This week has been quite special. Elder Morales and I hit the ground running when changes happened last Monday. We jumped into action and don't plan on stopping. We found quite a few new investigators, some of which accepted baptismal dates, and two of which came to church! One is Martín, a carpenter who is a reference from the sister missionaries here in Mixquiahuala. Supposedly they contacted him and explained that where he lives is part of our area, and he ran into them like 3 times afterwards asking them when we were going to come by. We finally found him in his house, started teaching him and his friend/coworker Iván, and got him to come to church. We're not sure why Iván didn't come, but we have an appointment for this afternoon to interrogate--I mean--find out why.
The other investigator who came was Blanca. Elder Barrios and I found her a few weeks ago and she has changed drastically since our first visit. It was cordial and incredibly formal which an "Oh, how interesting" sort of vibe. Now she has a sincere desire to change her life. She's super addicted to coffee (booo!) even though she knows it's bad for her, so we're trying to get her to stop. Like, I think she's starting to get annoyed, but if that's what it takes, I'm okay with that. She said she felt good at church, so we just have to get her to keep coming and see how it goes.
Investigator number 3 was Cesar, the son of Carmen (the investigator baptized 2 weeks ago), and the brother of this guy right here!
That's right! Fernando got baptized! And Carmen told us that on Sunday, she didn't have to drag him out of bed (like we had to do last week -_-). He's getting a lot more excited about the church, and his attitude is already changing; he's known by pretty much everyone as Carmen's rebellious child, but not for long. In about 3 weeks, we'll chuck him in the waters of baptism as well, and in a year, they'll enter the temple and be sealed for time and all eternity. Yay, eternal families! :D
Having seen the grand changes in Carmen's family over the course of the past 2 months, it has really strengthened my testimony in the grand power that the restored gospel has to strengthen and bless families. When we teach about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it's one of the points we talk about. Normally, however, we only very briefly touch upon it; we don't go really in-depth with very many people. I've realized what a grand mistake that is (yes, even us missionaries make mistakes... quite a few of them, actually). The gospel of Jesus Christ, especially the fulness of the restored gospel, blesses our families so immensely but so subtly that we hardly even notice it until we're so united it hurts!... In a good way... There's a quote that I've taken to heart here in the mission field that says, "A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a while so that others can be with their families for the eternities." I've really come to know that that is true, and that only through the restored fulness of the gospel do we have that promise. Jesus Christ lives, He loves us, and He wants us to have an eternal family. To do so, we have to do things exactly the way HE has commanded us to do them; by no other means can we achieve salvation. Achieve your salvation and then help others to do the same. Don't wait. Today is the day.
Iré y haré,
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