Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Familia Y Amigos!!!
Wow, another week of miracles!!! I am learning very quickly how insignificant we are as servants of the Lord and how grand God is. He can do his work of Salvation so easily, yet he uses us, his imperfect children, because he knows that WE are the ones that need these experiences to learn. This week was a little rough as far as the work goes. Many of our investigators went on vacation or we couldn`t get in contact with them. We spent a lot of time searching and walking, but I know that God sees our efforts and will always reward us. We saw the results of our labors this weekend and yesterday and I was blown away at the mercy and love that our Father shows us as his missionaries.
On Sunday our bishop told us that he had received a call from Germany from a member family who were sending us a referral of a family that lives here in Lima. After church we called the family and they excitedly said, "Hermanas! We`ve been waiting for your call!" What beautiful words to hear as a missionary. :) We set up an appointment for the next day and yesterday passed by to visit them. (Contacting referrals in 24 hours really works!) From the very moment we met this family we knew they were very special. L... is a single mom who lives with her son F... who is 15. Her husband died 2 years ago and it`s been very hard for her son. He`s been visiting with psychologists and counselors and taking anti-depression medication to help him. They decided to go on vacation to Germany to visit her mom and there met some family friends who are members. In just one week F... was able to go to an activity or two with the family and even attend seminary. He absolutely loved it and said he felt something so different and he feels so happy. His mom was amazed and told us that he hasn`t been taking any medication since that trip and is the happiest she`s seen him in years. They were both so anxious to learn more and even asked when they could come to church. We answered some of their questions and then taught them about the plan of salvation. They were both amazed and the spirit was so strong. At the end of the lesson we invited them to be baptized and they both agreed. We extended a date for the first week of February and the mom replied that she wanted a little bit more time to prepare but that she still wanted to participate until she felt sure. Her son just looked at her and said, "Are you serious? I don`t want to wait at all! Yes, I`ll be baptized that day!" He was so excited and just seeing the absolute joy in his eyes made me want to just cry. Actually, I was honestly holding back tears the whole lesson because I felt so much joy and gratitude to the Lord for sending us this miracle.
Then Sunday night we were finishing up our day and we had been walking all day without success of finding anyone. We only had 15 more minutes until we needed to go home and were exhausted but decided to look for one more miracle. We said a prayer in our hearts and I told the Lord I would contact whatever person we saw on the street in front of our house. A woman and her daughter approached us and we decided to talk to them. Turns out she was looking for spiritual help and told us that she has been looking for someone who can teach her and help her be baptized. We told her that`s exactly what we could help her do, arranged to visit her the next day, and yesterday went and visited her. She is awesome and was very interested. She agreed to be baptized and we will continue to visit with her and help her.
So many little miracles every day, it`s incredible. I wish I had more time to tell them all! But I’m out of time :) I love you all and hope you have a great week. Look for the little miracles every day and never stop giving thanks to the Lord for all we have. He loves us and wants to help us to improve. I love you all.
We made Barilladas ( from Honduras). Tortilla, refried beans, cheese, cooked in the microwave...yum!