Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 6, 2014

Hey everyone! its 2014 i cant believe it.  what goals do you all have for this new year? this year has started off really great for us here in libertadores.  we have really seen the hand of the lord this week with our investigators.
This sunday was fast sunday and so my companion and i were fasting with a purpose that our investigators could continue to progress, that we would be led to new people to teach, and that we could gain the confidence of the members in this ward.  and some miracles happened!

First we had 5 investigators show up at church yesterday! in all my time in the mission i have never seen 5 invest. at church! and 3 of them have baptismal dates.  J and L are going to be baptized this saturday and J the 18th of january.  J is the grandson of one of the members in the ward and we have been teaching him and he loves the church and is so excited to get baptized.  he is super smart and really takes in everything we are teaching him.  in a few years he will have 12 years and will be such a blessing to his family and his grandma because he is the only person in his family who will hold the priesthood! 
And while we were at church we were approached by another lady in the ward with her grandson.  he decided to come to church with his grandma and loved the feeling he had during church and wants to learn more.  he has 14 years, so again, another potential priesthood holder! also a guy in the ward returned from his mission in puira this week and he has two friends he wants us to teach.  we love references!! 
Slowly but surely we are gaining the confidance of the members.  they are starting to realize that we are here to help and that we want to strengthen this ward.  
This week has really strengthened my testimony of fasting.  its not only to go without 2 meals but to have a real purpose.  this demonstrates to the lord that we recognize that we need him in all things.  and he WILL help us! i know this to be true! 
I love you all and hope you have a great week! CHOU!
one scripture that i really like this week.  
"and not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.  (Romans 5:3-4)

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