Received November 16, 2015
Shout out to my sister, Mollie, who is now a pretty cool 24 year-old (if my math is right) – it was her birthday!
Last Wednesday, Hna. Alcazar and I were able to find tucked away, little apartment complex that we had never visited before. We entered the gates and soon found that we had been transported to Meximala or Guatexico, a funny hybrid between the two countries that has a few Honduraneans peppered in. The field is white in Guatexico. We found 12 potential investigators in approximately 90 minutes! Those potentials led to Javier and Ramero accepting to prepare to be baptized on December 5th, Jeremias excitedly asking if he could have his own copy of the Book of Mormon, and Nahun telling us that he used to go to church in Honduras and that his uncle is a branch president! It also led to a woman yelling at us and telling us not to come back when she’s home and to a confused man pushing a shopping cart with a small Latin child in it who asked me, “…is this your son?”, but we choose to focus on the bright side.
We decided to visit a few people who had been taught by missionaries in the past, and on Thursday night met Evelyn who immediately let us into her home. It was wild – she has five kids! We asked her how long it had been since other missionaries had come – she replied, “Oh, they came by last night!”, and we learned that their family was currently being taught by the Elders in the English ward in Lehigh and ended up just saying a quick prayer with them and recommitting them to read the scriptures that the Elders had left with them. On our way out, however, she asked me, “Wait, you’re from La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias? My friend is trying to find your church!” She excitedly called her and wrote down her address and told us to head over right away. (Just like when mother calls us) quickly we obeyed! That led to us meeting Lourdes, who is now preparing to be baptized on November 29th! Her daughter, Valeria was baptized in Honduras just over a year ago. Lourdes received the missionary lessons for about a year, but never was willing to get married to Valeria’s father, whom she was living with, and therefore never was baptized. Now, however, it’s time! She had only been in the country 17 days when we found her – the Lord really does guide us to where we need to be!
While on a full-exchange with Sis. Jones, we chose to knock in some awesome white apartments that we were sure were the homes of concourses of Latins. We soon learned, however, that that was not the case and that we were simply knocking the ghetto. We were able to meet Sharon, however, whom we invited to church at 9:00am. “Ooooooh”, she replied, to which I said, “I know, it is a little early, but..”. Her immediate response was, “Oh, honey, for Jesus I would wake up at SIX A.M.!”. We love it when we find people who are willing to sacrifice! 😉
Another massive miracle we saw this week came through boldness! We finally were very straight-forward with Cristal, Marulani and Bricia‘s mom, and invited her daughters to be baptized on a specific date. Cristal told us she would need to speak to her husband, Melvin, and didn’t seem very committed to doing it or confident that he would say yes because he isn’t very religious. We encouraged her to do it, however, and she promised she would. We came back a few days later to learn………. THAT HE SAID YES! And shocked the world by saying that he might like to be baptized too! The whole family minus Melvin came to church on Sunday, the first time for Cristal in years. It was a beautiful thing to see after working with them for so long. The are still deciding between baptism on the 28th or the 5th of December, but they are committed!
What a week it was – truly brimming with blessings from the Lord. And I didn’t even share with you the half of them (just the most exciting ones). We ponderized 1 Nephi 1:20 this week while knocking doors, which reads, “But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance”. “And [we] had faith”, just as Enos did (Enos 1:16). Truly it is faith that moves mountains, changes hearts, and effectuates miracles. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf – they make all the difference for us! James taught me that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”(James 5:16).
I love you! Read your scriptures!
1. Hna. Calderon told us if we put tomatoes and almond oil in our hair for 20 minutes it would make our hair grow faster – who knows if that’s actually happening, but it made our hair soft and our bathrooms a mess! 🙂