Elder Budge reporting for duty...after another amazing week in the BEST MISSION IN THE WORLD! That is, of course, the Mexico City East Mission!! Woo!!! I love being a part of this work; it really is humbling to know that the Lord trusts us so much, gives us so many blessings, and allows us to share those blessings with others!
So, an update on what's been happening here in the Federal District. Remember the lady I told you about that contacted us in the street? Well...she turned out to be not-so-elect and a little "loca". We had one visit with her and decided not to continue with her...maybe in the future.
Man I have so much to say but don't know what to talk about first. Chronological order seems to work out best. So last tuesday, we went to another ward in our Stake to visit with a young man that an RM had been teaching for the past couple of weeks. He was as GOLDEN as Budge's Golden Sunshine Honey. We reviewed some of the things he had read in the pamphlets, reviewed the questions from the baptismal interview, and gave him a Book of Mormon to read. We made an appointment for his baptismal interview for the very next day. That day came quickly, he passed his interview with flying colors (the Zone Leader that interviewed him was astounded by his golden-ness), and we set up another appointment for the next day. We talke with him about serving a mission and my companion and I shared some experiences with him about the mission. That really helped me remember and appreciate all the Lord has done for me my entire life, and especially the past 18 months. Needless to say, this "joven" Karim was baptized on Sunday, and I'll attach some pictures.
Next bit of news: We found an awesome investigator this week named Blanca Irlanda. We received the referral from the visitor's center and visited her on Thursday night. We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon, about Jesus Christ and Jehovah (can you guess what religous background she has?), and left her Alma 32 to read and pray about. She told us that she was just unable to explain what she felt while she was in the Visitor's Center and we were able to help her understand the nature of the Holy Ghost. On Friday we had another lesson with her, read more from the Book of Mormon, and helped her understand her answer to her prayers. She went to Church with us on Sunday with a friend of hers who is an RM, and while my companion was attending our other wards her friend and I taught her the Plan of Salvation. She loved it. At the end of the lesson, I asked her if she believed if the Book of Mormon was true. She said yes. I asked her if she believed if Joseph Smith was a prophet...she said yes. The Spirit is working absolute wonders with her, and she's really experiencing true conversion. She has a baptismal date for the 5th of December (just in time for her Dad to come to town...), and she says the great challenge of hers is that of breaking the news to her Dad. I asked her, "what happens if your parents say no?" and she replied, "Then...oh well. I'm going to do it." GOLD! GOOOOOAAAALLLL MEXICO!!
Can't you see why I absolutely love this work? The Church is true!
PS I've attached some pictures from the baptism. One of the pictures has Karim's girlfriend...don't go thinking he got baptized just for her!! haha just kiddin.