This past week, we had some great things happen! I’m very happy and excited that my companion and I are becoming much more unified, which has allowed us to have some really good, really important lessons.
It rained a lot this past week, which meant a) it was only about 80 degrees instead of 100 for most of the week, but also b) bucket showers were much colder than usual, haha. We happen to have a heated shower in our apartment (yes, we are blessed) however, most mornings the water pressure in the shower is basically zero, so you can’t use it anyway. Usually I just use the bucket showers and freeze and it’s fine.
So this week is Thanksgiving! haha, We had to explain to the Bishop and his wife why we celebrate thanksgiving in America. Nobody here really knows about it, and most people don’t even know thanksgiving exists. So I believe on Thanksgiving we will be having…rice. But that’s fine–I’m too poor to splurge my support on American food this week.
The great news from this week is that our investigator, Renato, had his baptismal interview, and will be getting baptized on Saturday! woo!!!! It’s really exciting for him and his family, because he’s been investigating the church and waiting to be baptized for 7 years. He had to have interviews with the mission presidents in the past, and wasn’t cleared for baptism until just a couple months ago. But in the past 7 years, he’s brought his whole immediate family and his wife into the church, and are all now active members. He’s the last one. And they are really excited to go to the temple in a year to be sealed as a family! It’s a huge miracle, and it’s a real blessing to be a part of.
Besides that, one morning we spent our companionship study and 12 week training really trying to figure out what to teach Jomel and Jamaila. Like I said before, they really stopped progressing and it was getting really frustrating. They’ve been being taught for a year and I’ve been praying a lot about maybe just dropping them for a while. So we decided a course of action. We’d just drop by and give them a reading assignment–Moroni 10–and then go back in a few days and see if they read. If they did, we could have a lesson and hopefully the Spirit would be there to help us out. If not, we’d have to explain that we would have to stop coming if they wouldn’t keep commitments. We also felt to bring a specific fellowshipper, Sis Hannah, to their lesson Saturday night.
So we go to the lesson…and they READ! it was so great. The Spirit was really there the whole lesson, and Hannah was the perfect fellowshipper for them. Jomel really committed to read and pray for an answer. Jamaila is still kind of hanging in the middle somewhere..I don’t know if she’s quite ready yet, but Jomel is getting there. We had Jomel pray at the end of the lesson and it was such a great prayer. And the next day, he came to church. Man, it was so great. And a huge miracle. I hope and pray he continues to progress.
We went around the other day with a list of ward members contacting people we didn’t know. We contacted a less active family, and they agreed to let us come back to visit. I felt really good from the contact we made, and we went to their home last night. It was absolutely wonderful, and I love that family! I don’t know if I’ve ever loved someone so fast. I hope we can help them to feel how much Heavenly Father loves them and to help them gain those great gospel blessings in their home and in each of their lives.
There are so many miracles that happen every day–we see them often for investigators, members, and less active members. But I also am becoming more and more aware of the great, huge miracles the Lord is doing in my life and within me. As I learn to trust Him more, and learn how to humble myself more, I recognize the Spirit more clearly trying to teach me during moments that I otherwise would have only found to be frustrating. I am learning and growing so much and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I am so happy I can be here to do my best each day to help others to feel of the joy the gospel brings to our lives, and the power that Christ has to heal, help, uplift, and change us.
I love you all so much, and hope that you have a wonderful week!