I have to begin by telling you about the weirdest lesson I probably have had yet. So this family that we are visiting, the dad is an active member, the mom is a less active who hasn´t come to church for years, and the kids aren´t members. We have been working with them to get them active and help them come back to church, so that we can get the kids baptized, which could be five baptisms. It has been hard, but we definitely have made some progress! This lesson, we decided to try and extend an invitation for baptism for the kids. So we began talking about baptism and how it is the only way that we can make it to the Kingdom of Heaven. (John 3:5) We bore super powerful testimonies about baptism, and then the big question came. We started to ask the kids if they would commit to being baptized, and it went amazingly! The first two kids that we asked agreed, but as we were asking the third kid, the dad interuppted and said that maybe they weren´t ready! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He should be super excited that his kids are agreeing to it! We explained to him that we would help them get ready, and we will be with them every step of the way, and that helped him out a lot. Eventually, we got every single kid to agree to be baptized! Woo Hoo! But, the lesson wasn´t over yet. We asked the mom if she would like to be in heaven with her family forever. She started to explain to us that there was just one God, so it didn´t matter what we did, as long as we believed in God. She dropped a bomb on us and told us that she might start going to another church... So yeah. DUring the lesson, we got 5 baptismal dates, but just about lost a less active member... We are going to help her out, but seriously, the whole last part of the lesson just felt so weird!
We also have another family that is really positive, the "miracle family" as we call them. It is the family of the man I was telling you about last week. They live about 1 1/2 hours away, so we didn´t get much time to go and visit them, but they seem way positive, and we might be able to put some baptismal dates with them this week! How exciting that everything is picking up here! I love it!
I did divisions with our Zone Leaders on Tuesday this week, and I went with Elder Schmidt. We had a member come with us to go teach a lesson. His name is Iffy, and he is from Africa, and totally looks the part! He travels the world learning languages, and right now he is working on Spanish. He knows two african dialects, English, French, and now Spanish. But yeah, we went with him, and I couldn´t imagine how funny it must look for the people in Momos: Two Gringos and an African walking down with a bunch of Latinos in the middle of Guatemala. I just had to laugh about it!
I am really glad that things are picking up here, even though I might be leaving soon. (Oh by the way, I should tell you that this change has been extended by a week to accomadate all the new missionaries that are coming in. So I still have two weeks left in this change.) After 6 months in Pancá (Holy Cow!) I´m pretty sure that I will be leaving. But it has been really good to see things picking up here! I love this work, and I always will! THank you all for your support always, and I will talk to you all next week! Until Next Time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Alma 5:26. We should always be ready to "feel so now" about the gospel. If we have had a change of heart, and know for a surety that this church is true, we should always remember it and always feel it in our hearts. If you can, also look up Elder Cook´s talk from this last General Conference!