This week, I´ve realized that when we work hard, blessings always come. Sometimes they aren´t immediate, and sometimes they aren´t in the way were were thinking of. But they always come. I´ll tell you guys why I´ve realized that. We are working a lot with Elena and her family, and things have been interesting with them. They´re coming to church, but are having a hard time accepting the Gospel. BUT! Because of them, we have been led to their families, friends, and who knows what.
One of those people is Aura, who I told you all about last week. She´s so pilas. She´s coming to church, reading the BoM, and even giving us references. There´s a possibility that she could be baptized this week, on the 17th, but if not, it will be next week. She literaly just fell out of nowhere to come find us, and now look at what is going to happen.
Another one of those people is Rut. She´s a friend on Elena, who has a lot of problems in her house. She always tells us, "When you both come to teach Elena, call me so I can come over." And one of the best things about her is that she understands everything so well. With a little more time, I´m sure that she is going to love the church, and be baptized one day.
I think one of the most important aspects of missionary work is talking to everyone that you can. You never know when someone is looking for the truth, or just ready to hear the Gospel. But if we never talk to anyone, we´ll never know. Maybe the majority of the people won´t accept it right away, but some seeds can be planted for future missionary work. This Gospel has to get to all four corners of the earth one way or another, and it´s our job to do it.
Lastly, something else that I feel like talking about this week is how key the BoM is in this church. The mission is really stressing that we make sure that every member of the church (recent converts too) is reading the BoM. They have challenged us to ask every time that we see someone, "What part of the BoM are you at?" When someone really has a testimony of the BoM, they almost never fall away. And that´s something that we need to focus on here in Guatemala.
I absolutely loved talking to you guys yesterday. I loved seeing you guys, and talking just like good old times. (That makes me sound like I´ve been away fo sooooo long...) But I can´t wait to be able to do that every day in about two months. You guys are really special to me, and I´m so grateful that we are able to spend all of eternity together. You guys are the best. I love you all so much.
As for now, it´s just time to keep pushing forward, diligently and inteligently, in the Lord´s Vineyard. Everyone that has time, go to LDS.org, find the spanish hymnbook, and put hymn #88 in Google Translate. Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. The scripture for this week is kind of long. Read Alma 60 and 61, and think about how we should act when someone complains against us when it´s not justified. Especially Alma 61:9