Hola familia y amigos!
Entonces… Gen conf was the bomb! We spent the entire week inviting anybody and everybody to go see and hear the voice of a living prophet and apostles of the Lord. How incredible is that blessing?! God lives and speaks to us today through his servants, the prophets. This is something that we often take for granted as members of the church and it shouldn’t be that way. I have realized in my time how lost the world really is and how the words of Prophets bring guidance, direction, and purpose to the lives of the lost.
This last conference I was in Tucuman and we were preparing Bruno Bonanno for baptism. He was very scared to get baptized without being 100% sure of all the baptismal questions and he could never say that he was sure that Thomas S. Monson was a prophet. We gave him talks to read but it just didn’t cut it. Then general conference came. We scheduled his baptismal interview in between the 2 Sunday sessions and we gave him a promise that if he went to the conference with an open heart the spirit would testify that Thomas S. Monson was a prophet and would feel ready for his interview.
So we watch the session and we meet in the hall after, and I just asked him “So… what do you think?” He looked at me and said with all the surety of heart and a smile “Sí hermano. Sí”. He went to his interview and passed and was baptized the next week. I will never forget the power of that day!
Bruno Update: I’ve heard from the Elder in Parque Guillermina that Bruno is still very very active and is growing a ton in the church. The rest of the family haven’t really progressed because the desires aren’t there. But they keep trying!
This conference we had investigators there! One member brought his nonmember friend Carlos, and the parents of the familia Juarez came! We didn’t get to talk much with them after but they said that they really liked it! Whoooooo!
I have one more story from this week. La Familia Molina, a new family we are teaching now! So rewind like a month to my first week here. E. Black and I are walking and I basically make a joke about contacting this huge group of teenagers (there was 11 and I hate talking to huge groups like that) and he just says “No lets do it.” I say “Seriously, do you want to?” And he did, so we went over, made friends with them, got some addresses and invited them all to church. One girl seemed a little more genuine than the rest (Veronica Molina) so I put a little star by her name in my planner.
Fast forward to last week. I see her name in my planner and just feel these crazy strong desires to visit her. We were finally able to go and we knock the door and the mom looked though a peephole in her door (a hole in her door that she uncovered) and told us that she was locked in (a very typical lie here) and that her husband was getting a locksmith to open the door. But something in her voice said that she really wanted us to come back. So we go back a few days later and we meet her at the door. She tells us that she needs our help and is going through some really rough problems. We gave her a Plan of Salvation pamphlet, said that she isn’t alone in her problems and God wants her to know that he’s there. Then we said we´d come back another day because there wasn’t a man in the house.
This week we went back and she told us the story. One night she was experiencing a lot of difficulties and sadness and everything was just too much. She prayed and asked God to send her someone to help her and her family. Her daughter Veronica gets home and tells her about us and about how they should go to church. Then she waited for us to come, not knowing how to find us or if we would come back. Then she prayed about 3 weeks later that “those boys who talked to my daughter would get to my door.” Later that night we knocked on her door. Then a little later that week she prayed that she wouldn’t have to feel alone and later that night we knock on her door and we felt inspired to testify that she never will be alone. We are now teaching a large part of her family and they are so humble and wonderful!
What a blessing it is to be a missionary! What a blessing it is to answer the humble prayer of another. Mine is the same testimony as President Monson´s “The sweetest experience I know in life is to feel a prompting and act upon it and later find out that it was the fulfillment of someone’s prayer or someone’s need. And I always want the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him” May we all be that person that the Lord can count on!
Love you all!
Livin the dream,