Glad to hear everything is doing great at home! It is so crazy that Tessa sent in her papers! I really hope she goes foreign. :)
This week has flown by! I can´t believe that it is already the 20th of October. It seems like a couple days ago that we were starting October. So crazy. :D
Today I want to tell you about an experience I had with one of our investigator families, Familia Mulguia.
For Fast Sunday this month Elder Leatherow and I fasted for the members in our ward. They are what you call ¨Sunday Mormons,¨where they will go to church on Sunday but the majority of them do not want to do anything else. We have invited them to help us with missionary work (because it is so much more effective when members are involved) but they will not do anything in general. My first week here we made a packet for all of the members interested. The packet included a Book of Mormon, a church DVD, and ¨the Family: a Proclamation to the World.¨ We have been trying to help them get excited about missionary work, like the Lincoln ward was in Tacoma.
We have started to see some progress since our fast and many prayers in this regard. I know that God answers prayers!
Yesterday, Sunday, we needed a member to come visit a part-member family with us. After calling a few members, one of them, Salvador Campos, agreed to come with us.
First we visited the menos activo family (I´m literally starting to forget how to say stuff in English :D) and then Familia Mulguia. Our lesson with Salvador Campos and Familia Mulguia was one of the most spiritual I have had since I started my mission.
We have taught Familia Mulguia in the past. We taught lesson one, the Restoration, lesson two, the Plan of Salvation, and the Book of Mormon. This time Elder Leatherow and I planned to verify their testimonies of Joseph Smith and ask if they were ready to be baptized.
Right when we started teaching them, we felt the Spirit so strongly. They had both, the mom and dad, fulfilled their compromisos and were excited to learn more. They asked so many questions! One of the most spiritual moments of the lesson was when Salvador asked their daughter, who is thirteen, if she believed that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. She answered, ¨Yes, I believe.¨ and we could feel the Spirit increase again, almost tenfold. :D
The dad accepted a fecha bautismal, and the mom is so close! We are going to teach them on Thursday evening and I am so excited. The whole family of four can be baptized, since their son is eight years old. I am praying that their hearts will be opened even more to the Gospel.
I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. Every time we testify of him we feel the Spirit manifesting that our words are true. Elder Leatherow and I had a fairly disappointing day on Saturday. We planned thirteen lessons (with many plan de respaldos) and only taught three.
But yesterday made up for it all. There is nothing I love more than to feel the Spirit, and we feel it in every lesson we have. :)
My mission is flying! I know these two years will be up before I know it. Let me tell you,. it will be bittersweet. :D
I hope you have an awesome week!
I love you,
Elder Leatherow and I bought cookies until the end of this change, just in case I get a new trainer (I really, really hope he stays for another six weeks.) Changes are next Wednesday!But don´t those cookies and hot chocolate look good? They are. :D
I know the lighting is terrible, but this is the bird of El Salvador! Can´t remember what it´s called. :) Super chivo, huh? :D