Another week down. I have a few things to write about this
today. Again this week, none of our investigators are making any progress. Me
and Elder Chirinos spent some time this week thinking about how we can change
that. The best idea that we had, was to involve the ward and stake into our
work, so that´s kinda been our focus this week. Lucky for us, our ward and
stake are all about missionary work. Everyone is super supportive of our
efforts, and is super willing to help. The use of the members is seriosly a
huge help. When we bring members to the lessions, it gives our Investagators a
friend. Also in this area, most all the members have friends who know verry
little about our church. All the members are a huge help in finding people to
teach. Everyone, including the youth.
On Saturday, we had an activity with the youth. All of the
youth in the ward thought of friends who are not members, and then me an Elder
Chirinos split up, and took the youth, and visited their references. This was a
super great activity for us and for the youth. For us, we made some new
investigators, and for the youth, they got to be missionaries for a few hours.
It is so Incredible to see how active the youth are in this ward. Every young
man and woman in this ward has a missionary plaque, similar to mine that says,
¨Future Missionary.¨On Sundays, the youth wear their plaques with pride, and
they know that they will be a missionary some day.
I have one other neat experience that happened this week.
One of the members in the ward called us up this week, I think it was on
tuesday, and said that he needed help. Of course we are always willing to help,
so we accepted and ran over to Isaac´s house. When we got there, Isaac told us
the problem. One of his good friends son, was super sick, and Isaac wanted us
to give him a blessing. We abliged and visited the house of Isaac´s friend.
Inside laid the son, on his bed. He did not look good. He could hardly open his
eyes, and he could only barely move his arms. He could not speak, and his
throaght was severly swollen. He practially looked dead. When we entered, we
spoke with the mother. The mother told us that he can listen, but can not
respond to us or speak with us. We then proceded to ask the mother a few
questions. We found out that they are not members of the church, but she had
strong faith in Christ. She belived that anything is possible through the power
of Christ. She didnt really know what to think about us offering a blessing,
but she was desperate, and willing to try anything to help her son. We then
briefly taught about faith, and then proceded to bless the son. My companion
annointed, and i blessed. I remember that i had know clue what to say, and keep
in mind that i do not speak a ton of spanish, but when i laid my hands upon
that mans head, words came to me. I do not know what i said, but it was what
Heavenly Father wanted me to say. As we left, the mother was in tears, and me
and Elder Chirinos just went, ¨Whoa.¨ I do not know what has happened since
tuesday, but i can say, and i can testify that there is power in the
priesthood. The power is real, and it is incredible. Family, I love you so
Kelci- Yes, tell Kelci happy birthday for me, and tell her
good luck in florida.
Heat- It is extremmly hot. The heat is the one thing that im
struggling with right now. We walk all day in deathly hot tempertures. I have
not yet adjusted to the climate yet, i hope i do soon.
Jose- So there is some huge problems with Jose. Jose is ready
for baptism, and want to be baptized, but he just cant right now. Jose is not
married to his girlfried. That is the big problem. Weve been working with them
to work out a weding, but there is some huge problems with Kathrine, the
girlfriend. Kathrine doesnt have citizenship here. Without citizenship, she
cant be married. It will proably take aver six months before kathrine an get
citizenship and can be married. So Jose can no be baptized. it is super sad and
unfortuante, but it is what it is.
Ward- Our ward is a really good size. Attending church on
sundays is the only time where i feel like im in the states. The members are
super great, and the youth program is super strong.
Referels and dinner appointments- So the ward is super good
with referals, they are our biggest help. Typically we dont have dinner
apointments, but often we have lunch apointment. There are some members that we
will ocassionally visit that always feed us. If we are hungry we will visit
family Martinez or Family Wendy, and they always will make us food.