Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Blas Álvarez The Younger
Beverly and I went back to the Álvarez home last Sunday, January 4, 2009, two days after our first visit there. We went to "meet" Brother Blas Álvarez's son, also named Blas Álvarez. I put "meet" in quotes because I actually met him 43 years ago when he was five years old.
Young Blas (shown above next to his father in the picture above, and shown as the little boy sitting on the fence in the picture of the previous post) is a member of the Church, but he hasn't been active for over 30 years. Twenty of those years he lived in Sweden. His current wife María (far right in the picture) is not a member of the Church.
We talked with Blas and María about teaching them the Gospel. We said, half facetiously, that his mother (the marvelous missionary who died in 1981) had sent us there. Blas looked at María, asked her what she thought, and she said, "Yes, we should listen to them." So we are going next Sunday to teach them the first missionary discussion, in the very home where I taught his parents 43 years ago.