Remember Fiorella, Kiara and Aracely that were baptized on November 23, 2013?? Well, at the time, their mom decided that she did not want to be baptized. We worked and worked and worked with her for a long time. Her name is Juana. She comes to church every single week but she would not accept a baptismal date, so we had to drop her, in December, as an investigator. Well, this week, Hermana Lopez and I were talking about what we can do to help Fiorella, Kiara and Aracely (our converts and her children) progress in the gospel. We decided that the ONLY thing that would really help would be for their mom to be baptized so they could receive the blessings of the gospel as a family. But we had already done everything we could to help her, so we decided to set up an appointment for her, with the Bishop. Our Bishop is so great! (side story: His name is Rey Leon which means Lion King :) so thats kind of fun :)) Our Bishop is really good with families and helping families with their responsibilities with their kids. So... Juana had her interview with the Bishop, and during Relief Society after her interview she walked in, sat down next to Hermana Ana (our pensionista) and said ¨Me voy a bautizar¨. I didnt hear it, I just saw her lips move so I was freaking out. I told Hermana Lopez and we were dying for Relief Society to end so we could go talk to her!! haha. We went up to her right after RS, and she told us that she had decided to be baptized, that she knew the church was true and she wanted to support her daughters in the Gospel. :O WE WERE SO EXCITED. Seriously a miracle!! Man, the Lord has been working hard on her and she finally softened her heart and she will be baptized :) We are SO excited!!
We have 3 more investigators getting baptized as well and one more set for . Susy is 17 years old and received her answer that the church is true in about one week :) She is more than stoked to be baptized this weekend :)
Also, Alejandro and his son Alexander are getting baptized . This is another miracle that we have seen. They have been coming to church for the past 2 weeks and yesterday we had a lesson with Alejandro after church. Alejandro told us that he has felt so special these past two weeks. That everytime he goes to church with his son, he just feels so good and peaceful. His life has been going so smoothly and he just feels that it is right. That it is from God. He says that he ¨has found something so significant in his life that he didn't even know he was searching for¨. That really made me so happy to hear, and a little teary to be honest :) This is what the gospel does for people! Makes them so happy and their life SO full! In Elders Quorum , they talked about the family. And how sometimes, when things are not going well in a marriage, couples just take the easy route and they split up. They just give up on each other and on their kids and separate. Alejandro separated with his wife 3 years ago and it really affected him and his kids. As Alejandro was listening to this class in Elders Quorum, it made him think about his family, and what had happened. He left church really thinking about this Elders Quorum lesson. When we got to his house he told us that if he had heard that class three years earlier, he would not have split up with his wife. Sometimes things get hard, but with the Gospel in our lives, there is ALWAYS a way out. The family is ordained of God. And Alejandro is fully aware of that now. He was pretty sad that he hadn't heard the gospel earlier to fix things with his wife three years ago, but he is grateful that he has it now to continue to grow with his son. We love this family so much and I am SO excited to send photos of their baptism this week!!
This week I had a work visit on the beach! I am SO tan!! Haha. It was beautiful! It is called Miramar and I had the chance to go there and work with the Hermanas :) We did service one of the days and we climbed a HUGE hill (the ¨mountains¨ here are just HUGE piles of dirt). Anyways, we climbed this hill and had to level out a 5 meter square so that an old man could build his house up there. So...we had to break these HUGE boulders and throw them down the hill! It was HARD work and it took about 4 hours to do. But it was a really interesting experience and I had fun :) Being a sister training leader brings lots of fun experiences. I am really grateful for my calling :)
Alright, well I am SUPER pumped this week. Hermana Lopez and I are going to keep working hard and looking for the people that are ready to hear the gospel :) Thank you all for everything and I love you!!
Con BASTANTE amor,
Hermana Agle :)