Monday, March 13, 2017

Chris Goris and Transfers

Hey everyone!

So transfers are this week!! I am staying here and Elder Gantner is going to Del Mar! Elder Gull will be my next companion. I am super excited for that! He is one of my good friends in the mission and we have a lot of good missionaries coming to the zone.

We got some bad news last Wednesday. We were teaching an older man named Chris Goris in the family ward. He was excommunicated over 40 years ago and recently started coming back to church and expressed to us how he wanted to get baptized again. We taught him the lessons and he was very scared to talk to the bishop. He had a lot of guilt and didn't feel worthy to do so. We encouraged him and after like 3 weeks he finally met with the bishop. Unfortunately that week Chris had a bad fall. We didn't hear back from him and his wife (who is not a member) told us he wasn't doing well. 2 weeks ago we stopped by and dropped off a talk for him. The talk was "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox. His wife said she would read it to him. This last week she called us informing us that Chris had passed away. He died 2 days after she read the talk to him. She expressed how much he appreciated the talk and how much he loved us stopping by and coming to church. We were sad that he was not able to get baptized in this life, but we both felt a feeling of peace knowing that he had all he needed to pass on to the next life. I know he's learning now.

We also had a couple really great stop bys where we shared messages and the families expressed that it was answers to prayers. One of the lessons was with 2 recent converts, Gia and Renn. They are going through a lot right now and were kicked out of their living situation. We shared a message of hope and Renn, the daughter, texted us that day and said she prayed the night before for help and it was answered in the lesson.

I am so grateful for the spirit. We can't take any credit for the miracles we see because it is through that Holy Spirit that miracles have been brought to pass. I know that as we strive to be obedient to the promptings and live worthy of the companionship we can see miracles in our everyday lives. Heavenly Father promises us the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost after we are baptized and keep our covenants.

I love you! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp

                                                        Lunch at the Thompsons

                                                                    Selfie from MLC

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