Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble. –Mosiah 28:3
This week has been amazing! We made almost all of our goals! And we are working on finding escogidos every day. We found them the majority of the days.
S- is doing well. We taught him this week about baptism and repentance, and about Palabra de Sabidurìa and follow the prophet. He applies all of the things that we teach him, and he is reading and praying. But he didn`t come to church this Sunday, since he went to a cinceñiera the night before, so we are going to move his baptismal date, since we want to make sure that he is firm in the church before he gets baptized. We also got his mom`s permission this week so that he can get baptized. She originally said that she doesn`t want it for her, but after we filled out the ficha with her, we taught her a little bit, and she said that we can come back to visit her again. :)
Ja-is doing really well. We went with a member that is more mature, and were able to teach him in his house. She really helped us out, and answered a lot of his questions. He felt really good with her. We taught him how reading and praying and attending church can help him find answers and know the truth. In the end he said the prayer again, and said that he felt heard, and teared up. It was super good! He couldn`t come on Sunday, since there were elections, and he had to work the election table. But when we talked with our Lìder Misional on Sunday (who is his friend), he said that Ja- asked his dad for a white shirt and tie to come to church!!
E- is a woman that we found week 1, when we saw a house and felt inspired to knock it. She came out and listened to us, and accepted a Book of Mormon. Yesterday she came to church, but she got there right when the Sacrament started, so had to wait outside until it ended. But she liked the church, and said that she felt peace. We taught her this week about The Plan of Salvation with her Less Active friend, P-. P- is from the South and moved here like 10 years ago, but never came to the church. P- was going to come to church with E-, but didn`t make it until right when it ended, but she came! We had a lesson with two active members, and had everyone introduce themselves and say how they felt, and what they learned in the church that day. It was super good, and we basically didn`t say anything. The members all talked and helped E- and P- to talk, and testified of things that are important for them in this time of their livesm and also about their own conversion process. So that was cool. We also learned things that they hadn`t told us before. For example, E-`s husband never stays to listen to us, but he is always in the kitchen, and E- says that he listens from there. Also, he is really opposed to churches since he had a bad experience with leaders of a different church when he was little, but he brought her to church! We have citas with both E- and P-, and are going to try to start teaching the rest of their families too.
We are doing a lot better with contacts too, and following up with the contacts that we`ve already done. We found a ton of new investigators this week by doing that. That was also one of my goals from Thursday--to start more contacts, since usually my companion starts them. We applied that, and on Saturday we found 3 new investigators before lunch! And another escogido, and another contacto that is going to accept us back. We are working super hard to apply all of the things that we have learned, to sacar la tapa, to talk with everyone.
We are working the areas of San Justo A and San Justo B, which is a lot. We had a thought this week that we are going to try to apply. Since before we were trying to work in all of the sections of San Justo, but there are some that are really far away, and hard to do it without getting spread super thin. So we are focusing more now on exploding one or two of the sections in each of the areas, A and B, so that when it gets divided again there will be people to work with in each area, and then with 2 companionships they will be able to explode more the parts of their areas that are farther away.
I love you all! Keep up the good work, being missionaries to your friends! You never know who will accept the gospel now, or who will remember your good example in ten years and have interest. This work is true, and the only way to return to God and to live with our families forever!