It`s been really great to hear from you all this week. We have had a really great week and have been working hard. We have been focusing a lot this week on the Ñamandú family as well as David. We have seen some great miracles with them this week and they are progressing well.
With the Ñamandú family, I told you about how María José made it to church for the first time last week and really enjoyed it. This week we passed by a couple of times to try to teach the family. We haven`t been able to teach them very much because Félix (the dad) is hardly there and we can`t teach unless there is a man present. So we`ve just been making contact with them and they are progressing well. We were able to teach María José one time this week with a member family that went out to do a visit with us. The member family (The Correa Family) talked about the blessings they have received from church and it went really well. Brother Correa had marked a part for Agusto (the younger son) to read in Moroni 8. María José had seen that Brother Correa marked it in Agusto´s Book of Mormon so she read it. As you know, Moroni 8 talks about infant baptism and the importance of repentance before baptism. María José liked what she was reading. They are a traditionally Catholic family. María José explained that she has had some bad experiences with the Catholic church and that she felt better about what the Book of Mormon said. So we talked with her a little about baptism as well. She is open to the idea of baptism. She has a doubt in that she knows that it is a big committment with God and she wants to feel ready for the moment that she is baptized. I know that they will be a great family in the church. That is really what our ward needs right now, a solid family that will be a strength here.
María José and Agusto had committed to go to church but in the end didn`t make it. We passed by their house Sunday morning and clapped but nobody came to the door. With the new year being Saturday night, most people were sleeping on Sunday morning and they too slept in. We will work hard with them and get them to church next week.
As for David, he is progressing very well. We had another great lesson with him this last week about the Plan of Salvation. He always makes very astute comparisons in the lessons and really understands the doctrine well. He is looking to turn a new page in life and wants to get closer to God. He had a baptismal date set for next Saturday. In the end, he didn`t make to to church either so his baptismal date we postponed to the 14th. After church we went by and talked to him and he said that he feels like he is becoming more prepared to be baptized. His testimony is growing like crazy. He is receiving answers to his prayers as he reads the Book of Mormon and asks God. It is such a testimony to me that God will answer those who ask Him with faith and real intent. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it is true. David is growing in his testimony of the church. He believes it is true and wants to get to know more of the people at church. We are working with the members to get to know him better and to fellowship him.
Today we had a leadership council with all of the zone leaders and district leaders. I know that this is the true church. I feel so much joy working in the Lord`s work. It is a great calling and I pray for the Lord`s help as I strive to serve Him. Thank you for your prayers and support, I love you all so much!! Happy Birthday, Mom! I really do appreciate you, especially for those 2 weeks where I was past due that you never let me forget about haha. I know I was a colicky baby and everything, but I turned out ok thanks to you. Haha, lots of love!!
Have a Great Week!