This week was pretty hectic. Apparently not only for us, but for the entire zone. Everyone dropped in their number of lessons, new investigators, and investigators at church. We're not sure what happened. It seemed like everyone who was interested suddenly dropped out of the game. For the two of us, we had tons of investigators cancel, members say they suddenly got busy and couldn't go out with us, and appointments fall through after traveling for 20 minutes to get to where they live. That's life, I suppose. Analyze, adapt, and keep going. Elder Grajales and I analyzed the results, adjusted our methods (the zone goals), and we'll continue looking forward with faith.
On a much brighter note, I had my first zone conference as a zone leader this past week, and it went swimmingly. We think someone robbed 3 of the tables that were supposedly in the chapel, so we had to adjust with some of the smaller ones, but other than that everything was good. Elder Grajales and I had a relatively short portion of a half hour to teach, and it went by super fast. I felt like we still had so much to talk about when we finished.
Highlight of this week: family home evening last night. Our investigator Blanca (yes, the one who's mother wants me to marry her) is progressing quite nicely. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to come to church on Sunday and we had to change her baptismal date, but she's super excited about everything we teach her. I don't remember what I've already expained about her, but she hasn't ever had a very firm belief in God or anything, and from the moment we started teaching her, she told us that for whatever reason, she decided to listen to us when she had rejected so many different missionaries (from other religions) before. One of the best parts is that she already understands the scriptures really well. Every time we have her read a scripture and tell us what she understands in it, she knows exactly what it means and then goes ahead and applies it to her own life. It's so awesome! During our family home evening on Sunday, she said, "I prayed for the first time last night, and I felt really good. I normally have nightmares, but I slept super well last night. I actually really like the way that you guys pray beause I can say what I feel, and it's not something memorized. I think I'm with you guys to be baptized on December 5th." I could have cried when she said that, but I held it in. We had to break it to her that her baptismal date had changed to the 19th due to her lack of attendance at church that morning, but she's still super excited.
It's really amazing how the Lord prepares people. Sometimes we really have no idea who can possibly be ready to receive the gospel. The Lord took this 18-year-old girl who had absolutely no beliefs in God, and opened her heart to the gospel. They're small miracles like a heartfelt comment from an investigator that can brighten our day, our hope, and our belief that God really does work with us in His work. Now we just have to keep going and find the Lord's other prepared children to share the gospel with as well, and everything will go super well here in Venta de Carpio.
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