Hola familia y amigos,
We had a great week this week. We were very obedient and had a very lame Valentines Day!
On Wednesday we taught Tania (not Talia, I wrote it wrong last week). It was a nice lesson. We followed up with her reading of the Book of Mormon and she told us "at the beginning, it was different, but as I kept reading I felt this peace come over me and something warm in my heart that I had never felt before". We were so pumped! We invited her to church. The only problem is that her dad is really Catholic, and because she still lives with him, she has to ask permission to go to church.
That same afternoon, we taught Stefen. He is a Haitian investigator we have. He was locked out of his house when we found him. We taught him and then we prayed that the Lord would help us open the door so he could get into his house. We tried to get in with a cut-up two liter bottle, and it didn't work. We were just about to give up, I said one more prayer in my heart, and then the door opened when we tried one more time! It was an awesome little miracle.
We taught Pilar and her son Leo. Leo found some anti-Mormon material, so he´s been a bit doubtful about our message. We asked him if he had read the Book of Mormon. He said no. We asked him if he would read. He said no. We told him that what he was looking for on the internet were reasons why the church couldn't be true, instead of searching in the Book of Mormon where he can know that the church is true. He didn't commit to reading the Book of Mormon. He was content with following the twisted opinions and lies found on the internet instead of reading an established and concrete evidence for himself. I invite anyone who has doubts about the church to read the Book of Mormon and then ask themselves "could a young farm boy have written this to trick 15 million people into believing that he was a prophet"? I don't think so!
On Thursday, we taught Christian in the house of his neighbor. 3 of his neighbors are active members of the Church, so we are taking advantage of that.H e is doing really well. He is still a little anxious about baptism and picking a date, but he is progressing really well.
We also had an appointment with Tania again, but she didn't show up...
On Friday, I went on an interchange with Elder Da Rosa. It was a fun time. I went to his ward, and I was able to give a little insight about some of his investigators. We contacted a lot, but didn't teach too much. Meanwhile, Elder Barillas was in our sector with Elder Huber, and they taught a ton of people! I was so proud of him, because he did a great job.
On Saturday, a lot of appointments fell through, but we were able to visit Miguel Angel. He´s doing well. he committed to going to church
On Sunday, only Christian made it to church. The Alberto family had people that were visiting them so they weren't able to make it this Sunday. We taught the Alberto family in the afternoon. They are doing well. The father received an answer about the Book of Mormon. He said he felt like his spirit was taking a bath while he read it, and now he drives his taxi with the Book of Mormon on the dashboard.
We taught Christian again Sunday night. We taught him in Pilar´s house. We followed up with his reading and he said that he felt like something warm entered into his heart, and he felt like the Book of Mormon was true. We are working on choosing a baptismal date with him.
Yesterday a ton of appointments fell through, but we did get to visit some less active members. A cool story was that we felt that we needed to visit Marjori and Fito last night, because they had'nt gone to church in a while, and they recently just moved into a new house ( that after 2 months we found for them actually) when we arrived we found the bishop and his first counselor there. They were saying "what a shame that you are here alone. That means that we cant come in-- oh, hey Elderes, now we can come in"! We taught Marjori with the bishop and his counselor. It was a nice lesson, and nice to know that we were in the right place at the right time!
That's it for this week. I testify about the power of the Book of Mormon. It really does work. I have had similar experiences to those of our investigators, so I can also say that I feel and know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.