Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Admin work, Naches Street, Roxanne, little miracles

Hey Mom!

Seems like there are always things that keep you and the family busy down there! It is the same up here believe it or not. It's been pretty crazy as we are finalizing everything and then working into transfers again. But everything was even better when I was able to get a box with some goods in it from you and also Travis and the fam. It has been so long since I've seen all of you! its crazy! And let everyone know I'm sorry that me writing back is so inconsistant and brief at times. Mondays are probably the busiest days of our week. Anyways, the pants did fit and fit well. I am actually wearing them as I type. VERY NICE! Very thoughtful present with the dog treats. That will come in handy.

Right now we are serving in the Yakima 3rd ward. We are so excited to start working in the area more as the administrative work dies down a little. the funny thing is is that we have a very diverse area in terms of people and life styles. My favorite street right now is probably Naches street. It has alot of interesting people down there but there are the humble ones that we are really looking for. We seem to always find the most passionate and loving people down in those areas and it is really amazing to hear their stories of faith. We talked with this black lady this last week, sorry i can't remember her name. She was so passionate about her belief in Jesus christ and how her trials and struggles that she faced were the one thing that really brought her to Christ. This whole time and she was sharing her "story" you could see she was very passionate about it. I love It! I just love those kind of people. That is the way JJ and LaVaughnda were back in vancouver and it continues to be true. The african americans win my vote on the most passionate and heartfelt people. I love talking with them!

About two days ago Elder Smith and I went and contacted a referral we received from some other missionaries for a lady named Roxanne. When we arrive we hear some voices from the other side of the door and they are speaking spanish. Luckily Elder Smith is a spanish missionary. But sure enough after we conversed with her for some time she spoke really good english. After making it into her house we got to know her and her 8 children, 6 of which were there. She is a mother of 8 and is looking for a church but hasn't really found one. We began to share our message and also talk about what we do. She loaded us with question after question and as we answered her interest began to rise. As we closed the meeting, because we had to go, we testified of the truths that we had taught and the spirit filled the room. We soon closed with a prayer and she asked us when we were coming back. 

Little miracles like that really happen all the time. In our eyes such a small group of words makes our whole time walking in the sun and knocking doors worth every minute. To see someone come to grasp a little of what we share and ask for more is incredible. I enjoy every minute that i spend out here serving the Lord. He has our best interest and is always looking for the next thing that will move us along in the life we live. I know that by the small miracles that occur within our lives we will come to recognize the power and love of god for his children here on earth. Such a large and magnificent truth can be wrought by a simple action. "Witness." Alma 37:6 ".... by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.."

I love you all! Have a great Week!

E. Archibald

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