Tuesday, December 23, 2014

White Christmas

Thank you everyone for all the messages of encouragement and love that you´ve sent me during this Christmas Season. I really hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you are able to remember the real reason for it.
This week we had the opportunity (finally) to speak with a family, we have an investigator whos wife has been in Puntarenas (like 2 hours or more away) and he doesn´t want to be baptized until they decide to make this decision together, because he doesn´t want his family to go to two different churches or anything like that. So, we´ve been waiting a super long time for her to finally be able to leave her job and make the change to here in Heredia. This last sunday we finally were able to meet with them as a couple, and we taught the message of the restoration. At first the wife seemed slow to accept what we were saying, like she was judging our words. But, with time, she came to understand our message and began to accept it. Interestingly enough the changing point in our lesson came when we taught the message of the first vision, when Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son in the Sacred Grove. We testified, and the Holy Ghost added power to our words, her heart was softened and she began to grow in her faith.
To be able to see a situation like this, the changing power of the Holy Ghost unto conversion, is very rewarding, and it strengthens my testimony. We should not doubt, we should not fear, and we should not wait. Our Savior and Redeemer paid the price already, all we have to do is press forward following his example. I love you all very much, and as I said am very grateful for your messages of comfort and encouragement. I hope that in this Christmas Season you find joy in our Savior, in his birth, and in his sacrifice. Feliz Navidad Amados Hermanos Mios! =)
        Elder Lohberg

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Hey, not sure how much you know, but the mission is splitting in july of this year. The missionaries are all going to be called to a new mission is what i heard. like, the prophet and apostles will pray again and we get put in one of the two. Everyone WILL get a new mission call i think, that´s what president said.  The first mission is Costa Rica San Jose West that´s the one i want to be in (along with everyone else here haha) it includes: Guanacaste, Alajuela, Heredia, and part of San Jose (La Sabana) the other is San Jose Costa Rica East, which is: Limon, Cartago, Puntarenas, another area, and part of San Jose.

oh hey, we went to the temple thursday too, forgot to mention that. It was cool, a little weird to do it in spanish and the video was way old.
another mom sent these to the elders

stocking given to the elders from the bishops wife I think

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