buenas tardes mi amada familia.
since my camera broke i will be sending inspiring pics to you all. this one is one of my favorite scriptures.. for many reasons. :) 1 - because my comp hermana falcon always asks me doctrinaly based questions where i rarely know the answer.. hahaha so my answer is always the same. 1 nephi 11:17. 2 - because I TRULY know that the Lord loves his children.. i think thats my favorite part about being a represant of jesus christ 24/7 because he puts the people who need his love in our ways. being able to see & feel the lords love for ALL his children is truly what makes our lives significant.. this week was probably one of those life changing weeks.. :)
monday we had a little incident with the hermanas de Baca, so they stayed the night in our house. we were without hamacas and then we had our reunion in merida at 730 haha which meant we had to wake up at 430 to start showering. so we were a little deprived of sleep, but hey the sacrificies bring forth the blessings!
soo... we had 5 investigadores in church!!! we were THRILLED. these past couple of weeks the work has just been BOOMING and the lord is truly blessing us with the people who need His love. Ryan will be baptized this saturday! and his sister came to church yesterday! i have loved seeing them regain their spark for the gospel.. its like everything makes sense to them again..
Jose Rafael! he is the referencia de los elderes. He will be baptized the 15. He is a PF as well. This man...his faith is so strong! its a family of 5, they live with their mom. they moved here from cancun about 1 month ago. the rest of his family are members but he has not been able to baptize for addiciton of alchol but he has been without it for about 3 weeks now! we are so excited for him. he has gone through lots of missionaries trying to dejar a tomar, so sometimes he teaches us the lessons.jajaja he has such a love for the gospel and always says "im doing this for my kids so that they can have a life full of happiness.. so that they dont have to make the same mistakes ive made.." SO AWESOME.
Fabiola and Pablo!! our cute little couple. they came to church this week. they are so shy, but the ward just loves on them. jjaja and their cute little daughter. they are so excited for their baptism. Pablo always gives us a full summary of what the reads in the LDM before we can start the lessons. we are so excited for them! they should be getting baptized the 15 as well!
Brandon and his mom Yara.. he is the other 9 year old we have been teaching. he is cousins with ryan. We have usuall taught them together, but decided that its more efficient to teach them separate so we can focus more on their families specifically to reactive them.. They have been facing lots of challenges.. their father left them about a year ago. he is a drunk and the last week entro in teir house at the 1 in the morning and beat hermana Yara...we were heartbroken.. he refuses to pay child support and the laws are super slow here so the mom has finally found work but now cant attend church. when we went this week they just bawled to us.. the 2 teengage girls. his mom said that now is not a good time for brandon to be baptized and brandon crying said no. this is the time because i know god will help us, and i want to be a missionary. how the spirit felt the room from this little boy.. (as such is the kingdom of heaven) they all agreed to help little brandon with this goal.. later on in the week we read with them in LDM in 1 nefi 18. THE BOOK OF MORMON APPLIES TO EVERY NEED, AND CAN ANSWER EVERY QUESTION WE HAVE.
on friday we had a confernce with the zone and AP. hermana falcon and I had to give a little talk about pride.. jajaja we talked about el PUEBLO CAIDO del libro de mormon and did a little demostration about laman and lemuel / nefi. it was fun.
after we arrived to our area we were looking references and found MARTA. of course we didnt find the refernce like always but we found marta!! she moved here 3 weeks ago after splitting up with her husband and we had a lesson super powerful with her. she told us how she feels like she doesnt know who god is and how she wants to save her marriage.. she accepted to be baptized with lots of animo. she was crying and told us thank you for finding me.. i love these moments. I TRULY KNOW THE LORD LOVES HIS CHILDREN. that we are his hands!! that the pure love of christ conqueres all - pride, weaknesses. everything. we cannot truly love our heavenly father if we do not love one another.
i am so grateful to be here in the mission, sometimes the lord sends us to far places, or across the street just to find the ones who need HIS love. we all have the power to feel this world with the love of christ! let us answer to that call. love you all so much! baby rock is the cutest in the world.