Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dearest Family,

I have a cambio! I am SO excited! Guess who my companion will be?!?! Elder Durfey, from American Fork Utah! I'm going to Chincha as a Zone Leader and will be in a trio with Elder Rolando from Ecuador as well! I am really excited, I know that this is an inspired cambio. I was so nervous before just because I didn't know..but the Spirit confirms to me that there is a great purpose and I am excited. Nobody ever knows what's going to happen with the transfers, and that's the best part! This will be a wonderful opportunity to repent and exercise a lot more faith in Jesus Christ. 

So...after so much prayer, dedication, and following up, the Duran Family wasn't able to finish their marriage papers in time to be baptized this week. I know and trust in the will of God - the Spirit testifies of the truth and comforts my soul. Now I just need to learn how to keep trusting always in the will of the Lord, even when it is difficult to accept. I need to learn to accept it a lot more easily into my life. But I love this family so much that we are teaching, they are going to get baptized and sealed in the temple and I'll remember them and their exemplary diligence and sacrifice forever. I hope Nelson and Diegito become missionaries! I am 150% certain that they will be a family incredibly blessed for all the long way they have come in the gospel now. They are amazing! I am so grateful for all of the members of this Bolognesi Ward, and all of the people I was able to meet and to all of the people to which I was able to bear testimony. I am eternally grateful for my mission, the things I've learned, the servant I've become, and the people I've inspired. 

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness, and I know that it is truer than true. I know that there is no way to be saved in the kingdom of heaven unless God's children exercise faith enough to repent and forsake their sins, sacrifice to leave their carnal desires behind, and humbly follow the example of our Savior until the end. The perfect example Jesus gave us was not just to be baptized, but to be obedient in ALL of the commandments of the Father. I testify that once a person makes a sacred covenant with God is the moment that they begin their spiritual journey, which is the only strait and narrow path that leads to salvation. May we ever press forward with great hope, diligence, faith and charity, helping all of those good hearted but weary men to march onward with great joy. 

Please have the best day ever! I love you all so much! Keep living the Doctrine of Christ every day of the week, studying it, praying to understand it better, and applying it. I pray for the well-being of all of my beautiful family. 

By the way, I must comment before I finish. Yesterday I had extra time in the office and grabbed the ´´My Family´´ pamphlet that is being given out to the new members now to fill out their family history, and I filled it all in with the good digits and even with pictures. I testify that I felt a special and unique, beautiful Spirit as I took time to care about my ancestors. I don't know them that well! And I want more. Grandparents, I'm coming to you after the mission, all of them! I want to know really who these people were, and what they stood for in life. Please if you can send pictures of grandparents Bell, the parents of my Dad, all the grandparents of Dad and all the grandparents of Mom so that I can print them out and complete my booklet. Getting to know people deeply (especially when they're very different from you...from older time period, or another country, etc.) helps you to come to a firmer decision about your own personal standards, and testimony. I know that Family History can be a powerful tool to help us finally come to our conversion in the Restored Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ. I was writing down the testimony of my dear parents in that book, and it made me even eternally more appreciative of them, they're outstanding example from the rest, for all of their love, care, service, and most of all their testimonies. I know that my Mom and my Dad are converted disciples of Christ and they will be eternally blessed for their sacrifice in the Church and for living the Gospel. You have no idea how much that means to me, truly - it brings me to tears. I love you both a lot more than you probably understand. Thank you for raising me up in a way that has helped me come to a strong relationship with my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the sacred Gift of the Holy Ghost. This is my eternal joy. 

Have the best day ever. :)

Love,

Elder Clarke
 

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