This week was great! I have to tell you about one of our investigators we´ve been teaching this week.
His name is J (he´s 11 years old), and I used to teach him a long time ago with Elder P. He went to Church for a few weeks, but he lost his enthusiasm and stopped going. This week Elder Manzo and I decided to stop by and teach him and his other brothers and sisters (it´s a family of 5). We decided the best approach would be to teach him about the Book of Mormon and assign him a verse to read every day.
In our first lesson we invited him to read a verse from the Book of Mormon. The next day, he had read it and memorized it completely. We were overjoyed. We assigned him another verse, and he had it memorized before we came by the following day. On Saturday we stopped by to visit, and assigned him his fourth verse. He also accepted the invitation to go to Church on Sunday (I wasn´t surprised, the Book of Mormon is a powerful instrument). Two of his brothers and sisters had read and memorized a couple verses too, and all of them said they would go to Church with him.
Anyway, Sunday came along, and Elder Manzo and I were sitting in sacrament meeting. It was already 9:15, and he and his family hadn´t arrived yet. Suddenly he ran in through the door and sat down next to us. He greeted us and then rehearsed, word for word, Mosiah 2:17. Unable to restrain ourselves, we both congratulated. Many of the members were watching us, with amused looks on their faces. We asked him, "And your brothers and sisters, are they here too?" "No," he responded. "I came by myself."
He had taken the bus and walked all the way down to the chapel, all by himself. After the three hours of Church classes he took off again, by himself. Thankfully, (since he didn´t have a quarter for the bus to go home) his Primary teacher lent him one.
To tell you the truth, J was a great example for me this week. It was refreshing to see someone, who isn´t even a member of the Church, with such a strong desire to learn and do what´s right. Before, he never prayed in our lessons, but now he always volunteers to say the prayer, each time thanking God for "the brothers" who have passed by to teach him and help him be a better person.
JC is excited for his baptism on the 9th of July! This week we held a family home evening at his house and we learned about blessings, and how we can receive them. One thing is certain: blessings aren´t free, we have to earn them. And JC will receive hundreds of blessings after following the Lord´s example and being baptized on the 9th. He will be, just like JP, a powerful and faithful member of the Church.
JP continues learning more each day. He especially loves reading from the Scripture Guide, and he told us the other day that he already read about Missouri and the New Jerusalem. He loves learning about the prophecies that will be and are being fulfilled preparatory to the Lord´s Second Coming.
Have a fantastic week, Mom!!
I love you!