Hello my friends and family.
What's crackin!? How is life? I hope it is good! It probably isn't as good as mine, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I mean, not very many people can find more than a couple golden investigators at one time!! Okay, Well let's get started, shall we?
This week was great! I mean, every week is great, but you just have some weeks that are really great and others that are just barely great. Well this week was one of those really great weeks.
We have been teaching Martha for a while now and she is progressing really well. She is the one whose family lived in Utah for a couple years and who was exposed to the church up there. She has been taking lessons for a couple weeks with us and has attended church 4 times. She has told us that when she had open heart surgery, missionaries were in the hospital and gave her a Book of Mormon and she had read a little bit of it. Obviously she has been prepared by the hand of the Lord. So she is set to be baptized on the 23 of August.
Then we have also found another guy named Ramiro. He is a gentleman who has a store in the street market that you frequently find in the streets of Mexico. He also had contact with the missionaries in another city but didn't think much about it. We never could get an in home visit with him but we would always have little "Contact Lessons" with him in the street or in the park. One day we saw him at the market and he told us that he has been passing through some rough times and that he would like to talk with us, so we set up a time with him to meet him in the park and talk. Well we waited and he didn't show up. The next day we are walking through the park and we heard someone yelling at us. We turn around and he is hurrying to catch up with us. He told us that he had gotten stuck doing something and couldn't make it. He asked us to come to his little one room apartment and we had a lesson with him. The next day we go back and set a date for baptism. The next day we went to get him for church and he came with us. Since then we have been having lessons almost every other day and he is progressing really well!! Just to give you an idea, we gave him the Restoration pamphlet and when we returned the next day we asked him if he had it so that we could talk about it. He was like "Oh, this one? Yeah, I have read it twice already. Let me tell you what I learned." He then proceeded to tell us about it. He continued talking about the list of terms that are found in the back and then defined them for us in his own words. I just sat there open mouthed and was like "is this even real? Somebody throw a Book of Mormon at me." It was so cool! He has already come to church 2 times. He is scheduled to be baptized in the first week of September.
Some really good stuff is going on out here. Oh, something really cool that happened yesterday. Our convert, Elias, is really popular in the neighborhood and has many friends. Through him we have made a lot of friends as well. Well some of these friends haven't wanted to give up the whole drinking thing yet (but we are working on it).
Well yesterday we were walking down the street and saw a group of them out and about (drinking) and so we went over to talk with them. We made some jokes, told them to stop drinking, they thought that was another joke, and we were all laughing and they were drunk and it was just funny. Then all of the sudden this guy comes out of one the garages and says "Do you know what you are?" Well, yeah, duh. I am a 19-year-old living in Mexico preaching the everlasting gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He didn't let me respond, he just continued "You're liars" No sooner had the words left his mouth when he was struck by lightning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha-ha Okay, he wasn't struck by lightning, but all of our friends who were just a little under the influence, started yelling at him, telling him he was crazy and to get lost. One guy even had his arm cocked ready to knock the guy out. It was freaking awesome!!! Ha-ha I have never had something like that happen before in my entire life!!! Then later on that night Elias sent us a message that neither he nor his friends would ever let anything happen to us. It was a super great feeling.
Well, that is all I have!! When things are looking down, just know that it is because something good is around the corner. Remember, we have dark times so that we can appreciate the beauty of the bright times later on!!! Have a great week!!!