Buena Buenas everyone!
This week was full of fun surprises! For Christmas Eve, we went to the house of awesome members and ate until we reached critical mass. One of the sons is preparing to serve a mission, so we talk a lot to him to help him along. The guys just so great! His family is so loving and really friendly, so we had a great time!
We´ve been walking around a lot, but haven’t had much success. Some people just aren’t ready to receive the gospel yet, but no contact is wasted!
I went on splits the other day, and while we tried to get back we had the bright idea of taking the city buses. Unknowingly, we boarded a bus going the wrong way and we took a nice scenic tour of Santiago. I was so lost! We traveled for an hour and a half through 3 different zones until the bus flipped around and took us home. Never again
We have a new investigator named Raul! He’s an older gentleman, and the father of one of our investigators. When we first met him, he seemed super closed off and kept ranting on about how all religions are false and the whole gambit, but one day we stopped by and began talking, and he turned out to be super receptive! He told us that the only time he feels good with religions is when he talks to us. He feels something special, and so he lets us pass. We explained that it was the spirit, taught the restoration, and challenged him to baptism, and he accepted!! He went to church yesterday, so we just got to keep going with him!
One day we were walking and as we passed I felt the impression to talk to one of the less active families that we visit. I wanted to ignore it, because I rationalized that it would be better to visit in the evening, but I did it anyways, and we found that his daughter was home. In the 4 months I´ve been here, I´ve only taught her 2 or 3 times. The time was right, and we had a great lesson with her and her dad. And you know what? She came to church yesterday! Follow promptings even when you don´t want to!
Now here’s what I want to ask of you guys. Since being here, I´ve seen how destructive gossip is. It offends a lot of people, and it’s a big impediment for us as missionaries. I beg you, if you love to gossip, please stop. You have no idea how it destroys people. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all. Its one of the hardest things we have to conquer here in our lives, and we are imperfect people. What we need to do instead is pray with all the energy of heart to have charity, the pure love of Christ for everyone. If we ask the Lord for help, he WILL help us. We all have our faults, and we all have our challenges, and that is why I´m so grateful for the sacrifice Christ made. Without it, there would be no way to live with God again, so lets use it! Lets be the best servants of the Lord that we can be! May God bless you!