Unfortunately, I have changes... Yep, this week there are changes, and they are taking both Elder Pagán and I out of the area, something that we are really bummed about. So apparently they are going to put Hermana missionaries in Colonia, so they are going to take us both out. Needless to say that we were both really bummed when that happened. We had worked so hard to get a lot of work here, and now they are going to take us out. But I feel really good about my work in Colonia, and I know that I left my mark there. I know that I will leave this area better off than it was before.
Our biggest investigators are family members of a member in our ward. Her sister, Roxana, and Roxana´s four children have been coming to church recently. One of the kids is a member already, but three of them aren´t. Yesterday, we had a very powerful and spiritual lesson with them. We taught them the doctrine of Christ, and watched a Mormon Message called "A change of heart." (Go look it up!) Man, the Spirit afterwards was so strong, and Becker and Alvin, two of the kids, expressed their desires to be baptized! We didn´t even have to invite them to do it! They want to do it! So this 21st of June they will be baptized. Their older sister, Ceci, still isn´t sure about all of it, but I have a really good feeling that she will follow her brother´s examples. Roxana has some problems with her husband, so she will have to wait for a little bit, but she´s really pilas too.
We are also working with Merlin still. Something that I have really realized while teaching her is the importance of teaching the doctrine clearly and simply so that others can understand. There have been various times where she has said during a lesson something like this, "The missionaries taught me this before, but I didn´t realize how important it was until now." She is progressing really well, and I have a good feeling that she too will be baptized in June.
Argelio, a recent convert of about 4 months, is another person that we are working with. He´s Luis and Esvin´s step-dad. The thing is that the family has been coming to church little by little. First Argelio was baptized and his wife. Later his son. And then we baptized Luis and Esvin. Now we are focusing on the last two people in the house: Nancy and Saida, Argelio´s daughters. Something I´ve learned from teaching them? Focus on the head of the household. Every time that Argelio has been strong in the Gospel, we have success there. Every time that he slacks off a little bit, they don´t come to church. So we are focusing a lot on making sure that the head of EVERY household is strong in the church, and they are being able to help out in the spiritual progression.
Like Jeffrey said in his email, members are the most important part of this work. Without their help, we are done for. We have been seeing a lot of good things happen in this area because of the help of the members, and I know that the Lord is really hastening his work here in Guatemala.
Our Zone this month have been calling this month a "Month of Miracles." We are really focusing on the point of, "If God has performed miracles in the past, why not now?" We are focusing a lot of being the tools in the Lord´s hands so that he will be able to work miracles through us. And we have been seeing those Miracles. I have recorded a good lot in my Journal, so I´ll share those when I get home.
Basically, this week has been really great. And to top it all off, I´m officially older! 21 years old... When I first started the mission, I never thought this day would come, and now here I am. I had a good birthday, with some members making me a cake and others giving me dinner. All in all, I enjoyed myself!
And now, I am officially going to start my last change in the mission. I´ve been thinking a lot about how I want to end my mission, and I am going to give it my all to the Lord to make sure that He is proud of what I am doing here. I know he is, but I just want to give that last push. So here goes nothing! Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. 1 Nephi 13:37