Monday, June 29, 2015

Secrets Are Secrets Because They're Hidden In Plain Sight

Espero que todos estén bien y que tuvieran una muy buena semana!!! (I hope everyone is well and they had a very good week)

Wow, ok. Miracles happen. This week, we witnessed a miracle!

On Monday, after I wrote home, we went to go visit a girl who had been coming to church with her sister who is a member, but this girl isn´t. We hadn´t seen her before, but there she was. So we went to the lesson and it was going great! She was feeling the Spirit and understanding and accepting so we extended the baptismal invitation. We invited her to be baptized on the 28 of June. She accepted! Throughout this week, we taught her and prepared her for her baptism. She´d had the lessons when she was little with her family, she just didn´t get baptized. Finally, yesterday, Karen entered the waters of baptism! It was amazing!!! Beautiful! She already has a strong testimony and is finding answers from the Book of Mormon. It was amazing! Last week I was feeling down because we weren´t seeing "the fruits of our labor," but this week the Lord blessed us with a baptism!!!

Bueno, la otra parte de la semana . . . :) (Well, the other part of the week . . .)

On Tuesday we visited Jorge in the morning. We found out that he smokes. :( We´re going to help him quit though! :) Then we had lunch with the family S---------. Guess what? I got to play the violin for them! It felt so good to play again. I couldn´t play a whole lot because I didn´t have my music, but it felt really great! Then we made a contact with an old investigator. He is 15 years old and is really excited about the gospel. Then we had lunch with Dora. She´s so sweet! We had milanesa con puree (mashed potatoes). We ate so much. I felt so sick afterward but we couldn´t say no to her. She doesn´t have much and wants to give what she has. It would have been too offensive to say no.

On Wednesday we had district meeting in the morning and then we went to another side of Jesús María for lunch. We couldn´t confirm the lunch beforehand and so they didn´t think we were coming. So, we didn´t have lunch. Instead, we stopped in a kiosk on the way to our cita. In the kiosk, we started talking to the woman who worked there. She and her husband went to the Open House of the Córdoba Temple. They loved it and want to know more! Tender mercies. That night, we had a cita (appointment) with Karen, but she didn´t show. We waited for a while and she never came. We were really worried that we´d scared her off with the baptismal invitation. It turns out that she just got home from work really late that night.

On Thursday, we had weekly planning and after lunch visited the Vázquez (members for a long time, not the recent converts). I love them! From there we went contacting, but it wasn´t very successful. That night, we had a cita with Karen and we went through the baptismal questions. She already knows a lot. We didn´t get through all the questions that night, but we left the list with her so that she could ponder and have questions ready for us the next day.

Friday morning, right after studies we booked it to Vasquéz (recent converts) because we had recieved a text from the elders late the night before telling us that Mauricio got into an accident on his motorcycle. He broke his right leg, his left wrist and three fingers. He´s alright, though, and on the mend. We were really worried. After lunch, we visited Jorge in the hospital. He had his appendix taken out. He couldn´t talk much when we went, but we´re are hoping that he heals soon. After that, we contacted a reference and she told us, "Come in, come in. I´ve been waiting for you." It was great! She had to run to a doctor´s appointment, so we didn´t get to teach much, but we´re excited to teach her.

That night, we ran out of all our plans. We had no more people to go visit. So,we said a prayer right there in the street. We took two steps and Hermana Linares said that we had to go back. There was a house, pushed back from the street with only one light outside. She asked me if I thought anyone lived there and I said that we were going to find out. We went, and in this house, found a family. They appeared extremely Catholic, but they are old investigators. It was a miracle for us! After that, we had our last cita with Karen before her baptismal interview. We finished the baptismal questions and she was ready!

Saturday morning we helped the elders clean the baptismal font and everything. Then we went to lunch with the Castillo family. At the end, I shared a scripture on prayer and how we need to pray, in the name of the Son. And, if it be just, believing that we will recieve, it will be made known unto us. I talked about how the believing part can be hard sometimes. Sometimes we pray because we know it´s what we should do. But, our heart really isn´t in it. After that, the daughter shared a very sacred experience from her mission and her dad shared a personal experience too. The Spirit was so strong there. I am so thankful for the testimonies of the people here in Jesús María. It was amazing!
That night, Karen had her interview.

Sunday. Baptism of Karen. We got to church, and Karen wasn´t there. We got really worried. We got a member with a car to take us to her house. When we got there, she was just getting done getting dressed. We all hopped in the car and went to the church. After church, we had the baptisms. (The elders had a baptism as well.) It was beautiful! Karen was so happy afterward! The rest of the day we had meetings after meetings. It was good though. :)

Today, Hermana Linares made Peruvian food for the district. It was delicious!!!

Anyway, it was a great week! I hope you all are doing well as well!!!
I love you all so much!!!

Love from,

Hermana Micaela Wilson

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