It's been a pretty awesome week this week. First things first, we had the absolutely wonderful blessing on Sunday to go to the temple rededication services. The Spirit was so abundant there, and I knew that although I was in our stake center watching a transimition, I was in the temple. It was the exact same spirit that is ever-present there, and I had no idea how much I missed it. It's a little strange: before the mission, I was a little bummed out because I thought it would be two years before I would be able to go to the temple again. I was wrong. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll have an opportunity like this again in my mission, so it'll be another 16-ish months before I'll be able to go again. Hopefully I'll survive...
At this point, Elder Gallegos and I are finally seeing the fruits of our labors. We have investigators lined up to be baptized on the 26th, the 10th (the 3rd is General Conference), and the 17th. We'll keep working to get some more, but it's gonna take quite a bit of effort and a couple of miracles. These past few weeks we've seen some pretty great miracles, some of which I believe I talked about last week. The first of which is the golden family who went to the temple open house. Her name is María del Cármen, and she and her 3 children are the most ready people I've met to receive and accept the gospel. One of the families in our ward has been working with them for quite some time now, but they didn't want to accept the missionaries or go to the church until they went to the temple. They went to the temple open house 2 or 3 weeks ago, so we've been teaching them. The best part is that they actually do the homework we leave them to read! And they understand it! Ugh, they're the best. Their date is set for the 10th of October, and I highly doubt it will change.
We also were informed of another small miracle last night, actually. We've been working for quite some time with the mother of one of our recent converts. She's been in a Christian church for a few years now, and is a little slow to grasp new concepts. We've been trying and trying and trying to get her to read the Book of Mormon and accept a baptismal date, but with absolutely no success... until this past week. With the help of her daughter and another recent convert, we got her to (very dubiously) accept a baptismal date. Then, last night, as we talked, she expressed her real concern as to why she didn't feel ready/that she would ever be ready for baptism: her marriage. Her husband is "atheist", but from the few times we've talked to him, he really doesn't know what he believes. Anyways, we promised her that if she read the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and earnestly put forth the effort to prepare for baptism, her marriage would improve. She agreed to read, and we left, unsure of what the results would be. About 2 hours later that evening, her daughter texted us and said, "Elders! Guess what! My mom and dad read the chapter together!" We still have no idea what exactly motivated them to read together (our next appointment isn't until Tuesday, so we won't know until then), but I really can see no negative side to Imelda reading the Book of Mormon together with her husband. I'm pretty excited to see what happens with her, but I feel it's still going to take quite a bit of effort on our part.
And those are pretty much the highlights of this past week. Tomorrow will be pretty interesting because it's a holiday called La Noche Mexicana when they celebrate their indepenance. Apparently there are a lot of (drunk) people that shoot their pistols up into the air with no thought whatsoever of the consequence, so we'll be getting back to the house a little early so there aren't any bullets that fall on us. That would be bad... In any case, iré y haré,
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