Hello Family! I hope that you all had a good week this week. We had a pretty crazy week, because of two big things that are passing by in Xela this month. Yesterday was Independece Day here in Guatemala, so all the Chapines here are celebrating like crazy. Also, an annual fair in Xela has been here all month, so that´s been crazy also. All in all, almost everyone is gone to the fair when we try to pass by, and we didn´t have as many lessons as we wanted, but it still went fairly good!
Our most positive investigators is an older couple named Lorenzo y María. They are always willing to listen to us, and they have been progressing nicely. The only problem is that they have recieved some help from the church they are in right now, so they aren´t really ready to change religions... yet. We´ve put baptismal dates with them for the 12 of October, so if they recieve an answer by then, they said they will be baptized. So that´s awesome!
We´ve also found this guy named Ricardo this week. When we first passed by his house, he was SO prepared by the Lord ot recieve us. He was listening, and I mean actually listening to us, and when we went by two days later, he had remembered everything that we had taught (Even to the year of the First Vison!), and had thought a lot about the message. Unfortunately, he couldn´t come to church because of the stupid fair (curse you Satan...) but he is looking really positive.
With Wendy, a granddaughter of a recent convert who has a fecha bautismal set up, we have been working a little bit with her. But, seeing as she is a teenager (That sounds so weird to say, now that I´m not one... HA) she´s been at the fair everyday this week, so we haven´t had any lessons recently. But now that the fair is dying down, we´ll get back on teaching her.
We also found the sweetest lady on Saturday. She has never spoken with missionaries before, but she has always seen us in the streets, helping people out, and just being good people. She told us that she has always admired that, and she said we are welcome to pass by her house any time. EXAMPLES ARE SO IMPORTANT! Be an example to everyone, and they will be so much more willing to listen to the fulness of the Gospel.
But, this week wasn´t all fine and dandy. We did have some crazy rejections this week that make for some very good stories. For example, we were going to visit this one investigator from a while back, and when we got there, her husband answered the door and basically told us to get lost. When we explained what we do, he took out his phone, took a picture of us, and told us he was going to report us for being in his house... (Even though we were standing outside...) Well, long story short, we left. But it´s sad that people are so misguided that they have to do stuff like that. But that´s life. We move on, and don´t get discouraged!
I have had a really fun time working with legos teaching about the apostasy of the chruch and how through Joseph Smith, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ restored the Gospel. You build up the church, from the time of Jesus Christ, and then you take it all apart through the Great Apostasy. And then you bring it back together through Joseph Smith. A great object lesson, and it keeps the kids entertained. Just thought I´d share that with you!
But yeah, this was kind of a longer letter, but it was a good week to write about. We just always have to press on in the work of the Lord, and we will be blessed. Maybe not now, but eventually, the blessings come. They do come. I am a witness of it. I love this work, and I love this Gospel. And I love each of you! Keep up the good work wherever you are, and Until Next Time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Alma 5:14