Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

Dear Family,

That is the most amazing news about Hannah's mission call!  I was telling Dad about how I have always felt like he and Hannah have always had a special connection and now it's going to be even stronger!  I am so incredibly happy for all of you!  I'm sad that I missed it..  Also the video didn't work, but thanks for sending that picture of you guys and Charlotte!  You all look so happy :)  I'm glad that you get along so swimmingly :)

We did a lot this week.  Every day we went out with so much faith that something great would happen and, even though Taina wasn't baptized, we started teaching a man, Alfredo, about the restoration.  Taina doesn't feel like she is ready to commit to coming to church every week and make a covenant with God, which is a little bit sad in a way but at least that means that she is taking this seriously.  She's not going to get baptized just because we wanted her to.  Elder Winward and I both felt good about moving the date to a few weeks from now.  Alfredo is one of the most humble men I have ever met.  We had an incredibly powerful lesson with him on Monday or Tuesday or something and at the end we taught him about how important it is to read your scriptures and pray every day to maintain the desire to follow Christ.  He committed to do both and be baptized on the 17th of March.  He has been reading every day and praying and came to church yesterday!  He has a somewhat hard time reading, but is so blessed for doing it without shame every time.  It's interesting to see how two people can accept an invitation so differently.  Taina will be baptized, we just need to get her some more support from her less-active family.

Rene, a Cuban man that was baptized in December was telling us about an experience that he had with his boss last week regarding working on Sundays.  He told us that the boss was pulling the whole "just one more Sunday" thing to get him to work on Sundays regularly and he said something like, "OK, but this is the LAST time.  It doesn't have anything to do with my loyalty to the church - I made a COVENANT with God that I would keep His commandments. I will not work on Sunday or I will get a new job.  God will provide."  Isn't that great?  I honestly feel like Alfredo is the same way already. 

One more story, then I gotta go.  We were shopping today at Wal-Mart and this old man came up to us and asked us if we thought that Joseph Smith was in Heaven or Hell, so we told him heaven and asked why he was asking that.  We cleared up a couple of misconceptions that he had about the restoration and then A TON of people walked by and added their two cents about being saved and Jesus and how that old man knows way more than us.  It was seriously something that would ONLY happen in the South.  Like five people walked by us and added to our conversation and then walked away.  Haha it's so funny how often things like that actually happen.  It's like a foreign country some days down here.

Thank you so much for your letter.  I studied all of those things this morning and then I said a prayer and felt like everything that you had said was true.  You're an amazing person, Mom!  Thank you for your example :)  Say hi to Charlotte from me.  I still live in the same place.  I'm not sure when we'll be moving, but I'm not getting transferred anytime soon.  


Elder Moore

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