Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hastening The Work!

The Lord is really hastening his work and preparing the hearts of the people here to receive the message of the restored gospel! I am so blessed to be able to be a missionary during this time! There is nothing better than this work. And although tiring and exhausting there is nothing more rewarding then seeing the people that you have come to have such a deep love for enter into the waters of baptism and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!

Juarez Mejia familia
Fernanda, Sandra and Sebastian were baptized! THese are the kids that we got permission for last week by their dad to be baptized! And saturday was the day! It was so special and amazing! And they were all so excited, they have been waiting for this day for i think about a month now! 

The baptism was at 2 on Saturday and by the time 2 o´clock rolled around there was absolutely no one in the chapel, besides the missionaries. Only one family showed up for the baptism and a couple of others. But really there wasnt any one there. Which was really frustrating especiall becuase we had passes out invitations, Sandra personally invited a ton of the members, and announced it in sacrament meeting and throught the various activites throughout the week. But still there was no one there! Even one to the people that we had assigned to give a talk didnt end up showing up till 50 minutes after the time that it was supposed to start! But the activities never start on time here, so the members are used to things not starting on time. So it was like 3 when members started slowly straggling in. And by that time we were basically done with the service!

But never the less it was a special and beautiful service and they were all so excited! After they were baptized, Fernanda, who is 14 years old, told her mom that she better enjoy these next 5 years with her because when she turns 19 she is going on a mission! And in the conformations on Sunday of Fernanda and Sebastian both of their blessings talked about their missions! AMAZING! 

Baptismal Interview
I am always so shocked and amazed everytime we do a pre baptismal interview with our investigators. Half the time that we teach I feel like they really are not paying attention to what we are saying or really ever remember what we taught. But then we do the interview and i am in awe. They remember everything we had taught them and more! They truly are prepared by the Lord to receive the gospel. even if they are only 10, 12, or 14 years old!

La Casa del Senor
We had the opportunity to go to the temple Saturday morning with the Sapon family before the baptism of the Juarez Mejia kids.And it was amazing, even if i did have to wake up at 5 in the morning!

If you remember the Sapon family we have been working with them for some time, emmanuel was baptized in August. But we made breakfast at the temple and while eating Adonai, who is 18 and we have only been teaching for about 2 weeks, anyways his phone rang and he left to answer it. Not soon after his mom left to go find him. About 5 minutes later they both returned and their mom, Guisela, says ¨i think that the next baptism is going to be Adonai¨ and Adonai replies, ¨yes! the 27th right?¨ and Hermana Peña and I are just shocked and say yes! the 27th and then Brizna, the younger sister who is 13 jumps in and says me too! the 27th! And Hermana Peña and I are just shocked becuase we have no idea what happened in the 5 minutes that they had left to answer the phone!

But Adonai and Brizna now have dates to be baptized on the 27th! And while at the Juarez Mejia baptism were inviting everyone to their baptism as well! And so now we are all just working on their mom to be baptized on the 27th as well!

Also Adonai wants to go to SOY which is EFY in central American, and has a really strong to serve a mission and prepare himself to do so! He has truly been prepared by the Lord and just soaks everything in! I am constantly amazed by him and his desire. When his family cant come to church or activites he comes by himself and reads the Book of Mormon daily and just constantly wants to learn more!

But the 27th of this month is the day! And i could not be more grateful for the Lord and for the Spirit in helping change the hearts of our investigators and planting within them a desire to be baptized!

Familia Garcia
This is a less active family that we reactivated! They are come to church every sunday even though they have to walk 20 minutes to get there which is amazing! But they are working with the President of the branch right now and are preapring themselves to be sealed as a family in the temple in December! Also their son Oscar, who is 8, has a date to be baptized on the 27th of this month as well! and so we are teaching him and preparing him for that!

El Libro de Mormon
I would challenge all of you to read the Book of Mormon every day for 10 days straight. And while reading record your thoughts that you have and the impressions of the spirit. and after you finish reading pray about what you have just read and ask our Father in Heaven if the things which you have just read are true. And see how much you grown in those ten days. I have seen miracles as we have done this with our investigators. and how quickly they gain their own testimony of the Book of Mormon! and therefore their attitude towards everything in life, and the gospel changes! it truly is amazing, and so i challenge all of you to do this, read the book of Mormon for 10 days staright! and ssee how much you learn and grow!

Also i have a new motto that i though i woud share with you,


Hermana Loo
WIth the Juarez Mejia family and the elders that baptized them.
Elder Perez y Elder Peña 
Fernanda Juarez Mejia.
14 years old and wants to serve a mission!
Sandra Juarex Mejia, 10 years old 
Fernanda, Sandra, yo, Sebastian 
Sebastian Juarez Mejia, 12 years old!.
yo y Talaitupu jajaja...
so weird to hear her say that and hear other people call her by my name!
yo, Raquel y Ashley Alexandra Talaitupu Navarro! 
Everytime I look at my feet I think of Kaohi
and am reminded of her feet during golf season
jajajaja although right now they arent as bad as hers jajajaja 

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