Happy Thanksgiving last week!!!
Sorry I didn't say anything last week, I had totally forgotten that it was Thanksgiving Day in the good ol' U.S.A. last week. This holiday is not celebrated at all in Mexico, so I had forgotten all about it. But luckily, we had a training with President Mecham on Thursday morning and he mentioned that his whole family was gathered together on that day, but that he was celebrating the day by serving a mission and giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness and His gospel. Then all of us Americans remembered what day it was! So that day, Elder Walker and I taught about gratitude in almost all of the lessons that we had and we explained what the holiday is in the United States and the importance that we should, in all parts of the world, find the time to give thanks to God and take time to see all of the blessings that we have in our lives, even for the little things that we normally don't even think about. And it is important that we can give thanks every day, not just once a year on Thanksgiving Day. So it was a very special day and we were able to bring the bright Thanksgiving Spirit to a few homes here in Mexico to celebrate the day.
1) Last week, just as we came to the internet place to write you guys, there was a drunk man that started talking to us and that said that he wanted to change his life and he asked us to pass by and he gave us his address and phone number. We passed by on Tuesday morning and his mom, Georgina Ramirez, accepted us in and we talked to her and she said that she wants her family to listen to us!!! We taught her and placed another appointment, but then the appointment fell and she had to leave the city for a few days, but this week we will be seeing them again.
2) There's a man in our ward named Hector Aguilar. He's an investigator that is married to a member and he's been coming to church every Sunday for like a year. He listened to the missionaries for a few months, but then he decided that he didn't want to keep listening to them because he still didn't feel ready to be baptized and he said that he wanted to be baptized when he felt ready and he didn't want to be pressured by anyone else. All week, Elder Walker and I have been working hard to get people ready to be baptized, and we've seen lots of success and progress in our investigators (and of course a few moments of disappointment and sadness with others that now don't want to progress) but on Sunday, we had a miracle happen because Hector told us that he's decided that the day arrives in each man's life in which he has to make the decision. And he's decided that he wants to be baptized! So he's going to be baptized the 10 of December!!!
3) We also found a new investigator named Rosa Mar'ia Hernandez last Monday that was willing to close her tienda and go inside her house and accept us in and listen to us. She said that she needs and wants the help that we can give her because she's having troubles with her faith right now. We asked her if she is willing to be baptized and she said yes! And she told us that her daughter would listen to us the next time we came by as well! But she also went out of town last weekend, so we will be seeing her again this week.
If you want to pray for the investigators that we have right now that are ready to be baptized, please pray for:
Dana Bañuelos, David and Brenda Miranda, Susana Mendoza, Rogelio Lopez, Rosa María Hernandez, Hector Aguilar. As well as the Meza family, Silvia and Erica, and Georgina Ramirez.
We have lots of good people listening to us right now and we're looking forward to finding even more this next week. Last week we found 5 new investigators and we had 5 people come to church!!! I'm seeing success and miracles like I've never seen before in all my mission and I'm so happy!!! I know that this is the Lord's work and that he is guiding us each day. He Loves each one of us and Wants each one of us to return to live with Him for forever!!!
I Love You All! Have a Wonderful Week!!!
Oh, other fun things from this week:
This morning, we had our Zone Training with President Mecham!!! It went very well and we were able to talk together as a Zone and inspire, elevate, and encourage one another.
Last night, our house got flooded and we were awaken at 12:30 by our neighbors and we had to dry it all up. But the Lord blessed us so that our suitcases and almost all of our stuff were kept safe and dry.
Today we went to Meyehualco to shop in the huge street "tianguis" markets that they put up every Tuesday.
Yesterday we had to go to the hospital for Elder Walker. He's having pain in his sciatic nerve. But they gave him some shots (and tonight I'll give him one) and now he's feeling better. :)