I just want to start out my email by saying how grateful I am that we have the restored truth on the earth today, restored by a living prophet. My testimony has grown soooo much this week and I know without a doubt that this is the true church here on the earth today. The only true church. I know that it is the same church that Christ established when he was here on the earth. NOTHING is changed. Its the same teachings and this is what Christ set up. And I know that it is through the power and authority that we have that we can return to live with God and WITH our families FOREVER if we follow His teachings and follow the commandments. I love the knowledge that we have of that and that we know how we can be saved and live with our Father in Heaven one day.
So we had a really good week this week. A REALLY BUSY week, but a really good one! This week we really focused on Francisco who got baptized!!! It was an AWESOME baptism and there was a great turn out!! Its been 2 years that he has been taught and the main thing was that he wasnt married. But now he is and we were able to commit him to the 16th and he was ready! We went over everyday this week to just reteach everything and make sure he was ready. He is an awesome guy and just wants to serve and help others all the time. It was so amazing to see him be baptized. The spirit was so strong. Then yesterday at church he was confirmed and then received the priesthood right after all the meetings!! YAY!!! So now hopefully in the near future he can baptize his kids! :) That will be a beautiful day.
So at the beginning of the baptism, right as Hermana Camacho was giving the first discurso on baptism, Xavier texted us and told us that he was on his way to the baptism with his wife! We were so excited!! Then we realized that he might not make it to actually see the baptism because he was a little ways away. So we both just started praying SO hard that they would get there in time so he could see what a baptism was like!! As we were walking to the baptismal font in the cultural hall, he still hadnt showed up. Then i looked at our phone and he was calling! I answered and we walked around the corner and there they were! YES! God answers prayers!!! They got there JUST in time!!! As they sat down, Heidi (his girlfriend), said that the baby was kicking (she's pregnant and thats a sign that they need to get baptized) and she kept being like, "thats so cool!". Then they got to see Francisco get baptized and then stayed after and got to meet bishop and the ward mission leader! It was just so awesome.
......Okay so now rewind. This week we went over to see Xavier. We sat outside with him and started by asking him what he thought of church. He told us that he LOVED it and that he just felt soo much peace there and didnt want to leave to go to work. Then he asks, "so when is the next baptism??" we said, "well we are having a baptism if you want to come watch!" and he goes, "and can i get baptized too???" AHHHHHHH. Sadly he has only come to church once sooo we had to tell him no. But we extended the 24th to him!!! He WILL be baptized this weekend. We have to work through some stuff with him but we know that he will be baptized!!! That day we taught him the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity and he was super ready to keep those commandments! The only thing is he has to get married. He was like, "I will get married today if i have to!" he is SO AWESOME. He is super ready to keep all the commandments and serve and we taught him about tithing and he wants to start paying it before he gets baptized!! If that isnt prepared then i dont know what is!! So he will be getting baptized this weekend and married and we are really excited for them :) Hermana Taylor and I cant stop smiling when we teach him because the spirit is so strong and he is one of Gods very special sons. God loves him so much!
This week we were able to see Maria and Valerie again. Maria's son, Paul, who is a member was there again and he was better in that lesson but it was still hard. We felt like we needed to teach them the Atonement. They are like seriously the sweetest people ever! they feel guilty when someone says something mean to them and they get angry!! They like feel like they need to repent. Man i love them so much!!! I was like man if thats the case then i have a lifetime of repenting to do!!! But we taught the Atonement and the spirit was so super strong and it was awesome. At the end we invited them to be baptized. AGAIN. Maria said she didnt know and Valerie said she has been praying and hasnt received an aswer yet. So we asked her what she was expecting to receive and how she feels when she reads the Book of Mormon and prays. She said she feels something different and feels a lot better. We helped her realize that that was an answer and then she said that she knows she needs to be baptized and that she wants to. So we committed her to pray about a date and so we are waiting on her answer!! Pray that she will receive one!! Then Paul told us that we needed to start teaching his dad because if we help his dad to know that these things are true, then they will all be able to be baptized. I have a goal to help that family be baptized before I leave. So we are going to have so much faith and work sooo hard to make it happen! We know it can!! So please pray for them!!
Yesterday, in the morning we went to church with Elizabeth. She is moving to Dallas for a few monthsand so we wanted to go with her and support her before she left! She goes to a Catholic church. It was really really different. It was cool to see what it was like. But then afterwards, we gave her a gift. We gave her a box that had some cookies, and a Book of Mormon is english and spanish. She has never been open to the Book of Mormon so we thought it would be the perfect time to give her one. We wrote a note and told her how much the Book of Mormon means to us and how much she means to us and that is why we gave it to her! We hope she reads it and comes to know that it is true!! we love her sooo much!!! But then we invited her to come to church with us and her husband who is a member and she was like, "uhhh i dont think Mario will be home in time...". So we said goodbye and drove to the church. Church is just starting and I looked back and in walks... MARIO AND ELIZABETH!!!! SHE CAME!!!! We were SO happy that she decided to come!!! :) We know it meant sooo much to Mario to have her there with him. They are so cute. She will be baptized one day and they will be going to the temple! So exciting! :)
Sooo.. the title of my email. This week we ate with a member and they have a white goat named Snow White. I fought it. Grabbed on its horns and everything. It was pretty exciting and i won. Pictures coming soon! hahaha! So many adventures everyday. I also walked by a snake this week and jumped in the air about 5 feet and screamed really loud outside a members home!! HAHAHAH!
Well... eso es todo que tengo para este semana!!! Hope yall have a great week!!! Thank you for all the love and support!!! :)
Con mucho amor,