Yesterday was my four month mark and I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate my cumplemés! We got to eat with Maria Jesús (she was baptized at the end of August) and we discovered that she has been called to serve as first counselor in the Primary! She is such an amazing woman. We're still trying to get through to her husband (why can't everyone be receptive to the Gospel?) and she has given us a reference to visit her inlaws. I feel that a FHE is about to take place sometime soon :)
Another great experience we had yesterday was with Bernardo. This 21 year old is a fantastic person, but he is all over the place when it comes to make a decision about being baptized. Two weeks ago, he was ready and willing to be baptized, but due to his busy schedule, he had no time to have a baptismal interview. We taught him last Sunday and he said that he didn't feel good and he didn't know how to explain to us why. Sadly, primary kids were trying to use the room we were in and he was able to slip out without explanation. We tried contacting him all week but he never responded, until Friday when he said he would see us at church. Hna. Rojas and I were so grateful when he said he would be at church! All of our prayers have been for him this week, and they will continue to be for him for a long while. Yesterday, he met us with all smiles! After the 3rd hour, he asked us if he could choose who baptized him. What?!? Prayers work! I testify to that! He also wrote his name down to help feed us poor missionaries :D. I'm kind of exploding with happiness! He said he would let us know if he can meet with us this week, but he said that he would for sure have time Saturday evening after he's done watching the Priesthood session. !!!
We are also working with Maria Teresa, who will be baptized in mid October. She is a joy and a thrill who hopes to enter the Temple to do temple work for her son who passed away. She, like Bernardo, is also very excited for Conference :)
I am so excited for Conference! I have been talking about Conference all month and I am so happy that it is finally here! This morning, doing personal study, I was reading a talk given by Elder Uchtdorf in last years general conference. He says,
The Church is designed to nourish the imperfect, the struggling, and the exhausted. It is filled with people who desire with all their heart to keep the commandments, even if they haven't mastered them yet.
Many people, investigators, less-actives, and members alike, are oftentimes discouraged when they feel they are not perfect members or perfect disciples of Christ. There is no way we will ever be perfect. This is the reason we have this Gospel! To help us imperfect people know that there is a hope and a light. This hope is in Christ. He is literally our Savior, the one who will help us with all our imperfections. The desire we have to do what is right will guide us to the truth. I hope that as we all prepare for this General Conference, we may remember that this is a weekend where many imperfect people come together to understand how perfect the Gospel is. I love this Gospel. I am so thankful to be an imperfect representative of our perfect Savior in bringing my brothers and sisters into the flock.
I love you all! Enjoy Conference!
|Chiles en Nogades. Delicious!|
|We also had mac and cheese.|