This week has been a really good week for us. We started off the week with two big goals in mind: Find at least 15 news this week, and extend a baptismal invite to all of our progressing investigators that we have. And that worked miracles. We accomplished every single one of our goals. Found exactly 15 news, and invited everyone to be baptized. Now, not everyone accepted to be baptized, but it helped us see who was going to progress and who wasn´t. And some people did accept a fecha! When you put hard reaching goals, and you do everything you can to reach them, miracles happen.
Our most positive investigator now is Jorge. He´s accepted to be baptized on the 29th of March. He´s basically ready for everything. He accepts a lot of the doctrine we give him, and when he doesn´t understand, he asks questions to understand. And they are really good questions. He couldn´t come to church this Sunday, but when he told us that he couldn´t, he was apologizing like mad! He promised us to come every Sunday from now on. He´s looking really good, we just need to keep going with him.
Also, we went with some old investigators that we had. They are an older couple that live pretty far away. Crazy how it happened too. This week we got a random phone call, and turned out to be the man, Lorenzo. He just asked how I was doing, and when he figured our that I was still here in Chiquilajá, he invited us to go with him. And when we went, they were so receptive! They remembered a lot of our message, and they are eager to learn more. I am conviced that if they come to church, they´ll for sure get baptized. (They also accepted a fecha for the 5th of April, but they need to come to church for that to happen.)
By the way, Antonio is just rediculous. He´s not taking us seriously, and it´s been really frustruating to me. And it´s also effecting Cindy. She didn´t come to church because he didn´t want her to. We really need to talk serious with them, but they are going on vacation for about two weeks. Great... So things are slowing down with him, but we are going to keep at it.
They are the people that accepted to be baptized. We really tried to have everyone accept a fecha, but we didn´t have too much luck. But we´ve got some progressing investigators that are looking good, and I´m sure we´ll be able toput more fechas this week.
Also, I´ve been enjoying a lot contacting recently. Like, a lot. There are some really amazing things that happen when I find myself contacting. And, for me, I guess I´ve kind of made it a game when the people aren´t interested. I try to make them change their mind as much as I can. For example, there have been people that say they don´t want us to visit them, and 5 minutes later, we have an appointment with them. Could you call that manipulation? I guess. But it´s for a good cause! Jaja
I´ve been really working on making my studies more efficient. I gues Elder Welker, my comp from the CCM, was thinking the same thing recently! Jaja but for a while, I´ve been studying to strengthen my testimony, be more sure about things, etc. But recently, I´ve been trying to focus on what my investigator needs. Really praying about their needs, and how I can help them. It´s been incredible. My studies just seem... better. I´ve been getting a lot more out of my studies, and that always helps.
Talking with my comp this week, I´ve realized that there is a point in every convert´s lives that they change from a convert to a member. And it´s a very needed change. For example, a man named Pedro that has been baptized a little over a month is already a member, because he´s magnifying his callings, and really just plain pilas. On the other hand, there is a convert her named Martha who has been baptized since August, but she is still a convert. Why do I say that? Because she doesn´t go to church every week, she´s not sure about what she´s doing, etc. And we need to help the people make that transition. it is so important, becuase it´s the difference between active and inactive when their testimony is tried.
Hoo, I hope you all understood that last paragraph...
Well, that´s about it for now. I´m thinking I´m in my last week in this area, becuase changes are next week. But you never know. But in case I do, I´m going to go out with a bang. Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Read 1 Samuel 10:8, and then 1 Samuel 13:5-14, and think about the importance of Profets/Priesthood. And if you want, D&C 98:14-15