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Friday, December 20, 2013

"Ants out ma pants!" --- Dec 16, 2013

This week we have been doing lots of services for others. Ever since our new president got here he has been pushing the service aspect a lot. We are required to do at least one service project a week. We really have been growing our testimonies on it as well. This last week we did three and saw miracles from them. One day this week we saw an old man cutting a stump up in a field with an axe, we headed over and started to help him. It turns out that the stump and all around it was covered in ants, so my comp and I would take turns cutting it up then getting them off.... and out of our pants haha. As it was my turn to get "The ants out ma pants," I went over by where the road is, and was leaning over and heard. "Are you Elder Lloyd?" I looked up and didn't recognize a young boy and girl. I said yes and asked how I could help them, they said. "Well, we are from the family Gracian and we just moved into this area, we are a family of 8 and are looking for the church around here and what time we go." We got their information and visited them that night, turns out it is an inactive family of 8 that moved in a week before, and are looking to come back to church. I know that through the service we were doing we were in the place and time that the Lord needed us to be, I know that what it says in Mosiah is true that when we are in the service of our fellow men we are in the service of God. And he could not be more happy with us! 
Love you all
Elder Lloyd

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dec 9, 2013

Crazy week of running to the offices with marriage papers, running everywhere to get things done, but a great week none the less! We had the great opportunity to baptize an Awesome investigator named Elizabeth, she is about 24 and is the daughter of a member that just recently reactivated. 

She has definitely been one of those golden investigators that you always look for as a missionary. But along the way I have noticed something. Before, we would always go to the house of the Hermana to talk to her daughter, and sometimes we would show up and she wasn't there, so we would always tell her (the mom) to show us where the house is and come with us to visit her there, and she would always tell us. "NO! I'm not going she lives with here boyfriend and mother in law, and they don't like this sort of stuff and will be rude to you!" So we wouldn't go. Then one day we got the directions to where they lived and went by ourselves. We got there and she wasn't there either but her boyfriend was, we talked for a little bit and asked if he would like to talk to us he said yeah and we had a great lesson. From there we have talked with and taught his cousins mom, dad and lots from their REALLY big family, and they love it. His mother especially loves us and talking to us, you can really tell these are people that need the Gospel in  there lives. I have been really realizing in this past week that we need to share the Gospel with everyone, even if we don't think that they are going to accept it is worth a try, and if we don't try they might never have the chance to find what they don't even know they are looking for, and have this incredible light in their lives. The Holy Ghost will put into our minds who these people are and its our job to get over our fears, and doubts and do what our Father and Jesus Christ need to be done!
Thank you for all the love and prayers.
 Elder Lloyd

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dec 2, 2013- Having the spirit guide us in everything we do

  This week was a very good and special week. We had the baptism of Juan and it was incredible, I will never forget seeing him leave the water and then cover his face as he started to cry, and then share his testimony of how the whole week he had been thinking of how his sins would really be washed away, then when he came out of the water he KNEW that they were all forgiven.
(Baptism of Juan Elder Ceollo, Juan, Ward Mission leader, me)
This week we got the chance to have Elder Villalobos from the Quorum of the 70 come and talk to our zone in a conference. He talked a lot about something very big in our lives and VERY important as missionaries. He talked about us being worthy to have the Spirit guide us in everything that we do. We had an experience of this during the week. We were walking and a couple of our citas had fallen through, so we thought where does the Lord need us? Then a name of a lady who I had never met popped into my head. Someone that my other comp had talked to when I was on divisions. In an area where we heard that a house had burned down, but not thought anything of it. So we headed off, we got to the door and a middle aged man came to the door, we asked for the women and he went inside to see, a middle aged women came to the door and told us no she wasn't there. So we started talking to this women named Laurena. We asked her if she had talked to missionaries before, she said yes and we asked if we could share a message with her. She said, "Yes, but this isn't my house, my house burned down 3 days ago, and we are here until we can find out what to do, would you like to do it here or in the other house?" We said the other house, we got there and it was just walls, a humble family of 6 four kids under the age of 11-- that had not a lot to begin with; now have almost nothing.... We entered and shared our message and in the midst of all the disaster was such a sweet spirit. We then promised her that we would do everything in our power to get the house back into condition and better. This week we have put in every morning into rebuilding the house with other missionaries and soon the ward.
I know that the Spirit will guide us and tell us the things we need to do, like to arrive where that family was, but it is not our work it is the Lords and to have that happen we need to do it His way, and be 100% at the top of our game. The Holy Ghost is real, he is our companion and a friend when we need our guide and the way we know this IS the church of Jesus Christ and no one else's. But we need to be worthy to have him with us. 
Love you all
 Elder Lloyd


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