Sorry that it`s been so long since I`ve been able to write to everyone. I hope you`re doing well! I wanted to share an experience from this week with you guys!
Saturday evening we were able to visit a family here in Chiapa de Corzo, and it was super cool. We`ve only visited one time before, with the wife, Sandra. When we arrived on Saturday, her husband, Antonio, was there and we invited him to listen too. He told us he would, but then started to do some things with their kids (Rene, 3, and Sandy, 2). We decided to start, and after finishing the opening prayer, we opened our eyes and the four of them were sitting there together. It was a like a picture perfect moment. We invited them to come to church on Sunday, and they accepted. Sandra commented that this is the first time in their 8 years together that they`ve assisted the same church together, and they were both really excited to come together.
On Sunday they arrived and stayed the 3 hours, even with some little trials. Their kids are really rambunctious (I think that`s the word?), but they didn`t want to stay in the nursery and were crying, so they planned on leaving. We invited them to take their children to Gospel Principles too, and then ended up improvising a little. We found some crayons and paper for the kids and with the permission of the parents, we stayed out in the hall where there were some members, and let the kids draw. In the end we convinced Rene to enter into nursery, and with Sandy alone, we took her back with her parents in Gospel Principles. Sandra and Antonio were happy that Rene was in nursery, and it was good that they were able to focus during the classes too.
I`m grateful for the small experiences that we can have while in the mission. It`s really the little things that we cherish the most, I believe.
I love you guys, and I hope you have a great week, thank you for all of your support!
P.S. I wanted to send some pictures, but they`re not loading, so I`ll have to wait to send them until next week. Sorry...
I like the elementary schools here, they always have cute paintings outside.
Zona Tuxtla Grijalva
Baptism Aydee, all the misioneras
Temple lesson with Aurora
Distrito Las Granjas
Sorry that I haven´t been able to write for some weeks now, the time seems to just fly by, literally. Every week just seems so fast, we can´t believe it. Chiapa de Corzo is a great area, we´ve really been able to see some great things here, and we´re excited for what´s to come, especially because Hermana de Aquino and I are going to stick together for another 6 weeks here. Now here´s the crazy part, I only have 3 transfers left, this I can´t believe...
So last week and this week we could really see the some true conversion from a couple of converts. Last Saturday (23rd) our investigator Aydee was able to be baptized, and yesterday(1st) our other investigator Aurora, a friend of Aydee, was baptized. The both of their experiences are so inspiring. Aydee had been investigating the church for about a year now, but with so many problems with sickness, it´s been a battle. When I came into the picture, she was already ready, she just needed to come to church 4 more times to complete the necessary 5 church attendances. During this time we continued visiting her and helping her continue learning to be able to strengthen her (already strong) testimony. One thing that I noticed though was that she loved the other hermana that was here before I came, Hermana Cook (my awesome MTC companion!). Aydee had asked us many times if Hermana Cook would be able to come to her baptism, but we just told her we weren´t really sure. But I called the assistants to ask permission and they gave it, and Hermana Cook was able to attend. We were able to surprise Aydee, and honestly the spirit was so strong. It was really a tender mercy to be able to see her be baptized even though I really had little to do with her progress.
My first week here in Chiapa de Corzo, Aydee invited her friend Aurora to come to church. When we talked to her, we were able to put an appoinment, and the first thing she said was that she already had her church, and this appointment was without commitment. I always love when they say that it´s without commitment, because really, this gospel is about commitment. But anyway, my companion just told her that there wasn´t any problem with getting to know more about the church. As we visited her, we could see that her attitude had changed, and that she was always wanting to understand. She came to church by herself even when we weren´t able to see her in the week. One thing she told us was that even though she didn´t know everything, she did know that it was true, because she could feel the difference when she came to church, and she wouldn´t have come back if she didn´t think it was right. We went to the temple with her this week to have a lesson, and everything was honestly so beautiful. She decided to be baptized on Sunday, and she´ll be confirmed this following sunday. Honestly, the Lord prepared her for some time, and I´m so grateful to have been able to see her progress from the beginning, and continue working with her for the following months to come.
I´m so grateful to be a missionary, to be able to make these changes that I need to make to be how the savior wants me to be, and to be able to see how this gospel changes lives. I know that Christ is our Savior, and that God lives. I know this church is true, and that only by living by God´s commandments we can find true happiness.