...whenever there is rain. And ponder on the beauty of our investigators made clean again.
Hello family and friends!
I've got some good news and some good news: Leticia and Ricardo got baptized yesterday!! Woo hoo!!!! It was sweet, although Ricardo got some water up his nose (I told him to close his nose WELL!!). It always feels really rewarding to be able to participate in the saving ordinance of baptism, I really Love it. It really is just amazing to see what miracles the Lord can work among his children if we can excercise just a tiny bit of faith. Obedience + Worthiness = Miracles. That's a promise from an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sounds like the wedding reception thing was a blast, and that's sweet that Tanner Renshaw just got back from Chile. I wonder if he was in Cory or Jordan's mission...man spanish is such a beautiful language. I love it. I can't believe it's still snowing down in Cedar City! That's NUTS! It's been raining here a ton, and when it rains, it pours! I said "it's raining cats and dogs" one time to my companion and he didn't understand me...guess it's not really an expression in Spanish like it in english. Oh well.
So I was reading some of the teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith this past week (what an amazing person!) and one phrase really stuck out to me. He said (roughly translated from spanish): "We should gather up all good and true principles that there are in the world, or we will not become true Mormons". We should alwas remember that we live in the world, we are not of the world. The world offers us some things that are true and worthwhile; but at the same time we need to avoid things that waste our time and deterr (sp?) us in our eternal progression.
We're continuing to work with Ricardo Sanchez, but his smoking problem is really strong. But, he's progressed a lot since we first met him; he's gone from smoking two packs a day to one cigarrette a day. But it's still not enough for him to be able to be baptized. We're trying to help him to stop completely, but it seems like he's struggling. Other than that, he's doing really awesome. He always goes to Church by himself, and is always willing to listen to us, any time any day. Please pray for him so that he can do what he needs to do in order to stop smoking. I know their is strength and power in a sincere prayer.
More good news: Nayeli finally came to churhc with us! It was sweeeeet! We're preparing things so that she can be baptized in 2 weeks. It will be awesome to get the whole household baptized. And really her mom, Leticia, is setting an awesome example for her. They're both reading the Book of Mormon a lot, and really enjoying it. In every one of our visits they re-cap what they've read, and it's awesome how much they're learning. Any of ye who shall do my will shall know of my doctrine.
We've got our last Zone Conference with President Bulloch this Wednesday, and my companion is headed home on Friday. All in all, life is good. Missionary work is so difficult, but so worth it. I would not rather be anywhere else than here, in Mexico, among the Lamanites. Remember that doing what right is always worth it; there will always be nay-sayers, negative Nancy's, doubting Thomas's, and everything else, but we can have the confidence in that the Lord is pleased with what we are doing. The Church is true.
Love, Elder Budge