Thursday, February 12, 2015

Feb. 9th update - a few days late. :)

This week's update is slow in coming because I've been so busy, but here we go! 

Elder Reed is doing well. They were able to go to the Lima Temple this week, and it helped strengthen him. His spiritual thought for this week comes from Doctrine & Covenants 132:19. It speaks of being sealed with your family for all eternity, and the glory of eternal families. Truly wonderful blessings from a loving Heavenly Father!

Elder Reed says that he is gaining a little weight, but that his companion shared that it will probably go away when he is transferred - apparently his pensionista is a wonderful cook! :) Elder Reed wrote a lot in Spanish, which I've tried to translate, but some of his handwriting is difficult to read - here's the gist of what I was trying to translate (and I'm hoping I came close!). Overall, he says thank you to everyone, that he is reading, eating, sharing, and laughing. I think he also talked about how difficult it is to get the people to speak slower and not so loudly. He said he was writing in both English and Spanish to share his skills. [I think he is doing well!] :)

Elder Reed shared an experience he and his companion had one day last week [which I hope I can share accurately - as Elder Reed's handwriting is... well... not always easy to read. :)]. It was a 6-lesson day (whew!). When they visited one individual, he was smoking. Elder Moreyra (Elder Reed's new companion) asked the individual how much he wanted to change (on a scale of 1-6) and the response was a 9! The next question was apparently whether or not E. Moreyra could do something about it, and the Elders said "Yes". E. Moreyra proceeded to take the lit cigarette away, as well as all the other cigarettes, and disposed of them! They were able to continue their lesson after that!

Elder Reed is busy sharing the Gospel with the people of Peru, and shares his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all who will listen. One quote from his journals, "the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is a wonderful gift!" This is so true!

Hi Elders - I think this is Elder Reed & Elder Jones

A shirt for his dad

Thank you all for your continued love and support and prayers - I know he is strengthened by that!