This week was amazing... and Sunday was one of the best weeks of my life.
So we had a Stake Conference with a live satelite feed where Elder Cook and Elder Hales were speaking to the area. And I am in the Rosario North Stake... which is where three of my areas are. Here.... I will give you a visual.
Capitan Bermudez________________La Florida________Alberdi__________________mission home
The line is the main street that takes you all the way to downtown... and it is a straight shot to my three areas. So I went to the conference... and EVERYONE was there!! Investigators and converts and members... it was so beautiful. I got to hug so many people that I haven`t seen in so long. Lots of tears. Daniela Carballo and her family sat next to me! It was so amazing. This is the family that I met in Capitan Bermudez in the beginning of my mission. They had been inactive for a long time... and at the end of my time there they began to attend the meetings. Her husband is now Ward Mission Leader, and Daniela is in the Relief Society Presidency, and her son is going to be baptized this week, and her other son is going on a mission!!
It is an unspeakable and indescribable type of joy. Heavenly Father allowed me to see some of the fruits of things that have happened... and they were much greater than I could ever have imagined. Also, one of our investigators came IN A SUIT!! He got all dressed up and went with his wife... who is our Relief Society President! His name is Julian, and last week we had a Family Home Evening with him and Presidente and Hermana Zanni. It was so amazing... the spirit was so strong. Julian has received his witness many times that he needs to be baptized... for ten years he has known and spoken with the missionaries. He has repeatedly told us that he wants to be baptized, but says that not right now. Some of the most powerful lessons I have ever had have been with him and his amazing wife, Mariana. She works so hard to help all of the hermanas as relief society president! Last week we spoke to her and she told us of her saddness that she feels when she goes home and knows that she won`t be able to be with her family forever... it was one of the most heart-wrenching but empowering conversations I`ve ever had.
We taught about "Why we need the Atonement" and shared personal experiences and read John 3:16. President and Julian talked for a while, and I held Mariana`s hand because she was so nervous for what was going to happen. At he end, he didn`t pick a date to be baptized... but he is praying for one. I know he will be a leader in the church one day... he is so hard-working and sensitive to the spirit... we are just waiting for the day that he calls us up! Mean time, we will keep on teaching him and his sweet family. The spirit tells us to keep going with them.
I am so grateful for these experiences. I wish I could express the love and joy and hope and faith that I have felt... but I can`t. Maybe some of the pictures can show it! I think everyone has experienced little things like this... glimpses of what is to come in the Celestial Kingdom if we endure to the end and help others along the way.