Buena Buena everyone!
To start up with some good news, we had a baptism in my ward yesterday! The other elders in the ward found a less active family, and the 17 year old son decided to join the church! It’s really good for the ward, because there haven’t been many baptisms in over a year. We´re still working on one on our side, but hopefully a couple of the families we´re teaching will take the step by the end of this transfer.
I had an interesting and sad experience the other day with one of the families. We went to teach a lesson like always, and out of nowhere, the father said that he didn’t want to continue receiving us. He got afraid that maybe this wasn’t the right path and so he quickly folded. The worst part is that I know that he knows that what we are teaching is true. He´s felt the spirit soooo strongly between our lessons and going to church, but He let his fear overcome his faith, and there is nothing we can do. Hopefully he´ll be more interested farther down the line.
We´ve been doing a lot of work with Elder Astete, but we know we can do a lot more. We have to be more efficient in the work, and that will only come through more trial and error. We fasted this Sunday, and we really need to depend on the Lord if we want this miracle to happen.
I went on splits the other day with a greenie in my district in his sector, and that was really fun! He was a little timid and afraid to contact people, so we just talked with everyone we met! The people were really friendly over there. We also found a little miracle. As we were passing a house, I on a whim decided to contact it. A woman came out and after talking a bit, she let us in. Turns out that her son had recently died in a car accident and its been taking a toll on the whole family. I shared Alma 40:12 which says:
And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
We gave her the pamphlet of the plan of salvation, and set a return appointment.
That’s the miracle of it all. You never know who needs your message. You don’t know if the guy on the street´s mother or son passed away. You don´t know if he´s lost his job or taking life really hard. You just don’t know. That’s’ why I love the missionary purpose of "inviting ALL to come unto Christ." It’s hard and it’s tiring but you never know, as it says in the hymns, "Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save." There are days when I´m exhausted and its hard to get out, but this thought is what keeps me going, so that I might be able to save at least one of my brothers here in Chile
Hope everything is going great for you guys! Catch you next week!