Saturday, March 21, 2015
So we have been teaching lots of recent converts and less actives this week. I love Hermana Buendia and I think we are working really well together.
When you get to the house and you feel like you really can't do one more thing, you know that Matthew 10:39 came true. When you are walking in the street and the only thing you want to do in the world is talk to people about the gospel, Matthew 10:39 has also come true. And when you arrive to the point where you don't care what you look like or what you feel like, you just want to do missionary work, Matthew 10:39 has just come true. I love Matthew 10:39... Look it up.
So we have been teaching hermano Hugo and a few days ago he said that on a scale of 1 to 5 he wants to be baptized a 5!! But then we did everything we could to get him to church (leaving notes on his door, sending members to get him, commiting him to go) and he hasn't come to church for 2 weeks in a row. He is so close to baptism I would hate to lose him. But there is really nothing more we can do. He has to choose. It's his angency not ours. I saw him a little while ago and asked him on a scale of 1 to 5 about baptism and he changed his answer to 3.... I'm not sure what happened.... He really just needs to come to church and take the sacrament. We taught him the word of wisdom and he committed to stop drinking coffee. He offered the most beautiful prayer in the last lesson we had with him too. He asked for wisdom from God and help to stop drinking coffee. He asked for help to get baptized too. He is so young I want to baptize him before he loses another minute of time or another year of age. But we are on the timeline of God and not our own. I don't want to give up on him the poor boy. His brother Ivan is never home, although we have tried multiple times to find him. He is always with his girlfriend. It is so sad.
Marcos... We visited him and he had read the introduction and the testimony of the 3 and 8 witnesses of the Book of Mormon. He had so many questions again and, like everyone else here, he thought that Jehovah is God. So we got to teach him that Jehovah is Jesus Christ and we shared with him various scriptures from the Bible. I have become an expert at explaining why Jehovah is not God and why Jehovah is Jesus Christ. I LOVE DOING IT!!! ha ha. We also explained the word of wisdom in this lesson because he asked why it's a sin for mormons to drink coffee... I enjoyed myself a lot. But again, he doesn't want to committ to anything, because one time a man taught him the bible by the river in the most beautiful way he had ever heard. And after that he believed that you don't need religion as long as you follow the commandments as stated in the Bible. So we have been helping him understand that their are ordinances that you have to complete before this life is through. I will keep you updated on him.
We have been teaching a young mom named Flor who is a 7th day adventist. She LOVES our message. She was AMAZED to hear that we have a living prophet and apostles. We explained the restoration and she understood it all and thought it was very peculiar. Her husband was working on the computer the whole time- but I know he was listening....He is actually a teacher in the 7th day adventist school... We'll have to see how this goes. She asked lots of cool questions about Martin Luther and John Calvin and some of the other reformers. She is very educated in the Bible and some other fundamental principles of our church. I love it when they already have this sort of background because we have a common ground to start from. I will let you know how it goes with her.
We have also been visiting a less active member named Gisel. She got baptized because of a dream she had and not because of her testimony of the Book of Mormon. She has now changed her religion. Her and her mom are Nazareno (nazareth in english? I'm not sure....) and they will NOT accept anything but the Bible. We have been having some trouble lately with people accepting the Book of Mormon. Lots of people say, "we have a bible, we have a bible, and we don't want more." It's very common to get this response. We had some Jehovah's Witness missionaries contact us in the door of our house (they LOVE to do that...) and I presented the Book of Mormon to them. We showed them where it talks about the Book of Mormon in the Bible and they were stunned. They took the book of mormon.
Well family, I love you so much. Godspeed.