Elder Luke Roberts

Elder Luke  Roberts

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Second Coming

 This week has been so amazing. Besides having a great general conference, we had a false alarm for the second coming. There was a huge fire in a squatters area here and it spread really fast affecting LOTS of people. We were watching the fire when we noticed the moon also looked really red. Then a few days later we had an earthquake here during our General Conference, it was just a little over a 5 on the scale of quakes, just enough to make everyone in the room sway a little as if dancing. It was small and quick but thought the Second Coming was upon us after all these things that have been happening to us! 

But in all seriousness conference was amazing... We were eternally grateful for the Elder from the 70 (I'm drawing a blank on his name) who spoke to the investigators. We've had a referral that we have not been able to contact, so we stopped looking for him. While on exchanges I felt the idea to deviate from our plans and look for him again. This time we found a man we thought was him. It turned out to be his father, he was a little rude and was about to send us off when his son came down and said he had been waiting for us. If you can believe it, he has been dating an LDS member and wants to marry her. So he decided to investigate the church. He also has been to 4 different churches looking for what felt right to him. We taught him about Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ, and other prophets. We told him to come to conference to hear from a living one. He came and he was with his girlfriend who found out we had started teaching him. Then the talk came on from the Elder who had lived in Argentina. It was insane how perfectly it matched to them. Like that Elder, our investigator Kiel is also a good catch, being 23 with a great education. We taught Kiel again and he said he loved that talk and it was just for him. He doesn't really remember the other ones too well, it was in English and he said it was a lot of new terms that made it hard to follow a little, but he remember that talk dedicated to investigators! He told us he wants that same experience and is willing to read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was an incredible blessing to us! 

Last week we also got a text from a member in a different ward saying that they were in a hospital and needed a blessing from us. We got there and we were startled to see an old woman in a coma. The room was filled with non-members waiting to see what the "Elders" were going to do to their grandma. The member thanked us for coming to give her grandma a blessing. Then we proceeded to give this sweet woman a blessing in front of her 30 catholic relatives. It was a powerful experience and the spirit filled the room. I love being a Priesthood holder.

Here are some pics from the fire of the apartment building, a spider that escaped, but they found again, and a pic of the manila west zone.   There is only one set of sisters because it is not a sister safe zone haha.  But they work with the Single Adult Ward and do a great job.


I know that this is a sacred work that we are all involved in. We are not alone. 

Elder Roberts 

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