Monday: P-day - We washed our clothes, went to the internet cafe to write home, bought groceries for the week--the normal p-day routine--and even got to take a nap! That night we met with J.C. who wants to be baptized and do the work of salvation for his brother, who was killed. He just needs to get married, but his wife isn't too sold on the idea. We watched, "Finding Faith in Christ" and also talked about how faith is necessary in marriage because we don't know for sure what will come but we take it step by step and trust in our spouse and in God that everything will work out well.
Video: "Finding Faith in Christ"
Thomas, who had doubted, saw the power, majesty, and love of Jesus Christ.
Faith in Christ will help people to face their challenges.
Tuesday: We went with a member in a little moto-taxi through 45 minutes of sugarcane fields to visit a family that he wanted us to visit and teach in a little village. It was pretty crazy zooming through ominous cane fields in a fragile little moto-taxi at 7 pm at night when it is dark.
Normal day of proselyting. Preaching 'da word.
We also walked 45 minutes to visit Captain Ahab (remember, the harpoon fisherman)! The lights went out during our lesson but we enjoyed a super powerful lesson about repentance. It was awesome because the time before we talked about a specific problem that he had and, when we got to his home, he told us that he had completely eliminated every temptation that he had in his house before and that he was now clean. It was so awesome! Such real repentance. We walked back 45 minutes in the night and in the rain and watched an incredible lightning show across the heavens and sang "How Great Thou Art" while walking in the storm.
Oh yeah, and that night we were sitting outside our house in our yard when a kamikaze vampire bat soared down and ran into my rock hard abdominals and skidded into the house, stunned. We took a sweet photo-shoot and taught him the missionary lessons but he didn't want to get baptized, so we let him go. :) Can't obligate them you know. Dang bats.
|Elder Brimley checks out the bat!|
We were prompted that day to contact a house where we met a 14 and 15 year old that really wanted to learn about God and had a bunch of awesome questions. At the end of the lesson, they asked if they could get baptized. Of course you can.
Acts 22:And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and washaway thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Overall, it was a really great week--full of fasting and prayer, seeing the miracles as the people here prepare themselves for the word of God, and seeing the blessings in their lives from obedience to God's commandments. So grateful to be serving the Lord here. Never understood the principle and power of faith like I do now.
Great news: I'm not getting transferred--I'm staying in Santa Rita with Elder Novas!!
Hurrah for Israel!
|Always time for a little dramatization: My imitation of Moroni burying the plates of gold.|
|Practicing our Spanish on the Colonel with Elder Brimley!|
|Yep, he's getting it.|
|Just like the package. Using food packets from mom to improve my cooking. |
Here is some mutant Hollandaise sauce sandwich creation. With hot dog buns haha!
|These chicken fajitas were SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOODDDD! |
It was literally the best thing ever! Thanks so much mom!
Really a genius idea, mom, because these spice/sauce packets make me buy VEGETABLES
and learn how to cook!
|And another "Elder Moffitt" pinata pic haha!|