October 5, 2015
General conference, though!? Talk about an outpouring of the spirit/revelation!!!
#PONDERIZE. My scripture this week is Luke: "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
I hope you all choose a scripture to ponder on this week and every week from here on out! What a great challenge! Send me your scripture and insights you have from this challenge!
So Javier came to the Saturday morning conference, and he loved it, he was taking notes the whole time. Haha! And that night we taught him about fasting and how to fast for specific purposes. So we go over Sunday night and it turns out he had fasted the whole day on Sunday to clear up all his doubts and to get more clarity!! We were so surprised that he had taken the initiative to do it! He's doing great, and right now has a baptismal date for the. Keep him in your prayers! Speaking of prayers, he told us that every night he prayers that his 5-year-old son will grow up and be a missionary too! :)
Another miraculous investigator is Angel! (a boy, it is proncounced differently in Spanish..haha). Anyway, the first time we talked with him he had all these crazy ideas about God and has read so much crazy stuff about Egyptian history. He truly had no real concept of who Jesus Christ is. So we had to prepare and pray a lot to teach him in a different way and pace than we teach most other people. So that's what we've been doing. He came to conference on Sunday morning, and really loved all the testimonies. And then Hugo helped us give him a church tour after. As we walked into the chapel, he stopped and said "Wow, I really feel a lot of peace in this room." He immediately could recognize the Spirit and it was amazingly strong. We read 2 Nephi 31 with him and he accepted the invitation to be baptized on. He's so excited that the Book of Mormon contains an account of Christ in the Americas. Basically everything we teach him, he is amazed and says "wow!"
Ok- funny story! Yes! So every Tuesday night we have dinner with the branch president's family. The sweetest people you ever did meet! And converts of only a few years. So we were over there eating on Tuesday, and one of the Elders was trying to describe the movie Over the Hedge to tell them about this funny scene in it. So he says "yeah, you know, the one with the torta.." We all just DIED laughing because a torta is a Mexican sandwich, and the word he was looking for was "Tortuga" to tell them about the turtle that is the main character. Hahaha. The funniest things happen when you're constantly trying to overcome a language barrier!
Daise and Neida (turns out I've been spelling BOTH of their names wrong for weeks. whoops, haha) are doing great! They are getting so excited for their baptism. They asked Hermana Bagley and I to give our testimonies at the baptismal service :) We were teaching them about the Law of Chastity this week and so we said "We are going to teach the kid's version of this commandment today." Their mom just starts laughing and so we had a great time talking about modesty and no dating until we're 16! They were telling us how everyone in their class already has a "boyfriend" and Neida pipes in an exasperated voice "We're all just supposed to be friends right now!" Haha. They are the cutest. We also taught them about serving a mission and a temple marriage. I showed them the picture of Ally and Skyler outside the temple and they couldn't stop looking at it! They all agreed that they will ARE going there someday :)
I know that we are guided by prophets and apostles in these latter days! Following their counsel will keep us safe against the storms of this world!
I love you all! SO MUCH!