How is everything going up there? Can I just say that I would not mind living in this city. It is incredible but we are in the Beverly Hills of Cuidad de Guatemala. Sooo until we go out that is my opinion. Speaking of that, Monday is my first day of proselyting. We are going to go out and knock doors and walk on the streets by ourselves. I am so excited even thought my Spanish is not the best.
This week has been pretty uneventful. This past week I have really been focusing on the gospel and trying to build my testimony. Every missionary wonders if they are being led by the Spirit so we watched this talk by President Bednar about recognizing the Spirit and he talked about how most of the time he does not feel the Spirit tell him things he is just worthy to receive it and the Lord knows he is obedient.
He told a story about himself and President Packer I believe. When Bednar was a missionary he was the AP and he received a call from President Packer saying that he needed to be picked up at the airport. He said he picked President Packer up and dropped him off at a train station, gave him 20 franks and never thought about it again. Well, little did he know, years later after he was sustained a member of the 12, he would see President Packer again. He said the first day he was in the temple for a meeting he asked, " President Packer, do you remember when I picked you up from the airport and took you to the train station?" President Packer said, "Do you remember picking me up and taking me to the train station and giving me 20 franks?" President Bednar said it sounded familiar. Packer said that 20 franks saved our lives. He said when they approached the Berlin Wall they were checking passports and Packer's wife had a passport extension which they did not believe was valid. If you did not have a regular passport they would kick you off the train and put you in jail. The official checked it and said they had to get off. President Packer was arguing with the man and he just so happened to feel the 20 franks in his pocket. He took it out and put it in the passport and the guy took the passport to the back of the train. He came back and said they were cleared. When President Packer told told him this Bednar's jaw dropped. He was blown away. He did not receive a voice saying to give him 20 franks, he just was worthy and obedient. When I saw this talk, I started to think of my MTC experience and I realized that that has happened to me at least 3 times. Because of this, I feel much more qualified as a missionary.
I want you guys to know that I know that this Church is true and that I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, knows and loves all of us. I love you guys so much and I think about you often. If you have not read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, please do and pray about its truth and I know that you will recieve a witness through the Holy Ghost of its truth. If you don't have a Book of Mormon, ask my Mom and I am sure she will get you one. I love you guys.
Elder Jakob Reinhold