It certainly has been another great week of miracles!
First of all, we have had three sunny days in a row now; we are on day four and the skies are blue! This is by far the best weather I've had my entire mission. I was told that this is the Irish summer. Last week and this week have been beautiful, and then it will be back to clouds and rain. I'll enjoy it while I can!
The most amazing spiritual experiences I had this week happened within the walls of Fernando's home. We had our first lesson with him on Wednesday and brought along our joint teach who acted as an interpreter for us. Fernando grew up Catholic and was treated very poorly has a child in his catholic school. He told us about many experiences he had, like the nuns tying their hands behind their backs and trying to force then to speak. The priests would also teach the catholic community to stay away from missionaries and our church. It is a complete miracle that his heart was softened and Fernando decided to reach out to us. Very slowly and simply we began to teach the message of the restoration to him. His face lit up as we spoke about the love our Father in Heaven has for us. Our Interpreter explained to us that the vocabulary of a deaf person is very limited. When we testify we often use big phrases like "I know the church is true with every fiber of my being" But for a deaf person there is just only one translation. "I know the church is true." As we taught Fernando that was all he needed to know and although he could not hear the words of our voices I know he could hear the words of the spirit. The still small voice. Since then we have taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invited him to Baptism, and yesterday we gave him a tour of the church. The work of the Lord cannot be Frustrated. What a blessing it is to be a part of it!
Look to the Book, Look to the Lord. Within the book’s pages, you will discover the infinite love and incomprehensible grace of God. As you strive to follow the teachings you find there, your joy will expand, your understanding will increase, and the answers you seek to the many challenges mortality presents will be opened to you. As you look to the book, you look to the Lord. The Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God. Gary E. Stevenson.
Time is running out of this crappy library computer, but I want you to know that God is a God of miracles. Open your eyes and you will see them all around you.
Love, Elder Brycen Cluster