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Power in the Priesthood

July18

Hello Everyone!

The time is just flying by.  I don’t have much longer here in Argentina, but the last few months are just as good as always!  I have an experience that I wanted to share with you that really impacted me.  Last Sunday (the 10th) I woke up not feeling very good.  We went to church and I made it through (thank goodness!), but during lunch everything started going downhill.  I was achy all over and I also got some really sharp pains in my stomach.  After lunch, I rested for about an hour and then we continued working.  During our appointments I had the strength to teach, but the problem was when we were in the street.  As we traveled to several of our investigator’s houses. I had a hard time walking.  I kept wanting to sit down and my whole body felt weak.  I didn’t know how I was going to make it until it was time to return to the apartment and I even had a hard time staying upright while we were at some of the doors.  I kept praying for the strength to make it through the day and my Heavenly Father helped me keep going.  We started walking down one of the streets and one of the houses was lit up that we had never knocked before.  I told my companion that I wanted to knock it even though we were on our way to another appointment.  It turned out to be where the grandma of one of our recent converts, Mauricio, lived.  She invited us in and we were able to sit down for a few moments which is exactly what I needed (another tender mercy).   It turns out that she didn’t want to hear the gospel, but Mauricio was there and we helped him with his reading in the Book of Mormon.  I know that we were lead to that house to not only help Mauricio, but also as a blessing to recover a little bit of my strength as well.

Finally, the time came to return home and we reached the apartment.  As I walked in, all I wanted to do was go to bed.  The other missionaries were already there and when Elder Miranda saw that I was sick he suggested that I ask for a priesthood blessing.  I have always had faith in priesthood blessings, but never really asked for them.  Growing up, the only time I really received blessings was when I was ordained or set apart for a calling.  Even when I was at college living with 5 other Melchizedek Priesthood holders, I never remember asking for a blessing.  I thought about it and realized that it was exactly what I needed.  I asked my companion and the other missionaries if they could give me one.  When they finished, I felt a little better and knew that I would feel all better in the morning.  I thanked them and went to bed.  I don’t remember anything else because I fell right asleep and didn’t wake up until the morning (which never happens when I’m sick).

The next day, I woke up and felt great!  Nothing hurt, I wasn’t weak, nothing!  It was as if I had never gotten sick in the first place.  I have no idea what sickness I had, and it doesn’t matter much anyway . . . I have never recovered so quickly in my entire life!  Was it a coincidence?  No!  I know that I was healed through the power of the Priesthood.  I need to help the people here in Tucuman, but now I understand that I am not using my own strength.  My strength comes from above – it comes from one with an infinite love who knows exactly how I feel and what I need to learn, grow, and progress.  I am so grateful to be a part of this great work.  I am grateful for all of the blessings that have been restored to us through a loving Father in Heaven.  Everything that happens each day is perfectly tailored to my specific needs and is designed to help me achieve my potential.  I only need to trust in Him and do my part, He does the rest!

Thank you all so much for your support.  I love you all so much and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Love,
Elder Carter

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