Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Week With Elder Curtis


First weeks in new areas feel really long. Elder Curtis and I are learning how to work together and we are making good progress. There is a lot of work to do now that we have two areas in two different cities to work with.

The roads get really muddy here when it rains and we walk all over in our boots.
We have been visiting recently with a really big inactive member family in Avellaneda, the Machuca family. Some of the family members have been members of the church for longer than I have been alive. On Friday and Saturday, it rained pretty hard and all of the roads near their home turned to mud. We tried to go and visit this family with the branch president in his car. We got stuck in the mud. Elder Curtis and I had to get out and push until he got unstuck. That was an adventure! He ended up turning back because of the mud, but Elder Curtis and I made it to their house. We invited this family back to church and they said they would come. Even though there was mud everywhere, they came to church for the first time in a long time. I was so happy to see them when they arrived!

We are working really hard to find new people to teach. It´s hard work, but it has been fun to talk to so many people.

I love working hard here and sometimes I forget to take pictures. I am happy and well!
There was one man that the other Elders had been teaching for a few weeks that told us he doesn't want us to teach him any more. He told us he was convinced that all of the churches are the same, just with different view points and opinions. He said that it is the responsibility of each person to find their way back to God. It made me very sad, though I had only just met him. We shared our testimonies with him, that there is one true church, the church Christ established and restored in our day. We don´t need to look for our own way alone. God has provided a way for us to return to Him. It is not an easy way, but it is a happy one, a way of hope. That way is Jesus Christ. Learn all you can of Him and keep His commandments. Christ has established a church with His teachings so that we can work together to return to live with God after this live. Our message is not always easy to follow, but it is a message of gladness and joy. 

God lives! He is our father in heaven. Christ paid the price so that when we make mistakes, we can repent and be forgiven. I love Him and love to serve Him! As I remember Him, he supports me and helps me to do His work.

Thank you for all of your prayers for missionary work. Continue to pray and show your faith by teaching and inviting others to learn about and follow the teachings of Christ. You will find great happiness as they find joy in God´s plan of happiness.

Have a happy week!
Elder Cloward

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