Elder Colton

Elder Colton

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ishmael Returning Home

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,
Thank you to everyone who sent me ideas for Family Home Evening ideas. 
On a random note, I apologize to people who have sent letters in the past month and haven't gotten a response yet.  Our preparation days (each Monday), which are the only days when we have time to write letters, have been a little crazy for the past few weeks.  So don't hate me (Matthew 7:1). Love you all :)
Lilia, Eduardo, and Ishamel were all baptized this past weekend and it was incredible.  Each one of them has a testimony of Christ and the smiles on their face show that better than anything else.
The downside of the week, which later became an upside, was with the fourth member of the family who had planned on being baptized: Ishmael.  He's sixteen years old and for most of his life, hasn't had a dad and has served as the "man of the house" or whatever you want to call it.  This past week, everything got a little too much for him and he ran away from home for a few days.  After the baptism on Saturday evening, Elder Camacho, my companion, plus all of Lilia's family, most of our ward, and many other people prayed for Ishmael.  And because God answers prays, Ishmael showed up at his house on Sunday morning and wanted to go to church.  Tonight, we're going to visit him at home and see what he wants to do.  But it strengthened my testimony that God truly does answer our prayers. 
-Elder Colton

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