Llama

Llama

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dropped on My Head







Mom

So i will be Skyping on Christmas day!! We have several options of where we can go. What time would be best for y'all?

Well, this week was awesome like always. I don't know why, but people just keep falling into our laps. For example, this week we come to church and we are there saying hi to all the members when a member comes up to us and says elders this is my grandson he has never stepped foot into the church before. His mom, my daughter, sent me to bring him to the chapel so y'all could give him a blessing of comfort. His mom is a member and she is  less active and isn't comfortable to come yet, but she wants y'all to give him a blessing. So of course we did. Before we gave the blessing we asked what the problem was and the grandpa said he's super nervous and randomly he will just freeze up and cry. The little kid says its because he's seeing shadows and spirits in their house. S,o we get the idea hey we could go dedicate the house for this less active lady. So she lets us in and we do the dedication prayer. Afterwards we are just talking to her about everything and she starts crying, and we ask what is wrong. She said nothing she was just so grateful that the missionaries would come and visit her and she wants to come back to church but doesn't know how. So we will start teaching this sister because of the faith she had in the priesthood to help her son. We also ended up giving her a blessing too.

Another story
So we are teaching this guy who has received the lessons before from missionaries. He wants to get baptized but he feels something is holding him back. We go through the baptismal interview questions with him because he also asked about that what they were and all that stuff. He gets to the part about knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet and he says that's my problem. I have doubts about that. So we pull out the Book of Mormon and tell him this is the evidence of Joesph Smith and read Moroni 10:3-5 then he looks at another verse where it says that Moroni will be at the judgement bar and God will say didn't I send this man and his writings as a voice crying from the dust. He read that and in that moment he said elders I want to get baptized; who do i need to talk to. 

There are miracles happening all around us. We just have to be prepared to see them. Keep up the work of salvation y'all can do it.

Love
Elder Kotter



















Monday, December 8, 2014

"Who Doesn't Want to be in the Jungle?"









Mom,

So things are going good. Like you said it was just a normal week. Several miracles, yeah, just a normal week as a missionary. Do you remember that investigator I told you about way back in the day named Leo. Well we had to stop our visits with him because he wasn't progressing at all. He never gave us the time of day. He always said he was super busy. Guess what..he wants to get baptized now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was awesome to see that. We got told that from a member in the branch and so we were like yeah well go visit him. He sat us right down and said I thought y'all would never come. Elders I want to get baptized what do I have to do to have that happen? As you can imagine we were a little taken back. One way to throw a missionary off is to do what they want you to do. So we are teaching him again. We haven't set a date yet  but yeah that was an awesome story from this week. Also another investigator that we had, a family that we had stopped teaching, we are teaching them again and we found a new family. My prayers really are being answered. I've been praying more and more for families to teach because that's what the gospel is all about. It's about being with your family for all of eternity. So yeah its awesome we are finding more families. So that was basically my week just doing the work of the Lord. I've been looking for a nativity scene but haven't found one from the jungle. I'll keep looking. Mom I love you so much keep the faith and know that I'm here praying for y'all.

Love,
Elder Kotter


Dad

Yeah I know I have 18 months but I'll be serious I am just sad. I don't want the mission to end. I just feel like the mission these last couple of months has been super fast and everyone says it just goes faster and I'm sad and scared. I just wish I could be a missionary forever. Even with all the trials the happy moments make up for it a hundred times more. I love you dad keep being awesome

Love,
Elder Kotter