Sooooo... it has been a while!
Things have been going pretty good here in Mariano Acosta! Its been a lot of tire spinning... We feel like we are working and just aren't finding the success we are looking for. On the upside, we have 2 awesome baptisms last transfer! And, yesterday in church, I had the opportunity to confer the Aaronic Priesthood on Mariano, one of our baptisms from last month! He is so awesome and it was a special opportunity I had to confer upon him the authority of our Father in Heaven.
We had a nice little miracle this week! We were walking down a street early on in the week and we were passing by a home we knew to be the home of some less active members. We had already passed by a number of times and they didn't want to come out or they all ran inside when they saw us coming... kind of typical behavior down here... Anyway, we had resigned to the fact that they didn't want anything for the time being and had no intent of talking to them; however, I saw some people gathered outside looking like they were moving some stuff. So as we walked by, I just asked if they needed some help and they kindly accepted! We tend to offer service a few times a day and end up doing some service related tasks once or twice a week... (It's weird, no matter how nice or sincere we try to be no one accepts our help sometimes) So, when they accepted, I thought it was interesting after they had clearly rejected us a number of times before. After helping them (it went really fast with our help) for about 5 minutes, we had a brief conversation with a lady where she described some of the family problems going on with them right now. After finishing the conversation, we decided to set a date to come back and teach. When we returned, we had a really great lesson and ended up inviting two of their non member relatives to be baptized! They accepted! It was pretty sweet and we really felt that the lesson helped bring some peace and calm during these stressful times.
I love you and miss you all!