Sunday, October 30, 2011

"I want to be baptized."



Well. Its been a pretty good week here. We are working really hard and always have that feeling that we have so much to do and no time to do it. Its pretty exhausting. We are running from appointment to appointment to appointment, with no time in between at all. Its making it hard to find the balance because while its really good that we are teaching so many lessons we still need to find the time to talk to people and find new investigators. So we're working on figuring that out.

We did have a pretty cool miracle this week. There is a couple here, Maria y Hugo, who have been investigating the church for a long long time. They have been through 6 sets of missionaries, go to church every week, and go to the activities, they are basically more active members than the active members. But they just kept saying they weren't ready to be baptized and that they needed to learn more. They are really really stubborn. No matter what any one said about that they didn't need to know everything, that they already knew enough etc, that all that mattered is that they new that the church is true- which they do, they kept refusing to be baptized. The set of missionaries before Hna Maughan and her last companion actually ended up dropping them, or stopped visiting them, because they just weren't progressing anymore until they decided to be baptized. They just wanted the missionaries to come over to answer their questions from what they were reading in the Bible. About a week before I came, Hna Maughan and her other companion decided to stop by and visit them and tried to set a baptismal date with them for two weeks from that time. They said no, that it was too soon and they didn't want to be forced to be baptized. One of my first days I was here we visited them, and just talked about how if they know the Book of Mormon is true, that means that everything else is true, but again nothing came from it. So we decided to just visit them every other week, because, they still weren't progressing. Monday night we visited them and we talked to them about enduring to the end, because we really felt like they were afraid that they would fall after their baptism, and that by not being baptized they were keeping themselves innocent. It was a fine lesson, but really frustrating because it was the same old thing. They agreed with everything we said, but still wanted more time to learn more. We finished by having a kneeling prayer, and I offered it. I just prayed so so hard that they would be able to feel the spirit and recognize what it is that they need to do to follow Christ and which is the correct path. We finished and it was normal. Maria asked us when we could come back and we set up a return appointment and were hugging her goodbye and shaking Hugo's hand. When I hugged Maria she just said, "I want to be baptized." Hna Maughan and I were both like, "What?" "Really?" I didn't think I heard her right. But then she started crying and said, "I want to be baptized, I know I need to be baptized." Oh man, it was amazing. There was like a huge rush of the Spirit all of a sudden. We told her she could be baptized this Saturday, and she said yes, thats what she wanted. So we sat back down right there and started planning her program. Through all of this Hugo wasn't saying anything. Which is very very unlike Hugo. He was just sitting there with his arms folded not saying anything. We got through almost all of what she wanted for the program, and then we asked her who she wanted to say the opening prayer, and she said her husband. We asked him if that was okay, and he just says, "Well. I want to be baptized too, eh."  Oh man, it was awesome. We left that appointment and got out the door and freaked out. I don't think I have ever been more excited in my life. It was a crazy night calling people and trying to figure everything out. And we called the other missionaries who had worked with Maria y Hugo, to let them know and oh man I'm worried Hna Maughan had her hearing damaged from the amount of screaming on the other end. Its really incredible to be on this end of the process. I know it wasn't anything Hna Maughan and I did that helped Maria y Hugo get here, its all about timing. We were talking to one of the other missionaries who taught them and told them about the lesson and she said she taught that exact same lesson just a few months ago. And just a few weeks ago they said that two weeks was way too soon to be baptized, and now they are being baptized with less than a weeks notice. Whats also pretty cool, is that we had two baptisms that were scheduled for this Saturday that had to be postponed, and we were feeling pretty bummed about it. But it was because we needed this Saturday open for Maria y Hugo! The whole ward is so excited for them. Its going to be an awesome day on Saturday.

Other than that, things have been pretty normal here. Just super super busy.

Well, yeah. I don't know if I really have anything else this week. I got some warmer skirts and stuff from a member who we are helping dejunk her house which is pretty cool, and Cruz bought Hermana Maughan and I both new shoes because she said ours are so ugly. :) People here are pretty awesome.

Love you all. Hope to hear from you soon. Send me stuff, yeah? Halloween candy!!!

Les quiero muchisimo,


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