As you may have inferred from the subject line for this week, it was a pretty neat week. I forgot to bring the chord for my camera, so I can put the pictures in (sad day), but we'll be fine. We had another baptism this week (Emanuel), and he has one of the most powerful testimonies of any recent convert I've seen. He's 18 years old, and he'll be an awesome missionary in a year or two.
Story time! About three weeks ago, Elder Espinoza and I went on splits with some of the youth of the ward. Due to his lack of knowledge in the area, he was going to be contacting for about 3 hours while I went with our set appiontments. He and Lalo started wtih a prayer and Elder Espinoza said, "all right. Pick a color and a number."
-"Um... Purple. 43."
So they set off to contact anything that had purple and any house number 43. They actually found a purple house number 43 (who'da thunk?), but no one was home. We'll go back over there and see if we can find someone one of these days.
After about an hour, they came across a purple door and said, "all right. It's purple. Let's knock." A little girl answered the door with her grandmother behind her, and they immediately invited them in. The children of this family began expressing to Elder Espinoza all of the problems in their family (their separated parents thinking about an official divorce more than anything), and they wanted our help. Challenge accepted.
Due to scheduling issues that sometimes happen when we go on splits, we were unable to go by again until about a week later. We began visiting them, and made a very consistent effort to see them every day.
The first Sunday after we started teaching them, we were going to pick them up and all walk to church. Braulio (the father) walked out of the house when we knocked and said, "sorry, guys. It's that... my wife says doesn't want to keep listening to you guys anymore. But if you want, I'll still come with you to church. Let me grab the kids." Obviously, we were rather broken-hearted at such news, but we waited while everyone scrambled to get ready; they're a family of 6 with the oldest daughter being 10 years old, so you can imagine the chaos.
About a half-hour later, we all walked out the door when we saw none other than Adriana (the mother) walk out behind us and shut the door, all ready to go. They went to church and absolutely loved it, even though they only stayed for the first hour. Since then, only one day has passed that we haven't visited them, and every time we do, they are more and more excited about the gospel. They've already begun to live the commandments as well. We bought their coffee from them and dumped it down the toilet (that was fun). They're legally married, so there aren't any law of chastity problems. They're all super excited to go to church every Sunday, and they even participate in the classes. Really the only downside is that I probably won't still be in Mixquiahuala for their baptism on the 9th (changes are on the 4th), but we'll see what happens, I suppose.
I know the Lord is guiding our footsteps in every moment. We need only remain faithful and trust in His ways. Sometimes the miracles come in strange ways such as getting lost looking for someone else. Sometimes they come in grand ways such as someone asking us to teach them the gospel. Sometimes they're ways so simple as "Purple 43", but they always come to the faithful.
Iré y haré,
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