Monday, March 23, 2015
English is weird. One. Won. When you need a triple W there is no good way to do it. Why One and Won sound the exact same, I knowith not.
But, nevertheless, week one of the transfer was pretty great.
On monday I taught one of the, or maybe the best lesson that I have ever been in. For sure it was the best I have ever taught people and not lessons. We taught this to a family where the husband came to church two weeks ago, and his woman wanted nothing to do with us after she found out that we weren't just there to teach people the bible. It has been a struggle to get to talk with her. We went in, and she was home and not busy and we just started talking, and morphed into teaching, and just discussed the gospel, and we shared the gospel with them, and the spirit was super strong. Things aren't instantly better, but it was a solid force of the spirit the whole time. That is what happens when you have a good comp study and then apply what you learned.
This week was Edgar's baptism. In his house, there are now just 2 that aren't members. He is 17, and when we first got to the area, he had no interest, and just sort of shoved us off, but over time, every so often, he warmed up a bit. Then we felt like we should invite him to read the bood of mormon, because he likes reading. And... He started going really well, and has been picking up everything. A few days ago, we taught one thing, and he said, Tell Me More, and so we taught him another and he said, tell me more, and so we kept going. He is going to be fantastic. I am super excited for him.
This last weekend, as part of our zone plan, we had a sacrament meeting focused on missionary work, and the three older of us in our branch spoke because Elder McMullin, who is new, spoke two weeks ago. Elder Zuniga spoke on why we do missionary work, Elder Chevalier spoke on the responsibilities of members, and I spoke on references. I talked about the 3 principle doubts for giving references. 1. They are of another faith. 2. They might not want to hear, and 3. I am afraid to talk with people about the gospel. Then I slashed, figuratively, the doubts to ribbons. Mostly the first and 2nd ones. The third one just needs a good exercise of faith to see the blessings.
So, that was the week in a nutshell. I don't really know what to write these days, but I'm super excited for next week.
2 Weeks to Conference!
Monday, March 16, 2015
This week past quickly!
Transfers came, and all 4 of us are still here the same. It is going to be a good new transfer.
This week was branch conference. Because of the construction, we had to go saturday and sunday before church to clean up everything. When they do construction here, they just go instead of planning it out and stuff. The conference was great though! We had 60 people there which was a new reacord!!!
The big family with like 20 people had 6 that showed up. Miricles everywhere.
It is normally very difficult to baptise older people, but the mom of this big family is awesome. She is friends with the relief society president, and had a dream the night we asked her to pray. She still has lots to learn, and it goes slowly, but she liked church. She can not read, so we need to help her get a testimony of it through reading it to her.
One of her daughters is also progressing super well. Full of Miracles. She made a big financial mistake a bit ago, and so prayed and asked God to punish her, and He did immidiately, and so she asked for a way to change and get out of her suffering and we showed up. After one of our lessons we went to leave and I went to give her 2 nephi 31 to read which talks about baptism, but felt inspired to leave 3 Nephi 11 so we did. The next day we asked her what she learned. She said she had learned about forgiveness and doing things not to be seen of men. We were a bit confused because 3 nephi 11 talks about Christs visit, but she had read chapter 12 as well that talks about the sermon on the mount. She told us she can´t be baptised yet because she still needs to forgive someone, and can´t be baptized if she isn´t willing to forgive.
Got to go,
But this week was full of miracles and suffering!
The Church is true!!!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Something came up so,
This week will be really really short.
It was a stellar week except we were stuck in the house for a few days with Elder Chevalier sick.
This week Mariza was baptised. She is doing really well. We had to do her baptism really early before church because she was at a doctors appointment that went long with her kid on saturday. We are super excited for her though.
We are working to make miracles happen here though.
Quick spiritual though.
Faith, in the words of a member after the study with left her with, Is the path that leads us to a certanty. I know that is true. That we can become what the Lord wants us to become through faith on Jesus Christ. I invite Everyone to read the last 4 verses of Alma 13 and the last 5 of 3 Nephi 13.
Love you all.