Aloha Family and Friends,
How are you doing? I had a great week here in Anthem - doing the Lord's work. The weather is really nice during the day, but getting chilly during the nights which I am starting to wear sweaters. Lea got baptized on Saturday which was so wonderful because the spirit was so strong as she made her covenants with God. She was so happy when she came up out of the water as spiritually reborn. Then on Sunday the congregation saw her for the first time as she came into the chapel to be confirmed a member of the church and receive the Holy Ghost. She was filled with joy when they sustained her as the newest member of the church. It was such an honor to see her change since the first time I met her to now as she strengthened her Faith in Jesus Christ through her trials and see her realize the blessings that come from living his Gospel. It is so wonderful to see how the Lord prepared her as the members showed their love for her by serving her and she knew that they were placed in her life for a reason. We had some wonderful lessons with her this week teaching her the commandments. We also had a great lesson with Ali this week on how the Gospel can bless his family and bring them closer. Some exciting news from transfers this week is they split an area in our District so there are 2 more Elders in our district. Anthem and Parkside Wards now have their own set of Elders. Elder Burton and Farnsworth cover only Anthem Ward now and they are living with us in our apartment. It is fun having another set of Elders in our place because we get to talk about our day and eat meals together. The new Elders - Elder Silcock from Idaho and Elder Gapinski from Utah live in the Espios home in Parkside Ward. Since their are 8 Elders in my district, I have to go on exchanges 7 times this transfer once with the zone leaders and once with each Elder in my district. So some weeks I will be on exchanges twice, which is fun to get to know my District members and see how they work and teach. The work is a bit slow now since Lea got baptized, we have an investigator Joseph with a baptism date for October 19 but he is living with his girlfriend and son so we have to try to get them married and we have not been able to meet with him this week. We are doing alot of finding through members and checking up on past investigators to see if they would want to learn about the Gospel again. I hope I can find some great new investigators soon and help them Come unto Christ. I had a great District Meeting on Friday, teaching about the importance of commitments and helping our investigators keep commitments by following up, great having more Elders to contribute different insights. I had a great sabbath day as we heard some wonderful testimonies. There was a Special Youth Fireside in the evening on "Having an Eternal Perspective through Trials". Great talks by members and some non-members that talk about a young women Katie Wagner that recently passed away from cancer. She was pretty big here in Anthem community because of her love to help others even though she was fighting cancer for the past 3 years. It was a spiritual fireside to hear how as we Trust in God and have Faith in Jesus Christ that we can get through our trials and grow stronger. We are here on earth to be tested and prove to our Heavenly Father that we want to live with him. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and he can give us strength through hard times. I am so grateful to know the Plan of Salvation and know that we can have Eternal Life as we have a strong foundation built on Christ and continue to live the Gospel through our lives. I know as a servent of Jesus Christ that our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to have Eternal Joy. I love and miss you all. Take care and have a great week. your all in my prayers.
Elder Lance Kuhi Cabral