Hope that all is well and that you had a great week. Things have been good here in Honduras. Very hot.... need I say more?
Things have been okay with our investigators, though we are in the process of finding more. There comes a point when we have to decide if an investigator is going to progress or no, and sometimes we have to be realistic and, in the words of Manuel, "let the Lord do His work in His time". It has a way of ripping your heart out, when you just want them to understand just how many blessing they could have! But just like Elder Holland has said, Salvation isn´t an easy process. It wasn´t easy for Him, so it won´t be easy for us either. Manuel is super pilas by the way! Yesterday he recieved the priesthood and is preparing to go to the temple in a few weeks to do baptisms. He is so excited about the church, and his next goal is to be able to baptize some of his children. We are starting to teach them specifically and help them to prepare.
I was studying a chapter in Corinthians this week and something really stuck out to me. It was talking about how as members of the church, people look to us as examples, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing.... It was talking about when those that are weak follow after the bad example of one that is suppost to be strong (so and so watched this movie and is the president of young womens so it´s not that bad right??), it is like we are sinning against Christ, because He died for them! It warned against being a stumblingblock for our neighbors. Sometimes we don´t realize just how much of an influence we can have on another person, and we never know who is watching! But the main thing that stuck out to me was when it said, "for whom Christ died." This week I feel like I have been looking at those around me in a new light. Christ died for each and every person personally, no matter who they are! It´s helps to put the worth of souls into perspective.
The other day we found a woman while we were trying to find the house of a reference. She is a member of a very prominent church here in Mezapa, but we found out that lately she hasn´t been able to attend because of some family issues. But we sat with her and taught her about the restoration and the spirit was very strong! We asked if she had been baptized in her church and she said no. Which honestly is a huge miracle, one of the biggest challenges we have is that the majority of people have been baptized in their congregations, and have been taught that one can only be baptized once or else they are sinning (so let´s just say it makes it much easier when they haven´t). We challenged her for baptism and she said that she would prepare and was pretty excited about it. She said that she would read and pray, and it was actually sincere :) Then when she was giving us water at the end of the lesson we entered her house and saw a picture of her and her husband at their wedding... Double miracle!!! They are married!!! I have high hopes for this family :) Prayers would be wonderful. We found another family that live close to us. They have a huge yard with lots of fruit trees.
On the way home one night we found a bunch of little fruit called nances that had recently fallen from the tree onto the street and were collecting them to wash them and eat them. The mom came out and offered to give us a bag full of them :) then we started talking and found out she is a nurse like me! The next day we came back and taught her and she was super interested and had lots of questions. She is also a member of another very prominent church (and lives right in front of it and has culto in her house sometimes), but the Lord has His way of preparing His children. She invited us to stay for lunch and we were able to meet the whole family and gain their confidence. She also gave us some cacao and it is nothing like what I imagined it would be!
Sure do love you all! So grateful to be a member of the true church of Christ... How often do we take that for granted? I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be here. There really aren´t words. Thanks for all your love and support.
Until Next Week,