We have set a goal as a companionship to do at least 5 contacts per person per day. It´s something that we have been struggling with of late and decided we needed to be better. We saw a tender mercy from the Lord, showing us the power of goals and faith, on Tuesday evening. It was nearing the end of the day, and I hadn't yet reached my goal of contacts for the day, so I knew it was time to step it up a notch. I remembered what we learned with Elder Gonzalez, that the field is white and ready to harvest, and the Book of Mormon is our sickle, so I decided to thrust in my sickle and see what happened. I took out a Book of Mormon and waited to find the person who needed it most. However, I didn´t wait long. Not 30 seconds after I took out the Book of Mormon did we see a family walking down the other side of the street from us. I immediately knew that I needed to give this family the Book of Mormon. We walked over to the family and started a short conversation. The man said he enjoyed reading the Bible and we bore a brief testimony about the Book of Mormon and how it is the word of God and testifies of Christ just as the Bible does, and that it contains even more beautiful things that cannot be found in the Bible. The man, Marcello, gladly accepted the book and promised he would read it. It was just a wonderful blessing from the Lord to see the fruits of my little bit of faith. Sadly, we haven't been able to find them at their home the past few days and we're still waiting to have a first lesson with them. But if nothing else, I am grateful to have had that experience strengthening my testimony of faith and the importance of goals.
As I mentioned, we also had some prayers answered this week! Our awesome investigator, Ricardo, has committed to work for a new baptismal date and prepare himself and cleanse himself of his past problems in order to be baptized on November 1st. We were having some doubts about him because he wasn't getting an answer to his prayers and didn't feel ready to be baptized, but now, he's had an interview and feels ready to make his covenant with the Lord. He fell a little bit this week and smoked but we are praying that he will keep his new commitment (as of Saturday) to stop smoking and be clean, repented, and ready for the 1st. We have been praying that he could get an answer to his prayer and gain a small testimony that he may feel personally ready to be baptized.
We have also been praying for new investigators. We found a new family that we were able to teach twice this week! They are daughters of a less active sister. The daughters are really nice but kind of shy, but no one is more shy than their mom. We had passed by a number of times before teaching them and taught them the two times, and we hadn't met the mom until... yesterday! She's really nice and seems to have the desire to come back to church, its just that she's probably had some bad family influence the last 8-12 years she's been inactive. Her brothers drink and smoke and it's just not a very solid spiritual environment at all. Plus, it doesn't help she´s the only member, but we are trying to fix that! The daughters accepted a baptismal date of the 15th of November! So things are looking up!
Things went well with one of our Noches de Hogar! Ricardo went and we talked about eternal families. It was a really spiritual lesson and everyone felt the spirit. I shared about our family's special testimony of eternal families and our conversion story. It was also awesome to hear the members bear strong testimonies of their own. It really moved Ricardo, nearly to tears, and helped him strengthen his testimony. We only had 1 of our 4 planned, but hopefully we will have more this next week!
I hope you guys enjoy the pictures! Sorry I haven't been sending them, I don't have a lot to take pictures of... haha
P.S. Please click on the pictures below to see the larger picture.