Sunday, May 12, 2013
Brother Dick and Sister Marta
We met Brother Dick and Sister Marta shortly after we arrived in Kuching, Malaysia. They have beautiful smiles and they have a special spirit about them that caught our attention. They treated us very kindly.
Last week we learned more of their story.
They have been married about one year and were baptized about a month after they were married. Brother Dick was working for his auntie's husband who had taken Brother Dick under his wing and gave him a job, a place to live, an automobile and the comforts of life to help get them started.
Brother Dick and Sister Marta started to take the missionary lessons. When his auntie's husband found out he was very upset and warned them he would not tolerate them learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They felt a peace and calmness as they learned about the fullness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and determined to be baptized.
When the auntie's husband learned about the baptism, he fired Brother Dick, took away their housing, automobile and everything they had and disowned them.
Brother Dick and Sister Marta found themselves living on the street with a new baby. When they were asked how they could make that decision this was their response, "It is true. The fullness of Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is his kingdom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints."
Brother Dick went on to say as they found themselves living on the streets late at night and holding his sweet wife and baby under a bridge or door frame for shelter and hungry, they would cry together about the things they had lost and concern for their baby. They had read the Book of Mormon and followed Moroni's promise on page 529, Moroni 10: 3-5, and found out for themselves that it was true and that the Book of Mormon was a second witness of Jesus Christ with the Bible, that God lived and knew them personally and would watch over them and that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today.
Today Brother Dick has a part time job as a butcher. They have a very small apartment and has made enough money to buy a little motorcycle for transportation. Sister Marta's mother is watching the baby so Sister Marta can work. They are working to save enough money to go to the Philippine Manila Temple to be sealed for time and all eternity as an eternal family.
They are Radiant with joy, happiness and faith.