Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Tattered Life

Hola familia,

¡¿Como están?! 

I am doing great here, this week I learned to present us as missionaries in Tzozil, and I'm working on learning how to pray. We were able to have a lesson with the Tzozil... We mostly spoke in Spanish and an hermana translated for us, she is also an investigator. Usually we can find someone to translate when we're in a pinch. 

We have found a beautiful family of 5, we had been praying and fasting to find them. We had a beautiful lesson with them on the restoration, and the spirit was so strong. It just testified of everything we said. They all accepted baptism. The husband is the stumbling block. He doesn't want his wife nor one of his kids to go to church. For that reason they weren't able to come to church on Sunday. The other two, Dulce and Javier were able to come. Their names are: Irma, Carlos, Javier, and Dulce. 

We have quite a few less active members with really sad stories. One of them is named Arriana. Her son served a mission, and was a bishop. She was sealed in the temple with her husband. According to her, her husband would beat her but because the members and her bishop didn't believe her, she abandoned house and went to live in a refuge for women. She says that the stake president took away her temple recommend without giving her an interview because she had left her husband. She has had a really sad life becaue of this decision. Today she smokes, drinks, and is with another guy. She says she is strong and could face any trial that God could give her... I had no idea what to tell her. I was just stunned, and so was my companion and when her boyfriend came in we had to leave. 

We found another less active in the street on Saturday with his bag of beer he had just bought. I few days before he had told us that he wasn't drinking... caught in the act. The poor guy, we are trying to help him as well. His name is Filiberto.

 There is another less active named Eloy. He says that nobody talked to him in church, and that he always payed his tithing and fasted but he never recieved anything. He says that he now is asisting a christian church where they really know how to show love for their neighbor. Before he was really shy and could hardly talk, and he said that the preacher from the Christian church took him in and taught him how to talk and how to preach the word of God. And so... this is how satan works. He gives people what they want to trick them into thinking that some other church is the true one. And all of this because the hermano's in our church didn't open up to him. 

We have another investigator, Eric whose wife is a less active member. We are helping him put up his little store here in Sancristobal for the holidays everything gets CRAZY here. We have painted walls, taken off paint, cut wood, and whatever he needs. We have done it all to gain trust and to open up his heart to the gospel. 

We have an hermana in the zone who has lupus (not sure if that is how you spell it) who got while on her mission. Her family got really mad because they are not members of the church. Her grandma just died last week as well, and she is a mess. We did exchanges to try to help them out. My companion told her that she should keep going, even though she told us that she wants to finish her mission. My companion told her that the Lord knew that she would get sick here in the mission, but He still gave her the call. So she told her that the greatest thing that she could do would be to die here in the mission- because literally, she is dying. So... she keeps pressing on. We will see what happens. Her name is Hermana Rodriguez, she is from Costa Rica. 

Well, I love you family. Keep pressing on :)

Hermana Cook 

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