This week was so mmuch work. It is fantastic! We were running around so much jsut trying to work with everyone of the leaders, and get all their references and everything. Especially because in this area there are so many endowed, inactive members, that is our first priority for trying to reactivate and baptize part-member families. so that's finally getting going. The new recent-convert program South America has encoorporated hadn't been going yet in this ward, so we finally got that kicked into gear this week too. Lots of meeting with leaders to unite everyone and establish good relations.
Also, we spoke in sacrament meeting yesterday, and after, the members were all just su cute and excited, and I shared my experience with Emily, and that made them so excited to have a spark of faith and invite more people. So in the evening we had a ward activity to see the 'Meet the Mormons' movie, and they invited a good group of non-members! We are so excited to get to know them more, and help them find the plan that God has for them. It just made me so happy to see how much the members love us as we show them that we are willing to work, and that we will take good care of the people they present us to teach. Please always have in mind people that the missionaries can teach.
As we were looking for one less-active member this week, we found him and found out that he had been to the tmeple many times, and that he was sealed to his wife. But he doesn't believe in the Book of Mormon or Latter day prophets now, and without even noticing tears just started rolling down my cheeks while he was talking. I think it kind of startled him, and made him sad that I had so much empathy and understanding of what that meant since he has made the highest covenants with the Lord. He tried to make me smile, and told us not to stop doing what we're doing, because it's something good. I'll probably teel you the rest of the story someday. I just felt the weight of his choices, and my testimony grew of how real the covenants are that we make in the temple.
But on a happier note! We had exchanges this week, and I went to chorillos and was with Hna. Hansen for a day. It was so fun! I was happy to come back to my own sector though, and get back to work with Hna. Cubas. She's my little sister, and it's fun to take care of her.
We found a father and son this week that accepted a date to get baptized! They didn't come to church, but they really do want to turn their life around, and we are excited to help them.
Please take care of the people in your own ward. Sometimes we think that everyone is just fine... but people really do need a lot of support. Each day we should ask ourselves, 'what have I done to share the gospel?' How often do you talk to the people you home or visit teach? Were there any convert baptisms this year? Have we invited them over for a FHE? There is so much work to do. Let no one shirk! It seems like we always sang that song in FHE when I was little. It's one of my favorites... Put your shoulder to the wheel.
If you don't know what the Lord expects of you, that's why He has given us three valuable tools: the gift of the Holy Ghost, our right knee, and our left knee. Pray lots, and then listen for the answer. And if the answer doesn't come, we're probably asking for the wrong thing.
I love you all so much!
Happy birthday again to my cute baby Taylee! I realized that I have never been present for a single one of Taylee or Adee's birthdays, so for their birthdays next year me and them will make sure to do something extra special.
Have a wonderful week!