Was General Conference not the best this week!? There were some really great talks, and we had quite a few investigators come to the sessions. Due to the attendance of many of our investigators, we have 6 baptisms lined up for these next two weekends; two this Saturday, and four next Saturday. It's super great being able to work with families out here in the mission field, especially those as receptive as the Garcia family. They're so ready to be baptized! They couldn't come to church last weekend, but we still had to change their baptismal date. They were so sad when we had to push it back a week! They're the best! :D
In other news, Sunday was my birthday, and I had completely forgotten when I woke up. It wasn't until I got to church that I remembered. My conversation with a recent convert named Nadia went something like this:
-"Elder Groesbeck! ¡Felicidades!"
-"It's your birthday!"
-"Oh yeah! :D"
I had wondered why my back hurt so much in the morning and why I found lots of white hairs on my pillow. We had a really nice Family Home Evening with a sister in the ward, and my birthday present was a new investigator: her husband. He's done some pretty not-smart things in his life including having a second family with a woman he's not married to, but he supposedly called his wife the other day saying that he wants to change, and he seems willing to do so. He seemed to be a little bit drunk when we talked to him, but I feel like it may just be his personality to slur his words when he speaks... it may be a long and rather strange process teaching him, but we'll see how it goes.
Watching General Conference this weekend confirmed my dream to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Every time they sang, I felt the Spirit so strongly, and I want to be able to do that for other people. My voice isn't qutie there yet, but I feel like with some practice and a bit more maturity, I can be refined enough to audition and become one of them... when I'm old enough and have the time and funds sufficient to travel the world with them... We'll see how that goes.
I have to say that my favorite talk of General Conference was that of Elder Holland. That man is power, and I loved his dedication to the importance of the mothers of the world. I wholeheartedly testify of his words and am incredibly grateful for my mother and the incredible influence she has had on my life. Every time I play the piano for the members here in Presas, I think of her and her forcing me to continue practicing despite my resistance, promising me that I would thank her someday. I now do, and I don't hesitate to share the story with the members. When they ask me how I got my piano talent, I simply reply, "my mother." Thanks, Mommy! I miss you lots and love you even more!
And on that note, iré y haré,
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