Monday, May 30, 2016
Half way through the transfer already!!! It was a great week though but each one is flying by faster and faster! We have been worried about a lot of the recent converts in our area and because there are a good amount, it has been hard to visit all of them each week. We lost contact with a few and they stopped coming to church as well. We really worried about it and realized that we needed to focus on strengthening and helping our converts and asked for the Lord´s help. This week we were able to contact almost every single one and have lessons with them. One of our converts, J..., who was baptized about 2 months ago hadn´t come to church for 4 weeks because of work and complications at home but we included him in our prayers and even our fast this week and he came to church out of nowhere! He told us a little bit about what was going on and that he was afraid to come back to church because of what everyone would say but promised he was going to start coming to church again. The moment I saw him walk in my heart filled with joy and I couldn´t help but have a huge smile on my face. Every soul is precious to the Lord and he loves them all so much. As missionaries he lets us feel a little taste of that great love. :) It was such a big miracle for us.
We have also been working with the direcciones disconocidas and have had success in finding families and individuals who are in need of help and humble and prepared to come back to the fold. We´ve also found many great contacts and new investigators as we´ve been searching. The Lord is blessing us so much.
This week we found some awesome new investigators from Colombia! The mom, M... N..., has been really worried about her youngest son because he is being led away by some bad influences and has started drinking lots of alcohol. She saw the church one night and felt something special and told herself that she would go and visit. So last Sunday on her way to the market she passed by and walked inside to see when the meetings started. She found a member of our ward and gave the member her information so that we could go and visit her. We called and visited her this week and had 2 awesome lessons. The first one she told us about the problems in her family and asked how she could fast. The member she talked to told her that fasting and praying would help her with her problems. We explained how to fast and the power it has and invited her to do it. When we came back a few days later she told us that she had fasted for the 24 hours and didn´t even feel hunger or thirst. She said that she never read the bible very much because she didn´t really understand but that night she was up until 3 in the morning reading it and receiving answers. It was amazing. She is a woman of great faith and very willing to act. Her daughter J... has been listening as well and they both came to church on Sunday and have accepted a baptismal goal for the first of July. We are so excited for them and can´t wait to keep helping them receive answers, help, and draw nearer to the Lord.
Some fun news of the week, I ate a whole fish...literally the whole fish put in the pan and fried and then placed on my plate. Head, gills, fins and all. I ate it all and even the eyeball, just to say I did. Wow, I’ve changed so much. Haha, Peru has brought out my adventurous side. :)
Love you all and hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for all the love and prayers. This week I challenge you to pick a conference talk from last conference to study again and then pray about how you can apply it this week. Then look for opportunities to share it with someone else that may need that message as well. Love you all! Please keep praying for us!:)
Fun little highschool reunion this week for pday! How crazy! :)
Pday and happy 16 months! Can you believe it? I can´t...