Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

Happy P-Day!

Wow it has been quite a week.  

We are teaching a couple right now and seeing so many miracles, the mother is  20 years old and the father is 22.  They are not married and have a son who is 3 years old.  

When we first met them we walked into their little tiny home and he was sitting without a shirt and they were both smoking.  I had a moment of doubt, thinking "okay this might not go anywhere."

I couldn´t have been more wrong.  Something I am learning is that I know  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  Heavenly Father has prepared people, and you never know who it could be.  That is why we must speak and invite everyone, because you never know who may feel the spirit.  Who am I to judge them?  Who am I to say that the Atonement isn`t going to work for this person?

So anyways... we sat down and ended up having a great lesson about the Restoration of the Gospel!  Fast forward two lessons later: we have taught the Plan of Salvation.  And everytime we speak, the mother looks at us with really big eyes and is completely focused.  After our first lesson, she read to 1 Nefi 10!  She says that as she reads, she feels something strange.  And she has no desire to smoke anymore as she reads (this is amazing because she has smoked since she was 12 years old and currently smokes 2 packs a day... and weighs maybe 100 lbs).  

So we are sitting in their little green room that is typical for Argentina: the bedroom, living room, and dining room are all the same.  And it was 9:20, and we need to be back in the apartment by 9:30.  And as we spoke and read Ether 12:4, I asked her if she wanted "a better world" as this scripture says.  And they both said yes.  

I asked them what their goals were in life... and they said they didn`t know except for happiness for them and their family.  I asked if they wanted to live together forever, and she said, "Sì."  Nearly crying.

I bore my testimony of my family and how I know that we will live together forever. And how the key to this is baptism.  And then she asked the best question in the world.  "And how is your baptism?  I don`t understand baptism."

We explained that it is a promise with Heavenly Father, and that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after, and that we are washed clean of all of our sins.  I can`t  describe the looks on their faces... they were staring at us with such amazement and desire and love.  I then asked them if they would be baptized... and they said, "Tomorrow we will go to church and see how we feel."

Well... they came to church!  And they felt the spirit... and it was beautiful to see them at church in jeans and t-shirts with tattoos.  And the sheer happiness and enthusiasm to learn.  And this new hope that they have.  

I know Heavenly Father hears our prayers and knows what is best for us... and He also is looking out for those who have no knowledge of prayer or the gospel.  And that we are they who seek those that don`t know.  And that Jesus Christ is what makes all things possible.

Love you so much.  Que tenga una buena semana!

The familia Rendon...they are my Colombian family! All from Colombia and our neighbors are strong members.

Tarantulas in our pension! But we fumigated and now all of the bugs are completely gone!
Visited the Rosario monument

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