Yes, I`m writing on Tuesday instead of yesterday, but you`ll all see why soon. And if the letter is too long, just skip to the end, because it is the best part.
So this Saturday Luis and Edwin were baptized! Nice. My first baptisms in this area, and they were good ones. The service was really special, something that seems to be lacking here in Guatemala. But it was incredible. These two have made some really big differences in their lives, and we were able to see the result of it. They were so happy the whole time, and they kept saying afterwards, "I`m baptized! I´m baptized!" So happy. And we also had a total of 17 investigators in the service! I was amazed in how many investigators came. And they all said that they loved it. (There were more investigators than members, but that`s beyond the point...)
Their confirmation was also really special. The Bishop really made them feel welcome in the ward, and some temple missionaries that were there gave them ties for next week! They were really happy about the support of the ward, as was I. They are now saying that they can`t wait to go on missions one day, and that`s my hope for them.
We are still working with Elena and Aroldo. Aroldo is kind of rough, because he`s kind of hard-hearted. He accepts us and everything, but we just need to get into his heart. The rest of the family is doing great. They went to the baptism and church, and they are loving it. We just are going to keep going with them and make sure that they always have that excitement.
We`ve also made some progress with Antonia, who I had mentioned a couple weeks back. She is the sister of a member in the ward, Hermana Paz. For years she`s listened to the missionaries and all that jazz, but this week was something special. After about 18 years of contact with missionaries, she came to church for the first time. Ever. The whole Paz family was shocked. But I´m not really. I´ve had a lot of impressions that now is her time, and we are here to help her with it. I´m sure that she will be a member of the chruch this year. I know it.
The reason that I am writing today instead of yesterday is because yesterday, Elder Don R. Clarke of the Seventy came to our mission to have a conference here. He is the assistant Excecutive Director of the Missionary Department of the Church. And man does he know how to do missionary work. If I learned anything about him, and General Authorities in general, it`s that they have a much higher vision of missionaries than we all do. They know what missionary work can be, and they want us to catch that vision. Elder Clarke taught us a lot of things, and it really made me want to finish my mission off the strongest way possible. That man is incredible.
It`s been a great change here in Colonia. Changes are this week, but Elder Pagán and I are staying together, just like we thought. So we are all charged up and ready to convert even more people here in Colonia. I love being a missionary so much, and I honestly wish I could be one for much much longer. The Lord lives, and is hastening his work. Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. DyC 49:24.