May 19, 2014
Mama, thank you so much for everything you do to send me your love! This email this week comforted my heart. I miss you so so much. I strive to remember all of the examples that I have of faith, and that all of my family has so much faith in Jesus Christ! I am striving to strengthen my faith in Him. He doesn't want bad things to happen to me. I need to have faith always that He has a beautiful future in mind if I will follow Him....and that all of the mean, terrible, painful thoughts or feelings that I have come from the adversary. We just have to have the faith to listen to and apply the good thoughts that the Holy Ghost gives us. He is the Comforter that the Lord provides for us. Mama, you are such an incredible example to me of faith. You always strive to trust in the Lord...and I think it is for that that you are such a wonderful person. I want to be more like that! So I am striving to put my trust 100% in the Lord.
I got the box this week! WOO! It came on the same day as the padded mailer from Nana. I am so blessed with such a wonderful family! Even though I am far away I have never felt so loved in my life. I know that when I kneel down to pray at 11:00 every night, my family is also kneeling down to pray, and maybe when I am praying for you, in that moment you are praying for me. The box was so fun. The slippers are the best ever. My feet haven't been cold all week! I also love the scarf. It is gorgeous. Did you make it? Everyone asks me about it. I have already worn the blue cardigan twice and I am saving the new striped sweater for tomorrow...which is our last zone conference with President Rappleye before he goes home! I can't believe he's going home next month. Hermana Núñez and I have really enjoyed the candy and snacks. It's fun to have food from my country. I have a moment where I feel normal. ;) The T-shirts will be put to good use for layering and for P-day.
This week we had some really cool missionary moments. I truly felt like the Lord used us to be His angels in these experiences. For that I titled this email "angels in His hands." Ángeles en Sus manos. On Saturday we went to our little town away from here on the bus, Crucero. We didn't have much time, but we shared with one lady who really needed to hear the Plan of Salvation that day. I felt like the Lord had sent us to Crucero on His errand to visit her and comfort her. Then the taxi driver that took us back to Río Bueno was the same one who had taken us to the chapel earlier in the week. We didn't remember him, but he remembered us. He asked us more about our religion, and since we had 20 minutes or so in the car from Crucero back to town, we could teach him a little bit about our purpose as missionaries and also the love and hope of Jesus Christ. He told us that he felt like it was not a coincidence that he had taken us twice in one week. Maybe he'll come to the church one day! We also talked with a wonderful single mom of two little girls, and one of the little girls is a special needs child. The Spirit was so strong in her home and I felt like it was so wonderful that the Lord had put us there in her house on that particular day to tell her about a church that is for families and about how she can truly be happy.
On Sunday a family in our branch came to church with their dad, PXXXX, who is not baptized. But he was so excited to be there and he has time to listen to the lessons now, and we are thinking that he will get baptized! Will you pray for him? Also for PXXXX (the single mom I talked about) and CXXXX and BXXXX, so that they can know that this church is true and really can bring them happiness and peace. I always run out of time to tell more details about our investigators! We teach a ton of people. But these people I just talked about are the ones that we think can really progress.
I love you so so much! I miss you! I am so thankful for every email, quote, picture, box, letter, that you send to me. You are in my prayers.
Love always, Hermana Latham
P.S. Good luck to Abby and Benjamin as they finish up school! How crazy is that? Another year gone!