Hello Family! How y´all doin?!? (I don´t know why, but I always like typing with a country feel to it.) Man, did we have a good week this week. It just made me love the mission that much more! It is absolutely incredible being a missionary. Really thinking about it, who else would spend two years of their lives, right in the middle of everything, just to go talk to some random people in a faraway country about God? Mormon Missionaries, that´s who! Yeah boi.
It is amazing seeing the energy of the ward here change recently. I am seeing a lot more members taking the initiative recently. For example, yesterday, we had FIVE member present lessons. I don´t know about the other missions, but for here, that is really good. Members were willing to go with us to citas, do divisions with us, and just help us out. Man, the missionary work really changes when members help out. (Hint Hint for those at home...)
We were really blessed this week with something I would call a miracle. On Saturday, we had been working hard all week, and we had some really good lessons, but we had yet to feel something really special. So we went to this one guy we found this week named German. We gave him the first lesson like usual on Tuesday, and we came back on Saturday.
We asked him the usual questions about his commitments, like if he had read the BoM, and prayed. Well, he told us that he read what we left for him, and then wanted to read some more, so he did. At this point, I was feeling really excited, but trying to keep it cool, I asked him if he had the chance to pray about it. He said yes, so I asked him what he felt. And the answer is the answer every missionary wants to hear. "I just feel chills, you know? Like I had a fire going on in my chest." Is that perfect or what? Wow... WE were seriously so blessed to find him. He came to church yesterday and everything, and even said yes to being baptized on the 23 of November. It really was just amazing to live it. What an experience. So we will be definitely following up with him to make sure he gets baptized!
That story just goes to show you about the power of the BoM. We should all try to use it more in our teachings, and in our lifes. It really is the word of God.
Just to talk more about Guatemala, Jeffrey has been saying that some spooky things have been going down. It´s true. Guatemala, and my mission in particular, is famous for it´s "black magic." For example. Yesterday we were going to visit someone at their house. But when we got closer, we heard a bunch of shouting and people yelling "Get out! Get out!" So we were like what the heck? But we knocked anyways. A 12 year old boy answered and said, "Now isn´t a good time, we are casting out a demon!" And shut the door. So yeah, we just walking in on a group of people (including a evangelical pastor) casting out a demon. Yeah, Guatemala´s weird.
But yeah, it´s been a really good week, and I´m planning for an even better one this week! Man do I love being a missionary! Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Read 2 Nefi 22. It´s a great chapter. Also 2 Nefi 25:23,26