Skibby sent the following email & photo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017:
Date: June 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM
Subject: On the Lord’s time.
How is everyone doing?! Surprisingly it's been really nice here. Not too hot, not too cold. Windy and stormy but no rain.
We had the temple today so our p-day changed. Sorry for not letting you know beforehand. The temple just got redone and opened yesterday, so we got almost the first peek at it.
We have been working a lot to try to get to know the members. I think we need to use our member missionaries a lot more. Other than that, we've had a lot of lessons with an 80 year old Columbian grandma named Libia. She lives with her daughter and their family, but she feels like she's in castigo [punishment]. So every morning she makes a prison break and leaves for the entire day. She doesn't have a phone, so she's been tough company to get ahold of. But we finally caught her at home and set up some appointments. She's super funny and very delightful, but she suffers from some things that have left scars on her heart. I'm really excited for her to use the atonement to feel better. I realized that when Jesus suffered the atonement, he suffered the price of sin, but he also suffered for the damage made by the consequences of sin. He makes it possible to heal the sinner and the wounded. That's pretty incredible.
Also yes! Luz was baptized. She was so happy. President gave me permission to go. We arrived right at 7 when it was supposed to start. Luz arrived around 7:20. We were all a little bit nervous. Bit she arrived and everything went great. Her husband Luis was worried she was going to drown. Afterwards she shared her testimony. I think she shared Jacob 2:18. It was really powerful. She said she was stopped by the elders in a time when she had been praying to God a lot. She was in a hurry and said she couldn't talk, but decided to give him her number even though she didn't give ANYONE her number at that time. And she has learned a lot. I hope someday Luis will be able to take the same step. They are excited and a little bit nervous about their future, but they have a lot of trust in God.
We read the 1st chapter of the bom with a member girl (age 14). By he end, she was like-- whoa. We were like, what? She said, "I've read the first chapter of the book of Mormon so many times and I never understood it as well as this time". I love chapter one because it testifies of Christ right off the bat, teaches about profetas and revelation, sacrifice, the importance of prayer. Nefi coming in strong. We got the challenge to read the bom in 4 weeks. So I am reading real quickly.
Love you all!!