Oh my goodness! Best. Week. Ever! I don't know who started praying for us out here in the mission field again, but it's most certainly working! For starters, we had 10 investigators at church this Sunday! That was absolutely unheard of back in Valle Dorado! We're gonna break it next week. The best part of the 10 at church was that 8 of them have baptismal dates, and the other two were investigators brought by members that we hadn't ever met before! Boom, two new referenes received and contacted right there. And they already have an attendance at church! :D
We've got two baptisms lined up for this Saturday, four for the weekend after conference, and it looks like two more for the weekend after that. The missionary life is looking pretty sweet out here in Presas.
Big news of this week: I found out that I'm officially a grandpa in the mission. That's right, Elder Gonzalez is training. My grandson's name is Elder Johnson, a güero who apparently speaks hardly any Spanish. I don't know him personally yet, but I'm super proud of Elder Gonzalez.
The sad part of this week was that Hermana Negrete in our district had to go home for her skin condition. We're hoping she'll be back in the mission soon, but it's hard to say at this point. Her replacement's name is Hermana Alvarez, and she has 4.5 months in the mission as of right now. She seems really ready to work, so we'll see what goes down.
Funniest moment of this week: We were teaching the Garcia family (SUPER receptive and ready for the gospel; baptismal date for October 10th), and it was time for the closing prayer. Their son of 8 years ALWAYS wants to say the prayer (it's awesome), but it was Elder Gallegos's turn to pick. He turns to me and says, "well, Elder Groesbeck is wearing black, and so is Hermana María del Carmen, so it looks like she gets to say the prayer." In the middle of saying this, Kassiel sprints off to his room, and comes back wearing the black suit coat he wore to church earlier that day and shouted, "I'm wearing black! Can I say the prayer now!?" Oh my goodness, it was SO funny! I just about died.
It's been really interesting to see the changes in myself and how they line up with the effectiveness of the missionarywork that's been going on. I've lately been really trying to consecrate myself to the work in every aspect; thought, word, and deed. I'd been doing pretty well with the word and deed part, but I found my thoughts wandering to other things that didn't have much to do with my mission. I made the conscious decicison to watch EVERYTHING I think about. It's been a little tough, but as I keep making the effort, I know it will get easier. At the same time as when I started said effort, the miracles really began to flow in. We've had members send us text messages about every day saying, "Hey, Elders! We have an investigator coming over today at ______. Can you guys come?" And then we change around our schedule so we can make it there. The confidence of the members in us has really grown strong in these past few weeks, and they're giving us any and every reference that they have. I think a very large part of it has to do with the fact that I play the piano every Sunday in church, and the members LOVE it! Mom, I know what you're thinking, and yes, I give the credit to you when people ask me about it.
Anyways, it's really strengthened my testimony in the importance of giving all of my heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord when doing His work. As I have exerted a more focused effort on doing so, the number of miracles we've seen has shown a direct correlation in their quantity. It's been absolutely amazing being able to see the changes in people's lives as they come to truly accept the gospel. They're able to better see us as true representatives of Jesus Christ and they know that our message is important. They don't just believe it. They know it, and very soon they will come to know that the message really is true. I absolutely love it here in Mexico, and there's no other place in the world I'd rather be.
Iré y haré,
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