Seriously, this week was full of miracles left and right. The Lord is blessing us so much! I can't even express my gratitude; there is opposition in all things. While Satan is working hard to make us discouraged, God is working even harder to shower us with blessings.
We had our Ward Conference yesterday and wow, the spirit hit everyone like a wall. Seriously, there were so many wet eyes. We were in the choir, we sang, "Where can I turn for peace," "Jesus the very thought of thee," and a song for yw y ym called "escoged hoy" (choose today). Stake President spoke and the first thing he did was hold out his arms and said that he wanted "to hug everyone" and expressed his love for us and a desire to bear our burdens along with us. I just imagined it as Christ...literally in the scriptures it states so many times that he extends his arms out for us. He is holding us through the bad times and the good.
Okay, I am just going to quickly go through some of the highlights that happened this week. Sonia (the abuela de pancho) (Pancho's grandma) prayed for the first time! Step by step I know she is going to accept the gospel...her prayer was so sweet. Step by step up the stairs, I know we can all make it!!
We put a fecha with a nuevo, Pamela. She is awesome. She has a little bit of anger with god, just because she doesn't have all the answers she wants. She has 2 daughters and we are going to baptize the entire family :) She has a desire to follow christ, and with that desire anyone can enter the waters of baptism! So we put the fecha for the 26 of October.
We put on an awesome missionary activity on tuesday for ward conference. We did the Iron Rod obstacle course! We tied a rope stretching all around the outside of the chapel. Every person was blindfolded and had to hold a hard boiled egg in their hand. The "holy ghost" (us) were guiding them through the obstacle course, but the "devil" was trying to distract them and give them candy or cookies so he could to take their eggs. It was so important for them to LISTEN, to TRUST in the Spirit in order to overcome the obstacles in their path and yet not let go of the Iron Rod. We went through rooms where the music was so LOUD, they could not hear the Holy Ghost yet they had to keep pressing forward. They climbed over chairs, under tables, and around other stumbling blocks all the while holding to the Iron Rod and their egg. The course was difficult but at last they made it to the chapel which was decked out in white... the Celestial Kingdom where they removed their blindfolds and got to see their eggs which had the words: testimony, calling, family written on each of them. We then had a devotional in the "celestial kingdom" and many people had the opportunity to share their testimony. It was such an awesome experience!
Maria José is progressing so much, she prayed without her 'cheat' sheet and we really see her faith growing. It is awesome to see the light of christ shine in her a little brighter every time we visit with her. She even handed me her book at the end of the lesson with a smile on her face waiting for her homework assignment lol.
We had a lesson with Lisette (investigator) and she offered the last prayer and thanked god for sending us to her house and bringing the spirit which she has not felt in a long time. She said that she had hungered for this spirit. Seriously, I know this gospel blesses the lives of people, it brings peace and comfort that every single one us are searching for in this crazy life. Talk with god, he has created the world, he is the highest of the high, and he wants to talk to YOU so talk with him.
My comp and I have really focused on falling asleep while thinking about our investigators and what we can to do to help them. It is so awesome, I have received so much revelation in thinking about their needs and their doubt...it's great.
"How long are you going to wait to turn to god? Until something bad happens? Don't wait. Now is the time. Follow Christ."
I love the gospel. I love the work. I love being a Missionary, a Representative of CHRIST Himself