Monday, February 23, 2015

Mas O Menos

Sector- Renca, Santiago
Companero- Elder Millerd
Carta- #76

Hey family!!

Hahaha! Dad, thanks for the video, I hope I can watch it!! Its 8 mins long, but I'll do it!! You tha bestttt

Well this week has been like a mas o menos week haha but we did have some success. It looks like were going to have a baptism the 8th of March so we're praying a lot for that! We just had to do a lot of things this week that had nothing to do with missionary work, so we didn't get much done. We had to go renew my visa, and we had to wait in a room for 7 hours before we could do it. It was sooooo horrible. and we had to go back another day, and wait another 3 hours, ahhh it was horrible, but its done now!!

We have been working a lot with a guy named Eduardo. He's the one that's going to get baptized on the 8th and he used to be a hard core drug addict. He was sooooo into the drugs. But like two years ago he left all of that, and he always tells us how God was the only one that could have helped him leave that horrible phase in his life. When we passed by the first time he was living with his girlfriend, but recently his girlfriend of 13 years left him for another guy, left him with 4 kids. So that's been hard for him. But he looks at the positive side, saying now he can be baptized and now God has something bigger and better planned for him. He says he hasn't been closer to God ever in his life. He really is amazing, and its amazing to see how much someone can change! From being a drug addict, to converting to the gospel. It's amazing what God can do. 

This week was just hard because really everyday, I feel like it's a wrestle in my head. Because I swear Satan works on me SOOO hard. He just makes me worry, he makes me fear, and he makes me just doubt. And then I just get down on my self for being so weak and not having faith. Ha, literally sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy. And when I pray I get comfort and peace for that moment, then my thoughts just go off. and It's just hard. I have done so much, so Idk what do you think I can do to get better? that's the only thing that's been getting me down lately. But I know I'll just keep moving on moving forward. Just tired of wrestling with my thoughts everyyyday! haha But I know that it will go away once I exercise faith!

Thank you family for everything!!!!

Elder Nate Dirkmaat

Monday, February 16, 2015

Be Diligent!

Sector- Renca, Santiago
Companero- Elder Millerd
Carta- #75

Wowwwww that trip looks like it was siiiiiiiickk!!! Are we gonna be able to go on that boat when I get home??! We should do that the first night that'd be sooo sickkk hahah!

WOW! BOBBYS ENGAGED!!!!! WHHHATTT, siiickkk. did you guys ask him how he feels!? So crazy!! hahah at least he's waiting for me to get married. That's going to be amazing to be able to go to his sealing, after not seeing him for 4 years!!! I'm so excited for that its going to be amazinggg!

Well this week for me was SO much better. And although our other investigators are still lacking, and falling off the cliff, we found SOOO many good investigators this week!! It was a miracle!!!! Its just amazing how after our Diligence in working, God gives us the blessings. but we have to be diligent, and pass the tests. Show God that we are ready to receive His blessings. We wouldn't ever grow if we never had to go through the testing period. And if God was always showing us the blessings and miracles. God has to give us some time to show him that we have faith. We have to walk in the dark a little to find more light. Sometimes when we're in the dark, we panic and think God's not there, but if we understand better how He's making us grow, we will have faith in those moments and always keep moving forward, instead of going back. I've seen sooo many prayers answered this week. So much comfort when I've needed it, and my testimony is being strengthened every single day!! I'm so grateful for the opportunities God gives me to grow into a better person every single day. I hope I can always have faith and hope for the future. because I know God has so many things in store for me!! it's amazing. I can't believe how much God has blessed me in my life. It really blows my mind. I LOVE it.

Thank you for your amazing emails!!! the pics are sick!!! I miss you guys a lot!!!!

Elder Nate Dirkmaat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Go and Do!

Sector- Renca, Santiago
Companero- Elder Millerd
Carta- #74

hellooo alllll,

Well this week was a little hard. Because our investigators this week kind of fell down the drain haha. It was hard to see how hard Satan works on every one of them. Because its so real how much he works on every one of us so that we are not happy. We went to go teach Juan Carlos after we put him and his daughter with baptismal dates for the 8th of march, and we found him just completellyyyy drunk hahaha and we went with a member telling him how great this investigator is and how he wants to change so much and hes excited for his baptism. And he answers the door just COMPLETELY drunk hahah. I was like wooowwwwwwww this suuuuckks. Also our other investigator with a baptismal date wasn't there this week, so it was just kind of a hard week all in all. But we keep working hard. This week was hard, but I feel like we worked really really hard this week. And I know that God will bless us for our diligence. I know that we will start to see the blessings. I just hope that they will get here soon! hahah

I'm soooo happy I get to go to Bobby's sealing and wedding!!! its going to be amazing!!! especially because I'm getting back onnnnn his birthday!!!! august 12th!!! that's going to be amazing!!! I have 6 months left everyone, here comes the count down, and the time where I need to really start working out to get ready to SHRED the GNAR. hahah 

But I was thinking the other night that I really don't have that much time left, and that I need to start working even harder because I really really want to be able to accomplish all that I was sent to do here. And I feel like I haven't done much. So I really am going to work hard these last 6 months, because I know God will bless me for it, and I know that God has people waiting for my testimony still. I just hope I can complete with what God wants me to do here.

I'm SO glad I'm going to the wedding!!! after 4 years of not seeing Bobby I'll be able to go to that special moment siiiicckk!!! and we`ll be able to see each other on his b-day also. I'm so happy!!!!!
I love you family!!!! thank you for your emails they're the best!!!

Elder Nate Dirkmaat

Monday, February 2, 2015

Faithful to the End!

Sector- Renca, Santiago
Companero- Elder Millerd
Carta- #73

HEYYYY Family,

This week was a good week but at the same time reallllyyy hard, cuz I had some moments that were super hard, but also we had some success.

Well the hard moment was when we were fasting on Saturday, and it was 110 degrees outside, and we couldn't drink annnnyyy water. And on top of it allll NO ONE let us in, and on top of that, I had diarrhea that day. I went poop like 9 times. Just completely dehydrated, so I had to drink like one glass of water. But that was seriously so hard, I was dying. But I know that we have to pass through those moments with faith. Knowing that the Lord is trying us to see if we are faithful not only in the good moments, but also the hard moments. And I know if I'm faithful, he will bless us sooooo much here in this sector. 

This week we have been teaching a bunch of people, but they alllll have one thing in common. They ALL have to kneel down and pray to ask if these things are true. So we fasted this week that they will be able to receive their answers. And that they will be able to recognize those answers. I know that the fast is powerful, so I'm waiting to see the answer, if its Gods will :)

Wow sounds like Bobby is just gettin readdddyyyy!!! that's crazy!!!  I Love you Guys so much!!! Thank you for the emails. They always help me.  The other night I was telling my companion how SICK my parents are. haha!! and how they raised me perfectly. So thak you. You guys are the Sickest hahah

Elder Nate Dirkmaat