to the two questions he had. That morning he said he woke up thinking about his little 4 year old son and how he was going to to teach him to be a good and noble man. In church we talked about raising children and when to talk to the to them about important topics. Then he had a question about the final Judgement and it just so happened that that was the subject of the next class. He was filled with the Spirit. He bore testimony to us of the truthfulness of the things he heard and felt. He will be getting baptized this weekend along with his wife and sister. This family was so prepared. The Lord puts people in our path who are yearning for the truth in a world of confusion. All they have to do is search and pray to the Father with all energy of heart to receive the answer.

Another lady we are teaching was having some difficulties, so my companion and I felt impressed to not visit her for a few days and see how things turned out. When we went back a week later she told us of her experience of her pondering and meditating about the things we had taught and said. She told us how she felt the absolute need to be baptized and that the Spirit was telling her that was all that was missing. Another miracle. I have never in my life seen how much God works in the lives of his children. All who truly seek Him will find Him. And they come unto Him through the waters of baptism by those who have the authority to administer that ordinance. Study does not bring that authority, nor does a knowledge of the Bible, but it comes as it was given to Aaron (Heb 5:4) by the laying on of hands through Priesthood power. There is power in the Priesthood. It is necessary for salvation. God´s kingdom has always had order and it always will for God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I know thats true. I miss and love you all!!! Have a great week!!!

Elder Passantino

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