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Monday, October 19, 2015

Teaching by candle light

Hello Family,

   Well those temperatures just keep sounding better and better, I always loved that point in the year where it wasn't too hot or too cold.  We've also had some cooler temperatures here with the latest typhoon that has come through.  For an update there, yes were are still safe and sound and doing great.  We had some decent wind come through Sunday night, and on occasion throughout the day that knocked over some of the smaller trees and blew leaves and debris around, but nothing serious.  It rained for about 2 days straight and has been on and off today, but it hasn't been super heavy, and there hasn't been any major flooding where we are at.  It did knock out power in a portion of our proselyting area, and so some of our appointments and lessons that day were done by candlelight which I've actually really come to prefer as it feels a lot more peaceful, and a lot easier to feel the spirit.  
   
   It's also exciting to hear that you guys are getting ready for another cruise! That will be interesting to see what the Mexican Riviera has in store, but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.  Sounds like I'll have a lot of pictures to look at when the time comes to catch up on all of your trips!  I hope things all work out for this coming one.

   These past few days Elder Lorenzo and I have been trying to still sift through our membership record list that we have at the apartment.  We have a really sweet elderly sister who has lived in our area for quite some time and knows many of the people around and has been a huge help in helping us find some of the people on our list.  A lot of the people that we have found have been really excited to have missionaries visiting them again after so many years.  There have also been some people that we have been able to visit that really surprised this sister, as she has said that she has tried visiting them before and they didn't want to have anything to do with the church, and basically slammed the door on her, but in our case we've been invited in and taught and lesson and then been invited to come back!  So it has just been a reminder to me of what an awesome calling it is to be a missionary, and to see how peoples hearts are really being prepared, so even though they may not have attended church for several years, or had negative feelings about the church before, the spirit doesn't stop working on them.  We also had a great lesson in Elder's Quorum the other day about Home teaching, and how when the teacher himself fell away from the church for a while, he said he really did appreciate the effort that was put in by his home teachers, granted they weren't perfect, but each time the tried to visit, at least he knew that someone still cared about him.  So it has been great this week to continue to see how we are never to far off the path, or too deep in a hole to be able to receive the Lords promised blessings.  There are truly countless blessings for those who are faithful, and there is always a way back, and the spirit keeps reminding us from time to time that there is.  Although it may take us some time to recognize it, but when we do, all we have to do is reach for it, take that one step in the right direction, and allow the Atonement of Christ to help us the rest of the way.  I think those are some of the coolest miracles to see happen, to see that change, and to see that misery, doubt, or depression be replaced with happiness and joy.

    Well this coming week is our zone conference, and so I'm looking forward to getting to hear more guidance and direction from the leaders here as to how to continue to improve things over here.  My next email will still be on Monday though.  Also that is cool to hear that you found another method for the package, and hopefully that works great, in fact I do remember hearing of some other missionaries going through a person like that for their packages, so I wonder if it's that same person.  I think I'm doing fine as far as SD card space for pictures and what not, but I wouldn't mind some american candy.

That about wraps it up for me for this week.  I hope you all have a great week and stay safe.

Love you lots,
Elder Chayce Campbell

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