Sunday, February 21, 2016

Power in the truth

Dear Family,

The words that you could define this week by is Change for the Best
ever. It has been crazy the last couple of days taking Elder Crichton
all over to meet people from the ward and also most of the

Tuesday we headed over to one of the other districts for district
meeting and that was good for all of them. We had some really last
second transfers that some people were not ready for so we headed over
to smooth out the tension over there. It went well and all the elders
and sisters understood that they really needed to do this so that they
could help all of their units progress and become the best they can.
When we got home we went and taught sister Tess and her family. It was
one of the most powerful lessons I have ever taught in my whole
mission. Words cannot put into feel what we both felt. Tess's mom said
something very derogatory about the church and Tess corrected her by
using the Doctrines that we had been teaching her. She said the Book
of Mormon was true and that she will never stop until she is sitting
at the feet of God in the Celestial Kingdom. Me and big old Crichton
were almost in tears as the whole thing is going on, never have I seen
someone actually take our true doctrine and teach someone else with

Wednesday was a slower day but it still was super fun, we headed over
to one of our rougher areas. Ill tell you why another day hahah.  But
we were able to teach the Solimon family and it was so good, they are
our family that will be getting baptized on the 26th of February. I
wish all of you could just be here and listen in on the lessons we
have because if you ever had any doubts about the whole mormon thing
you would throw them all away. Brother Solimon is the strongest
convert to the gospel that I have ever met in my entire life. I have
been helping him battle his word of wisdom problem and its been such a
blessing to see a man so low brought so high by the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. When I first started teaching him I did not think they would
work out but as he has really applied the Gospel his life has changed
for ever and they are so excited for the next year in their life so
they can get to the temple.

Thursday we had our stake meeting with the high councilor and it was
great. We as zone leaders have become such a large part of this whole
mission wide change. I love being right here and seeing the affects of
all the hard work and also being able to help areas that need some
help once in a while.

Sunday turned into one of the best days in my mission to date. We woke
up and headed to church praying that all the people we taught would
make the jump and come to church. As we were waiting the church
started to fill up with the works, Members, Less actives,
Investigators for all the missionaries in our ward. Elder Crichton and
I had 9 investigators come to church and then attend all of the
classes. Our ward was so busy with all the new people it was crazy
awesome. We also got to listen to some talks by the couple missionary
s in our ward. The Robinson's will be heading home and they both gave a
powerful witness to the work and how it can help in the Mandurriao
Ward. I really loved how they were able to use  the Holy Ghost to
teach because they cannot speak the language.

The church is true and this week was awesome. I love being a
missionary and would not trade this time for anything in the world,
will I come home forever changed? Yes! and do I think the work is done?
Never. I love you all and until next week.

Elder Swanton

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