Monday, May 17, 2010

From Kent 5/17

¡Hola Familia!‏

Amada familia,
It's been an amazing week, that I have to say. One strong in the Spirit, and one incredible. I had a mini-cambio (they're a lot bigger in this zone, having to travel by bus about an hour, busses that only come every hour or so rather than 5 minutes on a bus that comes about two times a minute) that was very interesting, we had a lot of time for studying (late lunches plus bus rides) and for the first time in some time I started diligently STUDYING rather than reading a passage in the Book of Mormon and a few pages of Preach My Gospel. Cross referencing several other books, and with earnest prayer, focused in one specific topic, I can testify of revelation.
The mysteries of God are available if we search them. So much is available if we want it, ask, and then do something about it. If we don't try, if we don't search it out, if we don't humbly ASK God for help, we can stay with just "I don't really get it, but oh well." Can you imagine if Nephi hadn't asked The Lord to see what his father saw? Can you imagine what he would have missed had he replied when the angel asked him "Knowest thou the condescension of God?" with "Yeah, I pretty much get what that is" in fear of appearing an un-intelligent or un-knowing servant? Amazing personal revelation IS available to everyone. I know. Like Limhi I say "O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; yea, and how blind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men; for they will not seek wisdom, neither do they desire that she should rule over them!"
God is willing to bless us with Spiritual guidance and revelation, and if we take it, act on it, write it down, and thank Him, and then ask for more, He'll give it to us. Yesterday we were leaving to go to our planned appointments etc. Right as we were about to leave to visit an investigator that we hadn't talked with for over a week, I felt like we should go contacting up above in a smaller, lowly populated area that we had as back up plan, but then I said we should go to the investigator. We went, she couldn't meet with us, so we started with contacts in this other highly populated sector. After fifteen or twenty minutes without success I asked Elder Richardson "Do you feel like we should be up in that small sector we had as a back up back up plan?" And he said yes, he felt that right as we were leaving, and that he wasn't feeling the contacts where we were. So we gave ourselves a couple kicks and went up to the low population place, talking about how we need to follow these impressions. "There might be somebody there who never will be here again that we need to talk to, or something like that," he said. We started contacting the upper side, and nobody was home. On the fifth house, that was heavily blocked up with a strong fence/wall that you can't see through, a heavy metal door and a doorbell with an intercom, and Catholic stickers on the window, over all a very unlikely house, we decided to contact. Out came the nicest man, David, who had shared with the missionaries a few years ago and really liked it. In getting to know him we learned that he's in the Armada (Navy) and is only here Saturdays and Sundays, and wants us to be able to share with his whole family, and expressed his feelings on how he always felt baby baptism never made sense. Leaving the contact we agreed to always speak when ever we had what could be impressions.
I also came across an Elder McGrath (I believe) who was in Uncle Dave's ward in New Orleans. Always neat to meet connections.
Much love to you all!

Elder Kent Pimentel

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