As for the work in this area, we´ve got a lot going for us. Last week was a bit slow, just because we were getting used to the area, getting to know all the members, and just getting a feel for things. But this week we worked really hard, and we got a lot done. For example, we were able to teach the most lessons with member present that I´ve ever had. We´re also working on getting a lot of new people to teach this week, with this week a number of 18. This area is a great one, and now we are seeing the benefits of working hard.
We had a really spiritual lesson this week with a less active family. They just got baptized this February, but have since stopped going to church. So we went with them to see what´s going on. And it was amazing. (Just part of the family is a member, not all of them.) We went over the Docrtine of Christ, lesson three in PMG and probably my favorite lesson to teach. Everything was great; they were listening very well, and making great questions. But the best part was at the end.
I felt the spirit really trying to tell me to put a fecha with the members of the family that weren´t members. So I went to work. When we finished the lesson, I basically said, "Luis(nephew), Edwin(nephew), and Katy(daughter), you guys need to listen to what we have to say." We had just seen Luis and Edwin once before, and just met Katy that same day. But the Spirit really guided me on what to say. Basically I explained the importance of baptism, and invited them to be baptized. The Spirit was so strong there, so it didn´t really surprise me much when they all agreed to be baptized on the 19th of April. Really, that was one of the most spiritual moments in my mission. After the lesson, Elder Pagán said to me, "Wow, I´ve never heard you talk like that before. That was powerful." Miracles happen guys.
Sorry if my explination doesn´t make much sense. I was trying to put in what I had to say and wanted you guys to understand, but reading it again it just looks messy. But I hope you all understand. Lo siento.
Throughout my mission, I´ve heard so many people say that we as missionaries are like angels for them. And I´ve been realizing this week how true that really is. There are so many members and just people in general that have the mindset of, "Man, those missionaries are just so perfect." Sometimes we as missionaries don´t really feel that all the time. But we have to take into account how true that really is. All the things that we represent. For a lot of people, we are the guardian angels that give them this happiness, and that is what we are supposed to do. It is always really humbling to hear someone say that we are angels. It always makes me want to do better.
We watched the Testaments this week with a less active family. Let me just tell you guys that that movie is the best FHE movie ever. It´s really just a silly movie, with action, love, war, great one-liners. And then at the end, BAM, the spirit just takes over in the last 3 minutes. We Jesus Christ comes to the Americas, man, it is so powerful. Afterwards, we had some 4 year-old little kid say, "Mommy, I want to see Jesus like those people did!" So innocent, but yet so powerful. And we will all be able to see him again.
As a side note, they´ve asked me to play the piano in church again. So that makes every single area I´ve been in, I´ve played the piano in Sacrament Meeting. Something that I had really taken for granted. One of the quickest ways that I start to feel the spirit is through music, and being able to make that happen is one of the greatest gifts I think that I have. God knows every single one of us, and what we all need.
Alright, time for me to finish up. This has been a really long email. But a good one in my opinion. This is the Lord´s work, there is no doubt in my mind. We are his servants, called to do his work, and there is no other place I´d rather be. Until next time.
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Matthew 10:29