Our main focus as of right now is Elena, Aroldo, and their family. They love the church, and are going every week to church (besides Aroldo). Aroldo has got some problems, and they aren´t married yet (kill me), but we´re not too worried about it. They´ve got the desire to learn, and that´s the most important thing. With that will come the desire to change, and we know that it´s possible for them.
Also, I´ve got two really cool stories about Elena. On Wednesday, we had just gotten to Elena´s house, when some random lady came up to us, and said "Mis hermanos Elderes!" Elena said that she was her neighbor, and she presented herself as Aura. Then she said that before, she was reading the BoM and talking with the misisonaries, but then she moved and lost contact with them. And Wednesday was the first time that she had seen missionaries for 9 years. Wow. She´s reading the BoM again AND came to church. We are fairly sure that she will be baptized this month. Miracles happen guys.
Then, yesterday as we got to Elena´s house, she said "You guys can give blessings, right? My friend is really sick, and I want you to give her a blessing." Man, that kind of faith from an investigator is incredible. So we went to the friends house, and I gave the blessing. That is probably one of my favorite things to do. I feel so much power when I give blessings, because I know that I have the authority to do it. The Spirit was so strong there, and I know that we left a lasting impression there
We have been working with a lot of Menos Activos recently. After the conference with Elder Clarke, I really understood the importance of getting less actives to church. Baptizing one man and reactivating one man are basically the same, because in any case, the church is benefitted, and the man is in the true church. It can mean the world to a less active member having someone care for them. Most of the time it is one small thing that happened, and we can be the means to help them come back to church. We´ve got to retain everyone. It´s a huge problem here in Central America, and it means a lot.
More than anything, the mission has been a huge blessing for me to see who I really am, and who I can become. I´ve learned so much in the misison, and I know that I am a different person that what I was before. I see the world so much differently, and I feel like it is a good thing. The mission will always change someone. We just have to let it change us for the better, and not the other way around.
This is the life. I´m so happy to be here, serving these people that I love so much. Life is so good. Until next time.
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Alma 5:13