We had a great week this week, we found some great new families, and have been working with the members in our branch much more extensively, and it is really bearing fruit. As we have invited the members to consider a friend or acquiantance with whom they could share the gospel, they have responded wonderfully. We have been testifying to the members as we visit their homes that they know people who are right now being prepared by our Heavenly Father to receive the Restored Gospel, and that if they pray and follow the Spirit, they will know what to do. Something interesting that we have been mentioning to the members is a quote from Clayton M Christensen that Elder Oaks shared in his talk last October, where he said,"over the past twenty years, we have observed no correlation between the depth of a relationship and the probability that a person will be interested in learning about the gospel." It helps us understand the intrinsic value of the gospel message, and is another testimony to me that the gospel is true because it is true, not because we are good friends or because it's a great social club, or because we know a lot of people there, but simply because it is true, and people will recognize it when they hear it, whether they are your mother, or you just met them 30 seconds ago. :)
We have a new investigator, Mxxx, who is AWESOME! She is the daughter in law of a member in our branch (well, not technically, because they aren't married, but basically). Some elders were teaching her before, but her parents are evangelical pastors and basically threw the elders out of the house. She now lives with her boyfriend, Exxx, who is the son of Hna. Vazquez, and they have a little wooden house where we go and teach them. This week we left Mxxx the invitation to read the Book of Mormon on Thursday, and on Friday (the next day) we went back to follow up, and she had already read the introduction and the first four chapters! What's more, she retained everything, and retold us the story with detail, down to the names of the sons of Lehi and the details of Lehi's vision! We were blown away. She is ready to be baptized already, but she and Exxx need to get married. She is all for it, but Exxx is a little worried about it, but he knows they need to get married. We are hoping we can help them get married so that Mxx can be baptized! She also went to church on Sunday! She is awesome.
Well, I'm out of time, but I just want you all to know that I love this gospel, and I love being a missionary! The church is true, and the Lord's work is the greatest work of all. In it, we achieve the greatest achievements and experience the greatest joy. What a great blessing it is that the Lord allows us to take such an important and pivotal role in His work, no matter where we are! Jesus is the Christ, He is our Savior, and He will come again. May we all prepare our brothers and sisters for His Second Coming!
|El Libro de Mormon... that's Uruguay on the other side of the river|
|Bus terminal last transfer|
|Awesome cake from our Zone Conference|
|Cool picture one morning this week|
|Our mission prep class! They are so awesome.|
|Mission prep class|