Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Dog that (Almost) Got Away

So, yesterday we were out in Aratiri taking some beds to some missionaries. The chapel is right on the ruta, basically a freeway and there are cars flying by all the time. But, people still cross it like nothing. It has a huge cement barrier in the middle with some slits every once in awhile and the people just sit in the slits waiting to pass..even moto's will try and fit, but they just hang out the front and back. Anyways, So yesterday a super small dog started crossing. Instantly, that dog was a gonner. It didn't even look, just crossed in front of cars. But, somehow-basically a miracle, a van came to a screeching stop and this tiny dog curled up and ran back to the side yelping and freeeeeaking out. It was hopping on 3 legs so we figured it broke its leg or something. It came to the fence of the church and spazzed its way over to us. It laid down next to us so E. Parada started to pet it. It had a tiny small burn mark on its leg but it luckily didn't get hit. After about 3 min, the missionaries got to the church to open it up. So we went inside, got the beds and took them to their house and went back to the church to get more beds for another area. When we got back, we were about to unlock the gate when I noticed the dog was still there! Only this wasn't breathing. This dog literally got scared to death. We watched it somehow escape, but it freaked out so much we think it got a heart attack. We were in shock bc as we petted it, it stopped yelping and just laid right by us annd seemed super happy, still breathing hard, but happy. But then, somehow it just died... It was super sad, but that's my story for the week! haha

On a happier note, "J" came to church again!! His baptism date is now in October to help him prepare a little better! We are so blessed to have found him! This week, we talked a lot about repentance and baptism. The way he feels about God and his internal need to find the truth and do it correctly is amazing. Every time, he always comments on something new he learned and what he can do now to help him in his daily life! 

Being in the office, I get to see what the church is talking about. This week, the released this Religious Freedom Site 

I honestly do not have any idea what is happening in the US right now, but I haven't heard of too much talk of laws against religious freedom from my parents..So it reminds me of that time when Gordon B. Hinkley advised everyone to get debt-free...A few years later, the economy crashed. The Lord has given us modern day prophets to guide those who listen to him to happiness. To me, the apostoles and prophet are hitting religious freedom HUGE right now on I know without a doubt they receive revelation for what will come in the future so I know that soon, the freedom of religion will be so restricted that us members will have a hard time living the way we know we should. Any members of any religion for that matter will have a hard time. On the site there are some really great videos and examples of expressing our beliefs in a good way. Hopefully you have some time to check it out. Remember, in the 2014 April General Conference, Elder Holland said, "Be strong. Live the gospel faithfully even if others don't live it at all. Defend your beliefs with courtesy and compassion, but defend them."
We all need to defend our beliefs and defend the rights of all to worship how they choose. If we aren't united, everyone loses the freedom. Hope you have some time to check that site out. It is super cool!

Make it a great week!
Brody and Elder Crofts from last weeks race

This is a video of Elder Parada

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