Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014
We’re a Ward!
Friends and Family,

What a packed week! Many major events happened that I’m excited to talk about. The first, being the title of this email, is that our Spanish Branch became a Ward! This means that the branch, or congregation of members, increased enough to be considered a larger congregation known as a "ward". We have the same leadership, and we're excited to continue to add to the membership of the ward. This is the first time this has happened in one of the areas I have been in.

Sealing of Maria & Edgar Carvajal in the Salt Lake Temple
The second significant event was the sealing of Maria Carvajal with her Husband Edgar in the Salt Lake City temple (see picture, couple on the left). The sealer spoke to them of the wonderful promises and blessings that come with following the commandments. In the same room, Maria's sister, Michelle, was sealed to her husband Aram, who was baptized a year and a half ago (see picture, couple on the right). What an incredible experience to see young families being bound for all time and eternity, and not to be separated at death, as normal marriage states.

That same day, 14 other couples were married. It was spectacular to see the joy on everyone's faces during all of the celebrations. I should have more pictures later when the photographer, Brother Bair, sends them to us all. 

On our walk downtown, Elder Smith and I talked to a wide variety of people. One was a student here from South Korea studying business administration and English. I've also met a lady from Kenya, Africa on the train between our mission and downtown. Next time you sit on public transportation, talk to the person next to you, you'll be surprised what you learn! 

As far as investigators are concerned, Lorenzo Navarrete came to church and stayed for all 3 hours for the first time. He loved it, his family loved him being there, I’ll keep you posted on his progression in the Gospel! We also had another humble man, Andres, attend church. He recently had a work related accident that rang up an $80,000 medical bill, which his work would not accept to compensate or pay for. These events have made him humble, and he's been willing to listen to us. As of now, he's progressing toward baptism on the 27th of April.

Transfers are coming up on the 23rd; Elder Tamacas and I are wondering if he'll leave, since President has been hinting at making him a Senior Companion. Hopefully we stay together! I'm becoming the "old missionary," it's an odd experience. 

Love you all! Check out this great message about Easter. Happy celebration of Christ's resurrection this upcoming Sunday!

-Elder Toborg

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