Elder Zachary Snow

Elder Zachary Snow

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

One of the Greatest Weeks Ever - February 6, 2012

Dear Family!

Wow! This has been such an incredible week. I have seen the Lord`s hand in the work so much. We have seen miracle after miracles. We are feeling full of faith and excitement.
I will try to send pictures of the wedding and baptism of the Servín family (They were both baptized!! It's an exciting story) but I'm not sure if it will work because this computer is spazzy.

Anyway, starting off with Tuesday. We had an incredible day. On Tuesday night we had an appointment set with the Servin family. Brother Servin had had a great experience in church on Sunday and we felt that we should invite him to be baptized with his wife. So on Tuesday we had a lesson with them and talked about church and how the faith of Brother Servin has been progressing very much lately. In a very spiritual part of the lesson, Elder Shaw extended the baptismal invitation to Brother Servin. The Spirit in that room was incredible. I could feel so strongly the love of God for Brother Servin. Just thinking about it now makes me all tingly, haha. Brother Servin thought about it for a minute, looked us in the eye and said "sí." Wow, one of the most powerful moments of my entire mission. From that moment on, that was it. They continued progressing even more all the way to their baptism. The service went super well. One of the incredible sisters in our ward was in charge of the decorations, another took care of the cake, and another prepared food for after the baptismal service. There was an incredible attendance and we had a lot of investigators there. Watching the progress of the Servin Family has been a true blessing. Everyone mentions how there is a visible change in the face of Brother Servin. The Gospel is so true, I know it. Elder Shaw and I have really grown to love that family.

But that was just one miracle from this week of many. This week we had the opportunity to do divisions with the assistants. Elder Durrant and I teamed up on Wednesday and Elder Shaw was with Elder Love. It was so great to be back with my MTC companion. The dream team was reunited, haha. We saw so many great miracles on Wednesday. We found 12 new investigators and put baptismal dates left and right. We had a couple of very spiritual lessons. One great family we found lives right in front of the church. They are progressing well. They weren't able to make it to church yesterday because they had to go out of town to take care of his mom. We are faithful that they will progress, however.
Elder Shaw and Elder Love saw a great miracle on Wednesday as well. We had received a reference from a member a couple of weeks ago of a less active member that moved here several years ago from another branch. She has a 10 year old daughter named Gabriela who has not been baptized yet. We had tried to contact them several times but hadn't been able to find them yet. On Wednesday, Elder Shaw and Elder Love found them and taught them. The mom has a strong testimony of the church, but has fallen into inactivity. She feels the desires to come back and the daughter really wants to be baptized. We set a baptismal date with Gabriela for the 18th. Gabriela and her mom attended both the wedding/baptism and church yesterday. It was the first time that they have been to church in a long time. They are reading the scriptures again and are really progressing a lot. What an incredible blessing from the Lord.

Another great miracle that we have seen this week is with a new investigator named Rita. We taught Rita for the first time about two weeks ago. The lesson went really well and she committed to read and pray to know the truth. After that we went several days without being able to find her. Finally on Thursday this past week we found her again. She asked us "¿Qué pasó de ustedes?" and said she had been waiting for us to come back. That is always a good sign. So we brought a member and taught her for a second time. We asked her about her reading and prayer. She had read the entire folleto and practically memorized it. After, she prayed and received a testimony that it is the truth. She told us that after she prayed she felt so peaceful and "ganas de llorar." :-O She is very prepared. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she is reading like crazy. She has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and says that she feels peace every time she reads. We invited to to church yesterday and she attended all three hours. She loved it and is planning on attending next week as well. She accepted a baptismal date for the 25th of this month. We will work hard with her to achieve the baptismal goal. We have some work ahead of us because she is living with her boyfriend and they aren't married. The boyfriend is not too interested. We have tried to share with him several times, but he hasn't wanted to yet. I know that with faith and patience he will become receptive as well. Rita is progressing very well and knows a lot of members because we've been taking members with us every time we teach her.

Anyway, to wrap things up, this has been one of the greatest weeks ever. I feel so blessed and I know that the Lord is working with us here in Paraguay. We see miracles and are really truly blessed to be in the work of the Lord. I love you all so much! Have a fantastic week!

Love, Elder Snow

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