I cannot write the 100th of the things that happened this week. I know with out one single doubt that God is a God of miracles because this week I saw a miracle that I have never before with my own eyes. In reality, there are 3 miracles.
First off, we knew at the beginning of the week that we were going to have 2 baptisms with the Valenzuela Fuentes family, so we were preparing to go grab baptismal clothes in Republica (central Santiago) for the two on our preparation day. Before we get out, Elder Allen has this unmistakable feeling that we needed to get THREE baptismal clothes. As we thought about it, we only had one investigator who fulfilled the requirements for baptism other than Carlos y Daniel, but she had repeatedly said she didn’t want to be baptized yet. We had fasted to have 3 baptisms that month, and it seemed like God was beginning to answer our prayers. We went to Republica, but they didn’t have any. We reserved 3 baptismal clothes, and then left.
The investigator who was to be our next miracle is named Stephanie. We talked to her that day, and she told us that she would not be baptized. Then our friend Danny who was accompanying us (he was baptized 6 months ago) told the story of his conversion. The missionaries had come to his house and told him that they had faith that Danny could resolve all his issues and be baptized that very weekend. And he did, even though he didn’t believe at first. It was a powerful testimony. Then I looked at Stephanie and told her "Do you believe in Miracles?" She said that if by miracle we meant that she be baptized that weekend, she didn’t. I looked at her, smiled , and said "But we do. And we have the faith that it will happen". We left, praying hard that God would help us.
2 days later, we returned. We passed through the baptismal interview questions with her, and as we finished she said, "Well, I guess that I need to get baptized." We told her that she would need an interview, and she said: Can it be tomorrow? We then told her: That means you would have to be baptized this weekend. She just looked at us and said: Yeah. I know!.
She then went to the bishop’s office to have and interview, and we were a little confused. She came out and told us: I’ve talked with the bishop, and we´ve set plans that once I get baptized, I’m gonna serve a mission at 19.
We were dumbstruck. She had decided to go on a mission BEFORE getting baptized. She went to her interview, and passed with flying colors.
The only other thing that worried us was the testimony of Daniela Fuentes. She had said that she had still not received and answer to her prayers. We went the next day to see how she was doing and she told us: I had a dream last night. I know that this is true. I know that I need to get baptized.
Dumbstruck round 2! God had literally done everything. He prepared the way, and we happily went along!
Then came the biggest wave of opposition that I have ever seen in my life. The Interview for Stephanie started 2 hours late. Her parents began to act up against her. Daniela and Carlos arrived late for an essential teaching appointment. The day of the baptism my knee started acting up, I felt exhausted, and we had to fill up the baptismal font without any help. The baptismal font overflowed and we had to clean up for 2 hours. The Font had to be emptied, and we had 1 hour and 30 minutes to fill it up again. We had to fill it with cold water, and the impression came to me to use the church’s garden hose to fill it faster.
and God came through.
I am happy to say that Stephanie, Carlos, and Daniela were all baptized on the 25th of July, 2015. All were sooooo happy, and all were spiritually edified. Daniela gave a powerful testimony, and we went to bed the happiest we had ever been in our entire lives.
God is a God of miracles. Trust it him, and he will always come through. Love you all!!
Elder Pomar :)