Things are going good here in San Francisco. We are still working with Paloma, and now my goal is just to make sure that she gets baptized before I leave. She´s amazing, probably more pilas than some of the members here. It´s just hard for her to take a decision, and that´s why we are here. She´s been thinking about being baptized on the 12th, so we are going to work with that, and make sure that it happens. But the good is that when she does get baptized, she will stay strong in the Gospel, which is exactly what this ward needs.
Alejandrina is still going strong too. She couldn´t come to church this week because of work issues, but she´s still positive, and we are planning to put a fecha with her. She´s accepting the Gospel very well, so that´s really good. We just need to have a really spiritual lesson with her, and we should be good.
Something really cool about Alejandrina is that she lives in a little village outside of San Fran called Tierra Colorada. Well, the first counselor of the Relief Society lives out there, named Margarita. Without us even knowing, she went to go look for Alejandrina to take her to church! How awesome is that? She is just so willing to help us out, and she did it without us needing to tell her! I love the humble people of Guatemala, because they are just so personable, and love everyone!
We have been visiting a family for a while, and they have had some problems recently.. But, on Saturday, we felt really impressed to go with them, even though we didn´t have it planned. So we went, and as soon as we got there, the husband came to the door with a backpack on. He basically said that he wasn´t going to be home, and then left. So then Margarita, the wife, came to the door. We asked her what happened, and if there was something we could do. She just started to cry and said, "Come in." Turns out that they got in a fight, and he left her now. We don´t know how long, but he´s still not back... But they had a really big need, because they had no food. So we went to our house, got some beans and eggs, and cooked dinner for her and her two little boys. But imagine what would have happened if we didn´t get there right at that time. She needed some help, and we were there for her. Many times while we were there, she kept saying, "You both are just angels." It was really special.
Also on Saturday, I got to go back to Colonia, my last area! Remember Becker and Alvin? We had put fechas with them right before I left the area. But on Saturday they were baptized, and Becker wanted me to go and baptize him! I really didn´t expect that, until the assistants called me on Friday and let me know! Man it was really special. I just loved going back to good old Colonia, and seeing everyone there. But more important, I just was so touched that a 15-year-old boy in Guatemala wanted me to do something so special for him. Wow, it was pretty amazing.
Guys, the Spirit is so important in this work. I´ve realized that so much recently. Now that I have a lot of time in the mission, I know how to teach with good examples and all that. But sometimes that makes me fall into the trap of trying to rely too much on my own abilities. But we cannot do that! The Spirit is the real teacher in this work, and if we impede that, we are lost. At all points in our lives, we need to rely on the Spirit.
We just got a new mission president this week! President Smith is my new mission president. We just had a leaders meeting with him today, and he is really cool. Really spiritual too. Too bad that I won´t be here to see some of his new ideas come into play, but I know that he will be a great addition to the mission.
I learned a lot from President Bautista too, and I can´t thank him enough for everything that he did for me. He really helped me in the mission to get to where I am right now. I´m so grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve with him!
I´m doing everything that I can to finish strong! I´m so close, so that just means I just need to work that much harder! Let´s to this! Until next time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. 2 Nefi 2:21