Tuesday, June 2, 2015
el 11 de Mayo
this week was a fun one, with all sorts of adventures. hermana gomez and i have started saying something: "y qué vamos a hacer con usted?" which is the nice way of saying what are we going to do with you?! and it's all in fun because we possibly, almost positively, only have a few more days together...
hermana gladis left us in the hands of her son for food, while she visits her daughters in the united states, and so far, i haven't died!
we also went searching for acotes, which are like grapes and apples mixed together. we have a couple of really fun pictures of while we were picking them, but these ones show how many is "a few" to the people here...
one of the great opportunities we had this week was to help a sick sister wash all of her dishes, which were a mounding pile, and help her put them all away. she lives with her daughter, but she works all day, and doesn't have a lot of time to the things around the house. so of course, we washed them all!
this week's daily challenge was finding new people to teach, and keeping our investigators progressing towards their baptisms. yesterday one of our investigators, Alejandra, decided that she didn't want to get baptized, that she liked the Evangelist church better, and that the Mormons weren't for her. we are waiting the word from our leaders to see what we should do with her.
our biggest worry is that anaí won't have her three attendances in church before her baptism. saturday and sunday she had some really bad stomach problems, so lots of prayers that she heals quickly!
our biggest success can be found in hermana darling, a reference from the offices. she is super receptive of our message, and has the support of her member-boyfriend in this journey. wooo hooo!
my greatest tender mercy was talking with my family, via skype, and even getting to talk with my grandma and my twin sister. goodness, i miss them so much. but a great blessing from the lord is that i don't miss them so much that i can't wait to see them. this time is for the lord, and i can wait the following seven months to talk with them face to face again.
this week we are looking for to helping joel alejandro progress for his baptism this coming saturday. he's so awesome, and i can't wait until he's a full blown member!
one of our goals this week is to find some of the wayward investigators that have had a baptismal date recently, but have what i like to call liquid appointments, or they never stick to a date. we pass by, they say they are busy, and we set a new appointment, repeat.
a scripture that really hit me this week is this train of thought. matthew 17:20 first.
::if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible.::
i was thinking about how is that? how can we move a mountain with our faith? and then i remembered this scripture in james 2:17
::even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.::
and so the story goes: if i have faith, i will move mountains. because i will act. i will find those people who need this message, because i will be searching for them.
the tennessee hermana