April 23, 2012
This week has been the best week of the mission
in a long time! No problems, no changes, just work! Elder Cabrera and I
are having a lot of fun and working hard. He really is a great
missionary, he just got caught up in a house full of disobedient
missionaries, and he got sucked into the temptation of that. It is great
to be here with him again! So, as we figured, we are staying here again
for this transfer! It will probably only be for 3 weeks though, because
his visa should be here in 3 weeks. After that, who knows what will
happen! Elder Hall is getting sent to the capital, to work in Cristol
Ray! He is leaving San Cristobal before me.....but he is getting sent
to a really dangerous area, so keep him in your prayers! Elder Day is
going to Azua, and besides that, nothing too exciting! In other news, I
got to talk with Elder Gatherum the other night, and that was fun! He
was on an intercambio with Elder Day, and they called me up, and we had a
nice little chat. He sounds like he is really loving the mission, and
it was nice to talk to him and learn what's going on in the world of the
teenagers in Hyde Park.
This week has been another great learning experience for me in the
mission. I know I have said it a million times, but I am just so
grateful to be on the mission. I have learned so many things that I
could not have learned anywhere else, or doing anything else. It really
is true that the mission field is really the MTC for the rest of life.
It prepares us in so many ways to hopefully be the men that the Lord
wants us to be. This week I had an opportunity to do my first baptism
interview. It was an extremely fun experience to talk with someone who
just had a burning desire to get baptized. I am constantly amazed by
the people who have been prepared by the Lord. This amazing lady can't
read or write, but she bore a testimony of the Gospel that just about
brought me to tears. It was an awesome experience!
This week I really learned a lot from the scriptures also. This
week I was reading in the Book of Moroni, and I found a part that really
stuck out to me. In Chapter 7 in verse 40 it says.... And again, my
beloved brethren, I would speak unto you concerning hope. How is it
that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope? in 41 we find
the answer. And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto
that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of
his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of
your faith in him according to the promise. 42 Wherefore, if a man
have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be
We always need to have hope and faith for the future!
Sometimes it is so unclear, but we have the promise that if we always
stay true to the Gospel, we will always have the things that we need! I
invite you to all read and study Chapter 7 of Moroni. It is so powerful
and applicable to us. I love the Book of Mormon. Every time that I read
it I feel the power that it gives me. I feel the Spirit teaching me,
and testifying that it is true. I hope that you all do the same.
This week really has been great! Elder Cabrera and I are great
friends, and we get along great! We are always laughing and talking, and
it makes the work so fun! He wants to learn English, so I'm teaching
him English and he is teaching me more Spanish! I am going to shoot
some video of him someday to send you guys, he is absolutely hilarious.
This is really just a scattered letter, I feel like after 6 months
in the mission I just repeat myself every Monday. I just want you to
all know how much I love you! I am grateful for everything that you do
for me, and for the great family that you are!
Elder Riley Ted Reeder
P.S. - We get to talk in like 3 weeks....sweet!!
I made some freaking delicious Chicken Alfredo this week! My comp even
liked it. I took pictures, but I forgot my camera....Sorry! Thanks
for all that stuff!
P.S.S.S. - Thanks for the pictures Dad! They were
awesome! I did notice that you guys took out the tree that was by the
sidewalk in front of the house, what happened there?