Does the choir count as fellowshipping?

So this week in San Felipe was pretty missionary-like. We contacted people. We taught people about the gospel and the restoration (spell check?), and we even brought people to church (best family ever). But yea thats about what happened. But the family that came to church is awesome, its the family that I was telling ya’ll about like two weeks ago (Luciano, Jimena and their two kids Abiel and Luciana… the mom Maria couldn’t make it this week). But they´re awesome. They didn’t go last week because they were all sick but called us specifically to let us know that they would be going to church on Sunday either way this last Sunday… and the did (Don´t you just love it when people tell the truth?). 

But yea so they went to church… Loved it. But one of the hermanas from the Soc-Soc (sociedad de socorro.. or the releif society) asked if they could sing. The wife, Jimena, said yes. The family is now part of the ward choir… I love this family and also I love the small acts like that that the members can do to help those friends that are investigating the church. 

But other than that the week went pretty normal. 

Peanut butter and Nutella with bananas on toast!!!!

One thing though. So a new law was released here in Chile and everyone that rides a bike after like 6 at night has to wear a shiny orange reflector vest. And we happen to ride bikes after 6 at night. So we have to wear shiny orange reflector vests. Which isn’t bad, they keep us safe. But as if we didn’t already stand out enough, and the people didn’t already think we were weird enough. Now we have brightly colored jackets…. But it is how it is. 

Spiritual thought:

In the first chapter of book of Alma we read of the persecutions that those of the church had to go through by the hand of those that were not a part of the church. And in verse 25 we read:

Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.

We read of the patience through sufferings that the members of the church had. That they were “steadfast and immovable” in the commandments and their duties. 

It goes on to say that the kept on with their callings in the church, like teaching one another and visiting the sick and giving to the needy. And with that slowly the began to prosper. and in their prosperous circumstances they remained humble and never forgot those in greater need. 

Exercising the patience in trial is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And as we put in our best effort to do so we begin to prosper spiritual and temporally. (I would say mostly spiritually)

Elder Rusick 


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