So....miracles DO happen :) Like all months, the goal is that we baptize 2 people. but this month there is more pressure to reach it because the goal as a mission is 200 so that we reach the goal of 1800 by the end of the year. All our possibilities fell through and we just had one teenager (Estiven or Steven) who is timid and has a fear of baptism. I told my companioin that he would probably not get baptized this month because he was so nervous and not ready. But with animating him by visiting with a great joven preparing for his mission he is now excited!! What lack of faith on my part!! His fears were his clothing after baptism (white shirt and tie that he does not have) and that there would be tons of people there. We helped him feel relaxed about them both. We taught him the Word of Wisdom and at first he said it would be hard to stop drinking coffe (what else are you supposed to drink in the morning and night when you are cold?) but then when verifying how he is doing with it he told us confidently "I don't think it will be very hard for me to stop drinking coffe!" he is awesome. So he will be being baptized! he has permission and everything! Miracle #1
Miracle #2: There is a another jovencita (teenager, girl) who has been going to church for over a year. Her dad says he wants her to wait 3 to 5 years before getting baptized.....parents and their children!! We haven't been able to find her lately, but this week we found her dad. I asked if he had prayed and asked when Francis should get baptized, and he told us whenever she wants to. It is her decision. One of her friends in chruch (who was there with us) told her and she said she wants to get baptized!! so maybe 2 baptisms this week!!
Why have we been seeing miracles? Because we are working so stinking hard!!! Really, the success and happiness all comes from hard work. The time passes quickly and we feel good. But if we lazily work, we feel bad, and the time passes SUPEr slowly. Hard work is hard (strange, right?) but it is so worth it.
We have had to drop some people who at first felt good, but decided that changing was too hard and told us they didn't want us to come anymore. It is REALLY hard to see that. When people feel something, but then decide staying as they are is easier. I have been reminded many times this week : Many are called, but few are chosen. And I know that includes me! I have to work very hard to be obedient and do the correct things in the small things. The big things are what everyone sees and notices, but god notices the small. The small things will be our downfall in the end. So I am working hard to not even think doing something small is alright. the path is narrow and straight!
I love this Gospel, and it is so cool to hear about how many teens from the ward are deciding to serve and family as well! Spencer is home! Wow!! Can't believe it!! Before I go, I wanted to share something I read in Our Heritage in my personal study that I LOVE!
There is no cure for the ills of the world except the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the Kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel. There is no work that any of us can engage in that is as important as preaching the gospel and building up the kingdom of God on earth
Joseph Fielding Smith
I sure love you all!!! Have incredible weeks!!! And don't forget to watch the world Cup!!!! :)