For starters we saw a lot of success with our new investigators! Side note, they’re all a little older (Abuelos as we call them in Spanish : ) ) My favorite investigator is named, Renaldo! His wife passed away a year ago and it hit him HARD. They were very close and now all he wants is to feel peace. He is progressing fast, and told us that when we come and teach he feels something in his heart and has had a lot more peace since we´ve started visiting him! I got to testify to him that that is the Holy Ghost testifying to him that these things are true!
One of our other investigators is named Maria : ) She lives with her down syndrome brother and just ¨feasts on the words of Christ¨! She is the sweetest Grandmother every! And we are trying to teach her with her daughter who lives next door: )
And.... My poor little companion contacted a drug dealer!!! Hahaha in her defense I totally told her to go contact a man with a shopping cart... in the street... at night.... In my defense this is not that weird in Chile. Point is it’s better to just not contact men with shopping carts at night... because that results in hasty excuses and riding your bike very fast in the other direction : )
But my favorite part by far this week was the baptism of Cristian! No he is not my investigator, But Hna Ceccon and I found him the last transfer and we´ve been in close contact while he investigated the church. So though we didn´t teach, I was just over the moon!!!!!! I feel so blessed to have a small part in helping him : ) Really this was the best choice he could have made! The spirit was so strong during his baptism! I have never seen anyone so prepared to accept this Gospel in their lives!
This week I studied a lot about repentance. We read the story of Alma this week with one of our investigators. Alma was a missionary/prophet in the Book of Mormon who, before he has a missionary, was.... well not a great guy. But he choice to repent when he felt the consequence of his actions. This investigator has not been very honest and were trying to help her see that she can and should ask God for repentance. She/We don´t have to live with that guilt over our heads! We can be free because Christ has already paid the price of our sins! Here’s a link to the story : ) verses 5-22
I want to remind you all of Christ´s never ending love for us. No that does not mean we don´t need to work and strive for perfection but it does mean that he will make up for what we cannot do!
I love you and am praying for you!
P.S. teeter totters are not dangerous in Chile, so our day off we found ourselves some sweet playgrounds : ) #Childatheart!