Can I just tell you that I love this work! This past week has been most excellent, and as you may or may not tell, we have seen pure miracles here in our Wards!! It's incredible how much the Lord has been blessing us these past few weeks, and it seems like the miracles just keep coming. Here are a few so you can get a taste of it:
We have been working with an investigator named Pedro, who was a referral from the Zone Leaders from the Zone next to ours, and we had his baptismal interview last week. While we were waiting for him to show up to the interview, a lady came up to the Chapel and told us that she had spoken with the sister missionaries a few years ago, but that she had since then stopped going to Church and was never baptized. She said, "I think my time has finally come, and I would really like to be baptized. Can you tell me who the missionaries are that live near my house?" She gave us her address and it turns out...that WE are the missionaries that live close to her house! Needless to say, we set up an appointment, went and visited her and her family, and talked about what we had to do so they could be baptized. Turns out that her husband and her two kids, Andrea, 16 years old, and Alejandro, 8 years old, want to be baptized as well. Andrea made the suggestion that they should read the scriptures and pray together as a family every day, and they've all received witnesses that the Book of Mormon is true. Awesome. the Mom, Elisabeth, had a dream after reading Alma 32 and said she saw a tree in the middle of a field, and heard a voice that said "The seed is good and fertile" and then woke up. Miracles! We took them to the visitor's Center on Saturday night and it was pretty sweet.
Pedro had his interview, passed it (we thought he was going to need a special interview), and has been progressing a lot. I'll tell you about the baptism a little further on.
Our investigator had his interview the same day as Pedro, and he did need a special interview (we thought he was the one that wasn't going to need it), and we set up the appointment for his special interview for Sunday at 6 30 in the Visitor's Center, which leads me to our next few miracles...on Sunday.
Sunday morning I dropped my companion off at 9 o clock in the Balbuen Ward, where Irlanda was confirmed a member of the true Church, when a family of three (Mom, Dad, and son) show up to church with a family, and we were able to set up an appointment with them for this week so they can be baptized on the 26th. Miracle! Afterward, I headed out to our other Wards, first to Zaragoza to bring Elisabeth, her husband, Andrea, and Alejandro (who will be known as the Romero Family from here on out) to Church, and I left them with the Ward Missionary Leader and headed to our next Ward, in Hangares. There, Pedro came to Church, my companion showed up a little afterward (don't worry, we did splits and we weren't alone haha), and we had Pedro's Baptismal service at 2:00. It was awesome, Pedro is a big guy and we had to buy special clothes for him, and my companion almost dropped him in the baptismal font, but it was OK. We went to eat lunch with a family, and then headed to the Visitor's Center with Alejandro to have his special interview. He passed with flying colors, we headed back towards the chapel, got lost, but then showed up right on time, and had an amazing baptismal service for him at 8:30 at night. Holy tiring day....and really really rewarding.
Our goal for baptisms for this month is 5, and up until now we have been able to baptize three people in these past two weeks. The Lord has blessed us so much...according to the investigators we have that are ready to be baptized, we should end the month with about 8 to 11 baptisms. It has been absolutely incredible, and I've gained such a strong testimony of how the Lord can bless us when we humble ourselves before him. The investigators He's given us are absolutely inspiring to see...people who are truly converted to the Lord. And then...Elder Budge receives a call from the Zone Leaders.
In the midst of all this great success, I'm getting transferred tomorrow.
1. Elder Flores and I and a bag of "Fritos"...we think it's funny because we call the disobedient missionaries "Fritos". HA!
2. Me freezing my tushy off in our house during personal study...it's cold here!
3. Me and Elder Andrew Stott from the Mexico City South mission...we went to junior high together and we saw eachother in the Visitor's Center on Saturday!
4. Us and the Romero Family in the Visitor's Center.
5. Pedro's baptism.
6. Alejandro's baptism
7. The Ward Missionary leader is teaching us how to make pizza today! As I write...we are waiting for the dough to rise.
8. Me "wofting" the scent of the pizza sauce that we're making.