Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I Dare You with Love (24 February 2016)

Hello Everyone,

What a weird but awesome week we have had here.

- Got pretty sick this week. Still fighting it.

- Working out every night hard. Yoga in the mornings. 

- We did a look-up of a person who had supposedly been looking into the church before. He oddly let us in and talked about how his brother lets us sleep at his house. We were super confused, and he then told us that his brother was very high in our church. We did not recognize his name, so he said he was going to have him come over. Wasn't home, so he called him. We told him our names and that we were new in the area and that we were trying meet the members. We told him we were from New Paltz, and he said that it was impossible because the New Paltz missionaries don't cover the area where he lived (we were in a different town). We told him we did, and he asked us what our "area cards were"? Well, come to find out, he is a Jehovah's Witness, and we got so deep into it not knowing that they were such that we had no way of backing out of it. So, we pretended like we were JWs. Quite a funny experience. We left a Book of Mormon on his porch so he probably knows now who we are. :)

- Right after the experience above, I was driving 50 in a 30 MPH zone (I thought the speed limit was 45) and got pulled over by a cop. He asked where we were coming from, and we told him we were missionaries from our church just coming home from an appointment. He asked me if I have ever gotten a ticket in New York, California or anywhere in-between. Said no. He looked at my name tag, thought for a second, and then gave me back my license and told us to be careful going home and to keep up the good work. God is good. That would have been a $300 plus ticket :)

- Last week we went over to a member’s house to have dinner with them. Within the house is an older man who is not a member of the Church. Well, 25 years earlier on that day, his wife had passed away. He was lonely, and you could tell he missed her. The head of the household asked us if we could go and pray with him. We did, and then we started to learn more about his family. We talked and ended up teaching him that he CAN be with his wife again, and we shared how he can. We taught him the plan of salvation mixed with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We invited him to be baptized on the very first contact and he said yes!  By the time we finished the lesson, we had to go to our next appointment and never even got to teach the family. But God knew why we needed to go over there, and it was for this man. Well, this week we went over there, taught him the restoration of the gospel, and he is now on date to be baptized the 2nd of April.

God is a god of miracles, but he gives us this life as our playing ground.  This life is a training.  God never leaves us, we leave Him, and as we try to get closer to Him, He will guide us through this life perfectly.  Don’t think it can happen?  Try it.  I dare you.

I dare you with love,

- Elder Celaya

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