February 8, 2016
READ WITH CAUTION: QUANTITY OF MIRACLES MAY CAUSE AN EXTREME BOOST IN FAITH, RESULTING IN POSSIBLE FAINTING, NAUSEA OR VISITATION OF ANGELS
What a miracle filled week! I am just going to cut to the cream of the crop! Yesterday was full of miracles. We planned a lesson for a man named Miguel from Ecuador. He has been coming to church the last 3-4 months with his wife and two kids who are members but he has been REALLY stubborn. He wanted to take his time and analyze everything before making a decision. He works all day every day except for Sunday. We couldn’t share with him the last 3-4 weeks so we had to take advantage of the lesson. We really felt good with our lesson plan and entered with confidence in the lesson. We talked about obedience, following the prophet, and then shared the story about Moses and the serpent (Alma 33). The spirit was so strong. Elder Call invited him to be baptized and you could tell the Spirit was just working on him. He said "I would like....." Then his wife interrupted and starting talking about stuff that had nothing to do with this point of the lesson. AAHHH! Fortunately, we followed the spirit and got the lesson back and he accepted the invitation to be baptized on February 20th, Elder Call´s last Saturday in the mission. We both left that lesson just amazed and in unbelief with what happened!
The other miracle was in one of our other branches, our investigator named Diego (9) went to church with his endowed, inactive mom. He has a baptismal date for the 21st (I have no idea how we´ll do it because Elder Call has to be on a bus at 1:30 and baptisms are normally at 1:30.... We´ll have to work it out! haha) In our lesson with him last week, we invited him to be baptized and he said "Well.... I was telling my mom the other day that I feel that I am missing something in my life.... like I lack something..... maybe baptism will help me to find that." umm....OKAY!!! We really feel that these are just people that the Lord has prepared and we are here to help them get there! What a blessing!
Guillermo was confirmed. I did the confirmation. It was an awesome experience! We had interviews with President Diaz on Tuesday. He is such an awesome guy. This Wednesday, we are going to La Serena because Elder Texeira of the Seventy is coming to our mission. They let us know today that the ZL´s and Sister Training Leaders will have a meeting with him before the conference with everyone. So there will be about 10-12 of us in the meeting! We are REALLY excited. It is going to be an exciting week!
I read and loved Alma 24 yesterday. The thought "prove your repentance" came to my mind. The Anti Nephi Lehites wanted to prove their repentance by living lives worthy of the Celestial Kingdom. Every day, we have the chance to prove ourselves and show God how grateful we are for the forgiveness that he has granted us. I love the mission!
|We both bought some mantes!|
|It is a traditional Chilean clothing that they use when they dance their national dance.|
|We look good!|
|We passed Superbowl Sunday with Hermano Maximo. There is no Superbowl food like a nice hamburger (No we didn't watch the game. We didn't even know it was yesterday. He told us after we were done eating that it was later that day!)|
|Elder Call got a little tired on the way to Punitaqui|