Monday, September 15, 2014
La Primavera! Springtime!
This week we were very blessed to find new people to teach!!! A while back we contacted a woman on the street and she told us that her son-in-law was a member and that we could pass by. This week we met him and he immediately let us in. We went in to see a very nice woman with two small daughters (5 years old and 2 weeks old) willing to sit down and listen to us. The man (Bernardo) is a member but has been less active for years and his wife is not a member. Yes...yes, I did say wife. THEY ARE MARRIED. That doesn't happen a lot here sooooo we were pretty excited. :) She told us that she has listened to the missionaries before but didn't like how they pressured her to get baptized. With the three lessons that we were able to have with them this week we tried very hard to prepare and teach guided by the spirit so that she could feel the need to have the gospel in her life. In all of the lessons we felt the spirit powerfully and she opened up a bit more. We invited her that when SHE knows and gets her OWN answer (not dragged to the baptismal font by us or her husband) to get baptized and recieve those blessings. She accpeted!!!! If she recieves her answer before the 11th of October she will be baptized. :)
Then on Friday we received a call from one of the elders in the mission office. He gave us a referral and we felt prompted to go there within hours. We went and a woman named Gladis immediately let us in. We had a great visit with her and her 19 year old daughter, Eliana. Gladis is very religious and has a lot of faith in God. But she has trials in her life right now that are very hard- 3 of her 5 children have passed away already. Eliana is also facing some challenges. We had an awesome lesson and they also accepted to get baptized if they find out that this is true. :)
I am so very grateful for the light of the gospel that we can offer to these wonderful people. I know that whatever your trial may be, the gospel is what you need. I know God is mindful of all of His children.
A scripture that I read this morning that I absolutely love is found in Matthew 16:24-27-
24 ¶Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
I love how it says that even if you gain the WHOLE world...it doesn't do anything if you lose your soul. I know that the wordly things will all come to end one day. What truly matters and is important is our relationship with God and our families. By forgetting ourselves and giving everything to God, we will find the most peace and happiness.
Love you all! Con amor,