Still here...

Posted by cameron and chelsea , Monday, October 13, 2014 1:03 PM

This week has been interesting.. Elder Lopez got transfered to huancayo, and i am still here in primavera huanuco. My new companion is Elder Cook, from Idaho Falls. He has been out for 13 months and his spanish is really good. I dont know, I thought I was getting transfered out but I didnt. Thats ok!! 

So the scariest thing happened to elder cook and i on saturday!!! It was scary, and i dont know if what i said was right or not but its what the spirit told me.

Anyways... here we go... So we were contacting and it was getting really hot and we just wanted to go and teach some one new... so after knocking on doors for 2 hours finally these three sisters let us in to teach them!!! SWEET!! welll... no... not sweet.. haha. We started teaching them, and we were feeling the spirit so much!! Like we were almost done with all of lesson 1 and they were interested and they were asking questions!! It was awesome.. then when we were reading james 1:5, we here the door starting to open.. and there faces of the girls was just like... oh   dang...This tall,, talll big, big strong white guy came in the door!!! He was huge!!! His name was Gary, and he spoke english and Spanish.. and just in a really rude voice he said ¨well howdy, what are yall doing in my house?¨ And thats when the bible bash began!!! His name was gary, he was from tyler texas!!! He has a big red beard and red hair, and was wearing a country shirt and all. Apparently he was atheist in texas, and then his friend converted him to orthodox christianity. Then 20 years ago he moved to huanuco peru and he now owns his own church from his house. But man was he rude to us, he just interupted our lesson and the spirit, and said ¨lets talk boys¨!! I was scared.... terrified even.. He was asking us questions about how we were born in the church and that we shouldnt just jump off the bridge into a dark hole. He was just bombing us and tearing us apart about how we are wrong. He was like, you could take a swab test from any one of my daughters ( who are latina) and see that they have no trace to jerusalem. And that there arent any traces of people from that time, or there isnt any horses in the americas!! I was just like really!! Then he brought up ole joe smith about he discovered some mysterious plates in the woods.. that werent in hebrew but in egyptian, and that no one could translate that because they didnt have rosetta stone. Elder cook asked if he knew what faith was and he said yes that he has faith in christ, but just praying and ¨feeling an answer¨isnt good enough, he said faith has to have evidence. And then he was like ¨with your church it doesnt look like your faith is doing to well¨. He was just going on and on asking about where all my moms live and just rude hurtful things, and he was loud ( and big) and i was just scared. But then the spirit just manbifested and spoke like afterward i was just like wow... i really said that?!? Even elder cook was like woah elder... So what had happened was i was sitting in my chair the whole time while he was blasting on our faith and this is what i did ( my head was hurting so bad as if it was about to explode), I stood up, i looked him in the eye, ( i didnt yell but i was  bold and strong with what i said) AS MISSIONARIES AND REPRESENATIVES OF JESUS CHRIST WE ARE NOT JUMPING INTO A BLACK HOLE. WE DONT NEED SIGNS AND EVIDENCE TO HAVE FAITH AND BELIEVE IN THIS. Then i said, YOU WANT EVIDENCE, HERE (i gave him a book of mormon) THERE IS YOUR EVIDENCE! (i then went on and said) YOU CALL YOURSELF A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST BUT ALL YOU ARE TRYING TO DO IS TEAR APART WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE AND MY FAITH. AS A REPRESENATIVE OF JESUS CHRIST I COMMAND YOU TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE SAID TO US.Then he just froze and was silentt.. theni walked out side my head was just on fire! It hurt so much! I didnt even know what i had said.. i had to think about it that night. 

So family, friends... haha. There are people out there in the world that are trying to bring us down, but we have to keep getting stronger. ¨For I know that I am nothing, that I do not glory in myself, but that I glory in him, that i may be an instrument in the lords hands¨. Dad, mom... i want to thank you for teaching me this gospel, for making my testimony stronger. And for my brothers and for my family, and friends, for always being there for me when i need an example. I know for my self that this is true, that this IS the church of jesus christ.. this isnt my church, its his.. and i am going to do all i can to share it with others through the holy spirit. I love yall, and i hope that everyone is safe, i pray for all of yall everyday, for i know this life isnt easy... I spent my first 4 weeks in the field throwing up every night, getting no sleep, i know how it feels to feel like you have nothing going for you.. But i know im not alone out here, and for that reason im going to keep on doing all that i can everyday as hard as i can. When my body begs for rest I give myself this rallying cry ¨I knbow that my redeemer lives¨! I know it.

Elder Thatcher


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