Monday, February 29, 2016

Baptism - Padilla Family - By to Elder Ordoñez and hello to Elder Alvarado new comp

This week was also eventful.
Firstly, German. We only got to visit him one day this last week but he it going strong. We re-taught him the plan of salvation, and aq bit about the Book of Mormon. One of his internet-educated co workers decided to throw German the question ``Why did Joesph Smith have 47 women?`` I was like cmon now...we all know they were only 33 ;D  hahaha so yeah we explained things to him as simply as possible..and he has a testimony that is growing, and sunday he came to church, and i high fived my companion when German causually slipped a tithing envelop to the Bishop ;) #faith #trueconversion
Now to the Padilla Family. Tuesday we so to their house to hear the news about Martha`s work, her schedule. I am all certain that our prayers will be answered and such right. We start to teach and she tells that she is going to have to work every single day except tuesdays. and because it is the first week of work she cant change her day off for like 2 or 3 weeks. So we are llike whaaaat but we stayy calm. Then we felt that perhaps it wasnt a bad thing, and we taught about faith and the trial of our faith. Because her baptismal date was this saturday right..and without being able to attend church, she can't be baptized that day. 
So we teach and invite her to overcome the trial of her faith, we felt inspired to testify that God had put her in a situation where she had to find and make the choice to go to church..or to not go. And oh to our joy it was thursday in the next lesson when she shared that she sought support from a fellow co worker and changed her shift! I know it sounds easy or simple but let me tell you in almost 18 months in the mission i had not yet seen someone actually take the iniciative themselves like that to be able to live the Gospel priciples and participate in it`s ordinances. Friday we had a FHE night with the family and made pancakes(thanks family;)) and green bannanas(typical honduranian food) and we prepared them for saturday. 

Saturday Martha and Pedro were both baptized..and of the daughters, the two that weren't working attended the service! Rosi, the oldest, wants to do it too..and she came to the confirmation(church services) so this week we will work with her! 

The whole experience stregthened my own personal testimony that if we have faith and a desire that leads to action..there is no commandment that we cant live.
There was also another family of 3 and a young man who were baptized saturday..and sunday the talks started at like 10:45 hahaha because we were confirming 6 converts and it took, well, a while. The stake president said that if something like that happens would be better to confirm them afterwards so i think it was probably a first!
That is practically all i have to write. Oh! There are transfers. Tuesday Elder Ordoñez is off to the other stake in Reynosa and i will be receivingElder Alverado! This elder..haha is probably the most fun in the mission i already know pretty well. I am looking forward to it!
Love to all thanks for every single prayer and thought!
Elder Smith

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