I got to meet the Ward here! There are a lot of young single adults here who are really tuned in to missionary work! They are always helping and are excited to be part of this work!
My companion, Hna. VanCott, turned 1 year old in the mission and 20 years old in life : ) So we partied it up with Great Value brand no-bake cheese cake that we found in Lider (its Wal-Mart, only Chilean : ) )!!! I love birthdays and doing fun things for my companion : ) She is really wonderful! I feel like we are friends and not just companions.
We got to teach a lot of people this week including Yolanda! She is about 45 and is very spiritual. The first time the missionaries met with her (right before I got here) she said that she would never get baptized. The next lession she said maybe, and on Friday she said YES!!!!!!!!! Yay! It is amazing to see the changes that she´s making in her life!
This week we had a sad parting with an investigador named Cristobal. He is about 13 and very, very intelligent (think teenage Sherlock Holmes) He was going to get baptized this past week but there were a couple of things that he didn´t quite understand, so the sisters pushed back his date for this week. Well, he felt very hurt and upset. He told us this week that he had wanted to get baptized so badly, and he felt like he was prepared. He ended up telling us that he felt angry and hurt and now doesn’t want anything to do with us. Wow. I just kept thinking about this experience over and over again. I felt badly, because he really did want to get baptized, but didn’t understand the importance of being prepared.
I was reading about Joseph Smith in my personal study, I realized that when he first prayed and God and Christ appeared to him he had the same age as Critobal, and poor kid, he had to wait YEARS until God explained everything to him. In fact, he went to see the gold plates four times in four years before he was aloud to take them and translate them! (The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets here in the Americas on gold plates and then was translated by the power of God by Joseph Smith : ) )
Sometimes you have to wait for the blessings you want. God knows how much we can learn by waiting. We learn patience, to be calm, to be steady, and to trust in him when we have to wait. I can see how in my mission waiting out the bad moments to get to the good has shaped me. I know that God loves us, and everything He does is for our good.
His purpose is ¨to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man´ (Moses 1:39). He loves us and wants only the very best for us : )
I love you all and invite you to wait for it this week : )
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