Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 23, 2017
Kevin and Arely

Hey all! Sorry I have kind of stunk at writing recently, I've been pretty busy. But I still love you! And I've got to tell you all about a few of the things that happened this last week! 

On Saturday, we had a lesson with two investigators who have a baptismal date for february 11th, Kevin and Arely. They are just the greatest. They are a testimony to me that God really does prepare His children to come to know and receive the Gospel. On Tuesday, my companion gave them the "Law of Chastity" pamphlet to read to prepare for our next lesson with them. Saturday, we had to lesson, and they were so excited to tell us that it had blessed them so much and that they'd only lived it for 4 days! I was confused, they are legally married, so I asked them how? The husband told us that he now is watching his thoughts whenever he sees an attractive girl, and that they are now filtering what they see. They don't spend as much time on Facebook, or in YouTube, where they realized that they were seeing things that were against the law of Chastity. The husband said that he now feels more "free", and that he feels more love for his wife, Arely. They have an adorable little toddler daughter, and they only have a little over a year as a married couple. It was sooo beautiful to see how the Law of Chastity (the law of sexual purity in thoughts, intentions and actions) is SOOO real and brings some very real blessings to not only single-people, but to married couples as well. What surprised me more than anything, is that Arely told us that she had NEVER heard of the Law of Chastity! NEVER! And her husband said that he hadn't either. They have BOTH grown up in very Christian homes, with some very religious families, who go to church ofter. He is part of a Christian band! And they had NEVER heard of this law, that to break is the 3rd biggest sin! That just drove me nuts! And helped me to understand of the IMPORTANCE of this message that we bring to the world of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Living the Law of Chastity is a commandment that living can bring SO much light and blessings to your life and to your family! I KNOW that to be true! We are surrounded by pornography, and media telling us that lowering our standards is okay, and that living the law isn't so important. I TESTIFY that BREAKING the law of Chastity will bring darkness, guilt, shame and suffering to your life and to the lives of your loved ones. We all need to be examples among the believers! And help the world to know of the joy that living the Gospel including the Law of Chastity brings to our lives and to our families! I love you all so so much! 

Another great thing that happened this week, is that we met a new investigator, Brenda. We had one lesson with her, invited her to come to church this Sunday (as we do with EVERYONE) and she CAME!!! And she brought her two kids of 8 and 10 years of age! AND she brought her dad! Who it turns out is a LESS-ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CHURCH! She believes that he fell away because he was the only member in the family and because her mom is very Catholic and he got tired of doing it alone. But it was SOOO great to see them all at church! And another investigator, Hortensia, came to church for the first time, and LOVED it. *sigh* I love it when people come to church. It's EXACTLY where God would have us to be. 

I love you all so so much! I'll be seeing you! 

atentamente,

Hna. Larsen 

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