Transfers are in: I’ll be staying in Rio Vista and Sis. McGrath will be moving on to new things! We are sad to part, but excited for what the Lord has in store for us!
Our miracle-man this week was Jesus – a Cuban media referral we received a bit ago that is preparing for baptism! Our lessons and experiences with him have been very interesting, mostly because he has the gift of gab and can literally talk for hours straight without being prompted if we let him. He was so excited about church when we invited him that he even offered to bring the members who accompanied us to the lesson (even though they have their own car). On Thursday we went over to meet with him and met his nephew who has a crazy Cuban name that I probably couldn’t spell even if I could remember it. Basically, he has a lot of issues, but he was really excited that we were there because he wanted to show off his knowledge. He ended up teaching me “original ancient Hebrew” and told me that it was the most important thing I would ever learn in my life. It was quite the experience. 🙂
We started teaching a new woman that we recently found named Yeny (pronounced Jenny). We thought that she was really cool because we found her quite miraculously: We had only eight minutes before we had to leave for an exchange and decided to pray that we would be able to find a Latin in what appeared to be a completely Haitian neighborhood. We prayed in faith, walked down the street, and knocked the door we felt! Lo and behold, a wonderful Guatemalan woman who apparently never lets people in but that day she felt it and allowed us to pray with her. As we were leaving, I noticed a portrait on the wall of a salty old sailor that looked pretty antique and important. I asked her who it was, thinking it might be a distant ancestor and faimly heirloom, but her response was, “Oh, that’s the grandfather of Sponge-Sponge! My kids wanted me to buy it.” Turns out that her children are just big fans of Spongebob and she has no sailor-ancestors at all, that she knows of anyway. It was special. We continued teaching her for a couple of days, but unfortunately we weren’t quite specific enough in our prayer and have dropped her. We know that God will continue to prepare her and that missionaries will again knock on her door at the right time!
Our car needed some lovin’ so we had to head over to Firestone for a bit. We thought it would be a quick appointment, but we still haven’t learned yet – when it comes to cars, it’s never a quick fix! We ended up passing a few hours there and had a really cool experience with a man named Elicio. He was reading the Watchtower, so we thought that he might be a Jehovah’s Witness, and so we casually struck up a conversation about religion (it helps when they’re already obviously religious). Turns out that he was an avid studier of religion and had been searching for his whole life to find the church that most correctly lines up with the teachings of Jesus Christ. We were able to have an awesome Restoration lesson right there in the waiting room and sent him on his way with his own copy of the Book of Mormon to study. The best part was, when Sis. McGrath was sharing the 1st Vision with him, though in Spanish, Jeff, our Canadian cashier was 100% tuned in as well. It was a cool moment for me to witness the power the Holy Ghost can have upon people when true doctrine is spoken.
We made leaps and bounds with the Sales family this week! We randomly stopped in while they happened to be making tamales to sell at a farmer’s market, so we jumped right in and had a grand old time with them. They have been semi-active for a long time, and their son, Edwin, was baptized just a few months ago. It ended up being a great and spiritual experience with them and they came to church!
In other news, Isidro received the Aaronic Priesthood! WOO!
In the wise words of my favorite wizard, Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”. Whenever we turn to the Savior, we will find light and hope. We need only to trust in our Father in Heaven and His promises, live obediently, and take the step of faith into the darkness. Matthew 6:22-24 says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Let our eyes be single to His glory.
I love you!