Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 21, 2009

On my birthday the best thing happened, Rut Noemi had her baptismal interview and she passed, but more importantly, her mom signed the paper giving her the OK to be baptized, which has been the probolemor. So that was basically the best thing that has ever happened! She was baptised this last Saturday which was wonderful.
Oh man, it has been way hard this last week. If there are one or two things you could pray for this week it is to help the people of Chelatenango to soften their hearts and for us to find a family that will be baptized, and in one year go to the temple. Yesterday we had 5 appointments and they all fell through, and at 3 of them, other people answered the door and said they were not home when we knew they were there. It was just really sad, so we tried knocking on doors and all the people were just like, "No thank you." I feel like that painting of Jesus when he is overlooking Jerusalem and gives the scripture; "Oh Jerusalem Jerusalem", and is sad for the hardness of their hearts. But we are still trying hard, and working for our goal to find families.

I love prayer, it is a wonderful thing, because no matter what language you are speaking, Heavenly Father knows what you are saying.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A message from November

In Doctrine and Covenants, it says "I am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise". Well, this week was really hard, knocking on puertas, talking to many people in the mercado todo. We have a mission goal for each week to have 140 lessons, which is talking to people about the church and stuff and seeing if we can talk to them more. We had talked, in one day, to over 50 people and no body wanted to listen. It was a hard long day, but we kept trying. The next morning we read in the scriptures and talked about how we need to work with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength, and to truly lose ourselves in the work, so while we were talking I took one of my handkerchiefs, tore it, and we made a Title of Liberty for a missionary that says: "Todo carazon alma mente y FUERZA, no TENGA culpa ante Dios". Which means: "All heart, might, mind, and strength ( and the command of) don´t have fault or guilt before God, but culpa is stronger then fault or guilt, but i can´t think of any word for it). So that day we left our house pumped and full of the spirit. It was my first day as a missionary, I felt, my really first day. I had wasted too much time to find the meaning. At our first appointment we talked with this lady and we truly talked with the power and authority that missionaries should have. The words in Spanish flowed out of our mouths, even I was able to speak strongly and directly; so much so that she really had to think and ponder about what she was doing and why we were really there. We left that appointment, and the next house we knocked on we found a family and they are super positive and seemed really interested, so hopefully we will be able to continue with them. Then on Sunday a whole family of non members came to the ward so we are going to teach them this week, too. Ultimately we completed the mission wide goal of 140 lessons to find we completed it with 149. This week tried our patience and tried our faith in what we are doing, but as it says in the scriptures in Mosiah, when the people of Alma were in bondage, the Lord tries the faith and patience of his people, and if they endure it well he blesses them. For them, they were lead out of captivity. For us, we found 2 whole strong families. We kept trying and did not give up and we kept our part of the deal of 140 lessons to find. God does not lie. When He promises, He promises, it is the same with everything.