Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Week 11 - Baptism Commitment, Reactivation, a Testimony

My Dear Family,

Thank you very much for the pictures and for writing me! I always love it!

Mission life out here is great! There are hard days, but there are also good days. Last Monday, we were actually able to set a baptismal date with an investigator named Griselda for this Saturday! :D She's 19 and has a 2 year old daughter, and quite a while ago, she had an amazing spiritual experience, so that she knows deeply that the Book of Mormon, and the church, is true. I'm so excited for her to get baptized! And I'm hoping and praying that she continues strong to her baptism! Yesterday, we were able to get one of our Less-Active members to church! He's about 15 and has been in some serious trouble with the law, but he's starting to turn his life around and is starting to come to church again! So exciting!! :D Our other investigators are still struggling to commit to baptism. They're scared of falling away a few years down the road, or that they're still gonna make mistakes and get judged by people. But our Ward Mission Leader is awesome and I'm wanting to get his help with these people so that they can overcome their fears and concerns. The next time that we see Tommy, we're going to teach him about how the Bible and the Book of Mormon really are equally important and that they help each other and testify of Christ. Because right now, he wants to just read the Bible and get an understanding of it and then get into the Book of Mormon later, instead of reading out of both at once. But we're wanting to teach him that honestly reading out of both really answers the questions that he has about different concerns that he has.

Spanish is coming along better! I've learned a lot in these past 11 weeks here in California! I'm very grateful for the missionaries that have taught me all that Spanish! It's definitely making a lot more sense now! Understanding people when they speak is still difficult, but I'm trying the best I can to understand them, and little by little, it's becoming easier.

There are days when I doubt myself or things that I want to say or do, and that's something that I have been honestly struggling with since the start. I try to get better at not doing that, but it's hard sometimes. I can only pray and rely on the Lord that He will help me and take away my fears.

I know that God lives. I know that Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God, like the Bible. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that he Restored Christ's church again on the earth. If it had not been taken away in the Great Apostasy, there would have been no need for a restoration, but it was taken from the earth along with the priesthood, and it has been restored to the earth again in these days by Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today, and that he leads and guides us according to God's will.

Please continue to write and email when you can! I love hearing from you all!

With much love,

Elder Patrick Wockenfuss

O yeah, and that Less-Active member that came to church yesterday drew my last name in a pretty cool way on a tie!! I thought it was super cool!!

Is that cool, or what?

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