Elder Sanders

Elder Sanders

Monday, July 30, 2012

Week # 53

Hello Sanders clan,

 I will write fast and in stylish bullet points for I only have a fraction of time due to our P-Day festivities!

-WOW! My jaw just about dropped and my heart lurched with spiritual grandeur after reading about Paige Rabb´s story... wow!  I hope she´s alright, and am glad that she was able to have that experience, as scary as it may have been. I´m SO glad it ended well.

-We have found a new family this week, and they are what we call GOLDEN!  It´s an 18 year old member wife and her non-member super spiritually hungry husband, Alex, and he is to be baptized in 2 weeks!  And he´s already attended church for a month and received an answer to his prayer through a mega-dream!  BLESSINGS!

-Looks like you had fun at the zoo, how´s the family?  (plus, Elder Wells, the missionary who sent chantel a letter, would love a letter, or even a note in return)

-Hm. not too much happened.  Well, the change is over in 2 weeks!  So I think I´ve made some room in my suitcases, so if you wish, you can ask me for some stuff to buy here in Otavalo, and I´ll do my best to see if I can get them!

-MEGA PLUS- congrats to Noah for returning strong from his mission!  Ask him to send a letter for me,
(in fact, ask ALL friends in hearing range to write me, I haven´t received a letter from them since December!)

Well, I hope you´re all well, and to close here is my spiritual thought:

Having true faith in Christ is not just believing in Him, but to believe Him.  True faith is not just believing he exists, but to trust in his word, and to believe that he truly loves us and that we can take confidence in the Atonement.  That´s faith!

-Elder Eden Sanders,  OUT!

(forgot my camera cord, sorry! No photos this week!)

Week #52

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HELLO! This week, as you can see, you are as gifted as a child on Christmas to get some land letter action!  (my only wish is that you can read the handwriting, for it was on a bus....)

BUT!!! Enjoy, and feast on them welll!

-Elder Sanders

The photo from our `invasion`, me contacting a door that is completely sealed in plaster (no idea why, but it was funny!), the mountain by our house on fire (GASP! alas, it has stopped now!), and the letters of wonder, I hope they are in order!

Week #51

¡Ali Shamushka Capachi!   or, welcome! How is everyone faring today?

I am doing rather swell, thanks for your letters! They we´re wonderful, it sounds as if your journey to California was as peachy as ever!  But how nice! Dad is excited for mission work, Chantel is rock climbing, Meikayla is still a golf expert, Madison has a fling for bacon, I´m  well, and super congrats to JORDAN! Preparing to serve the Lord!  ¡Ful Exito!   Ah, it sounds as if it´s been a busy week!

As for us, well, I´d say it went well.  We found a new investigator, sister Yolanda , who is well, and the parents of the Family F accepted a baptismal date!  (But, they failed to attend church and may need a new one to be baptized on time!)  Olga is still UN-progressive, although we have a lesson with her family this next week,  and we gave Brother R a priesthood blessing so that he´ll be able to come to church, because he has ALOT of leg-pain problems, (which is only one of his many obstacles to overcome to be ready for baptism), but all in all, we´ve been busy but not too successful in a conversion sense.

But as for a good story, my companion this past week has been inflicted with all manner of canker-sores in his mouth, and we´ve been looking for some medicine or a remedy to help him.  And it seems as if whenever their´s disease mixed in with an all natural village, everyone is a pharmacist and has their own special remedies for everything.  (for example, our neighbor saw my eyes were red from allergies and suggested I take some leaves from the tree nearby, make a tea, and rub it into my eye!  I did not do it... ;) ) But, the best one we heard, was that a store owner claimed she had a great remedy to help my companion with  his canker sores.  She told us to do the following;  to go down the street where this one man lives who has some black dirt in front of his house, and he is to take this black dirt, make mud of it, and rub it 9 times on his BELLY-BUTTON to get rid of his mouth sores.    Pretty legitimate, eh? We were trying SO HARD not to laugh when she was sharing it with us, it was great.

But, as for a spiritual thought, I´d like to share the power of the word PONDER.
What is pondering?  Simply, it´s just sitting and contemplating gospel principles or scriptures, but it can open up the gateway to revelation.  
For example, in the book of Nephi, it describes that Nephi was sitting, pondering the words his father said about the tree of life vision, and was ´caught up in the spirit´ and had a grand vision.  later, in our dispensation, Joseph F Smith was reading his scriptures, and started to ponder about the atonement, when, he too was ´caught up in the spirit´ and D&3 section 130 was revealed to him.  (Go to your Doctrine and Covenants and read the chapter heading to the section along with the first few verses,  it is powerful!)
But really, it is rather simple, but can be great if used well. In Moroni 10;3-5, it describes that to know the Book of Mormon is true, we must 1-read it 2-ponder it in our hearts and 3 pray to God if it is true, and if we do so, then the answer shall be revealed through the Holy Ghost.

Great, huh?  Take some time to slow down and ponder, it will do you well!

Well, I´m off! Good luck to you all!

-Elder Sanders

PHOTOS;  Here are some pictures of;  Us eating bacon, SUPER rare in Ecuador, (but odd because they kill pigs practically every other day!), a beetle we found outside of a members house, for a sizing, it´s about as big as the palm of your hand, aka HUGE!!!  our new fridge (full of mold and dead bugs, ugh!) and I contemplating how cozy it is to put a Couch in front of your desk instead of a hard, metal chair.  ;D

PS- as for the title, I ate a meal of beans,potatoes, nuts, and corn at a baptism... using only my fingers!  What fun! It´s not that I´m improper, but that´s just how the culture is!