[One more Puerto Rico story should be of interest. This story has been shared by several General Authorities and appears to have first been told by Elder F. Burton Howard of the Seventy.]

Celica Cruz Ayala of Puerto Rico decided to give a copy of the Book of Mormon to a friend. She obtained a blue, soft cover edition of the Book of Mormon and wrote her testimony inside, mentioning Moroni's promise in Mormon 10:4. Sister Cruz wrapped the book in paper with a ribbon and set out to deliver her present.

As she was walking along the streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico, she was attacked by a bandit who stole her purse containing five pesos and the copy of the Book of Mormon. Sister Cruz was very shaken, but physically unharmed. A few days later she received the following letter in the mail:

Mrs. Cruz:

Forgive me, forgive me. You will never know how sorry I am for attacking you. But because of it, my life has changed and will continue to change. That book [the Book of Mormon] has helped me in my life. The dream of that man of God has shaken me and I thank God that I found you in those circumstances. I am returning your five pesos for I can't spend them. I want you to know that you seemed to have a radiance about you. That light seemed to stop me [from harming you, so] I ran away instead.

I want you to know that you will see me again, but when you do, you won't recognize me, for I will be your brother. I am not from you city. But here, where I live, I have to find the Lord and go to the church you belong to.

The message you wrote in that book brought tears to my eyes. Since Wednesday night I have not been able to stop reading it. I have prayed and asked God to forgive me. I don't know if He will but I ask you to forgive me. Please forgive me. I thought your wrapped gift was something I could sell. [Instead,] it has made me want to make my life over. Forgive me, forgive me, I beg you.

Your absent friend.

(See F. Burton Howard, "My Life Has Changed," Church News, January 16, 1996, and President James E. Faust, General Conference, April 1996).