Friday, November 23, 2012
We had a fantastic Saturday, a noche de blanca as it´s called where many people were entered the waters of baptism to receive a remission of their sins and to gain the key to enter the kingdom of God. Alonzo had the wonderful chance to baptize his wife and now we continue to point them to the temple so that they can become an eternal family. (Just as Jacob and Shayla [Congratulations, sad I couldn´t be there but it´s all good]) Refocusing on the mission Sunday Maria received the Holy Ghost all wonderful on this side of the story. We had the primary program Sunday and the church was packed almost 150 people. It was hard to find seats.
Nonetheless it´s always difficult to find a fantastic investigator and then from one day to another don´t want to read or come to church, so we have to let them go and so as a test we told asked him for the Book of Mormon back to see if he would react in a way that he wants to keep it. Nothing he handed it over with out a blink of an eye. Sad moment for us however; I hope it did show him that The Book of Mormon is super important for us and that you cannot just have it as a book, it has much more value than that. We explained that to him, but still nothing. It was a heartbreaking moment.
The other photo is of the first Christmas tree I´ve seen of the year, with Juan and Dinka, such a wonderful couple. However didn't come to church...grr..
The mission has been a great experience for me, I´ve learned about many things I want for my family in the future and things I don´t. I´ve seen and heard so many different marriages with problems and the causes of these problems. Learned how greatly I´ve been blessed in our family. Sunday in Elder´s quorem we spoke of raising children with the teachings of George Albert Smith (I assume that most of the world is at or almost at the same page in the book) and one fellow member said, "You can know that their (signalling to us missionaries) didn´t screw up because by their fruits you shall know them and that they are here having success." So I guess the point is thank you Mom and Dad.
Have a Wonderful day- because you can choose to.
Elder James O. Gillespie