Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fasting and Prayer Brings Miracles

I don´t know where to start....  This week has been a whirl-wind of activity.  We started the cambio (transfer/exchange) off with a fast.  To help us grow in unity and find people that Heavenly Father has prepared for us to teach.  This week we saw milagros (miracles).

With Hermana Resek (from Utah) in the picture having lunch.

On Sunday, our ward had the Primary Presentation (children 3-12 take over services for the day and sing songs and share the things they have learned with the congregation throughout the year).  It was so cute to see all the children singing and sharing their testimonies.  It reminded me of my time in Primary teaching music.  Two of our investigators came to church, Camila and Nayareth.   They had a great experience and Nayareth became a little teary eyed when the children where singing ¨He Sent His Son.¨  

We´re working to help reactivate a beautiful family.  Their daughter, Arami hasn´t been baptized and she is 10 years old.  She wanted to be baptized but her dad didn´t want her to. We decided to fast and pray to know how we could help them. Claudio is a RM (Returned Missionary). He served in Paraguay.  We decided to visit with him and talk about his mission, his experiences and remind him of the things that he taught and the importance of baptism. It went really well.  The next day we talked to the Bishop and with permission were able to set a date for the baptism of Arami. It´s this Sunday! We´re so exited to help Aramí and her family prepare!  She is a very smart girl and has a lot of wisdom for a 10 year old.  The things she says amazes me sometimes.
It was also the birthday of Claudia this week. 
The family here is papa Claudio, mama Arminda, Arami and hermanita Claudia (Arami's younger sister).

Also, we climbed the mountain of our sector, contacting houses on the way.  When we reached the top, we saw a breath taking view!  The sun was setting and we could see all of Temuco.
My scripture this week is Alma 17:3
But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.
I know from experience the power that comes through fasting and praying. The windows of Heaven really do open and Heavenly Father gives us spiritual strength.  This week, for me, is one of the examples of the blessings that we receive when we fast.
I invite you all to participate in the next fast Sunday (first Sunday of the month), if your health permits.  Pay your fast offering and seal it with sharing your testimony.  I promise you will see miracles and receive the help and strength that you may be searching for. Miracles do happen! :)

Love you all lots!

Hermana Jakob

BTW- I talked to Hermana Caitlyn Rowden, por telefono (by telephone)!  She's doing great.  She's in Gorbea about an hour from our sector.  We live with the Hermanas Capacitadoras (training sisters) so I´ll probably see her during an intercambio (exchange)! So exciting! (Hermana Rowden is a friend from Kitchener who happened to be called to my same mission.  Sometimes it's a really small world.)

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