Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Everyone, This week was a really good week for us! We found a new family to teach, had some wonderful lessons, and also a baptism! Weeks like this are what makes missionary work so worth all of the challenges. I wish every week of my mission could be like this week! Like I said we found a new family to teach, the Moya Cuebas Family. We talked to the parents in the street and asked if we could teach them and their family saomeday and they said "ya come tomorrow at 5:00''. That was the first time that I had ever gotten an appointment in the initial contact with someone in the street. This is a miracle to me because we had been praying to find someone to be able to teach with our investigators getting close to baptism. We went the next day and taught them the first part of the lesson of the Restoration. They are Catholic, but it seems like they are interested to learn more. We taught them about the Book of Mormon the next day and they said that they would read it. The family is the Mom and Dad and four boys ages 8-14, so I really hope that they sincerely search and seek for the truth of this message. They are a wonderful family with strong faith and a desire to serve God. We are still preparing for Luz Maria Arredando and her two grandsons to be baptized. As fare as we know she is going to be baptized this coming Saturday and the two grandsons further on, they still need more times at church. We are very excited for them. Last night we had a Family Home Evening with them, Victoria, and the Garcia Family (an older couple in our ward). We watched Legacy in the Garcia's home and then discussed what they noticed and liked about the movie. Many of the answers were about the Faith the pioneers had. I hope that I can develop as strong of faith as they had! Like I said earlier we also had a baptism yesterday. It was Victoria, and honestly it was a miracle to me because on Wednesday night on her interview with our District Leader for her baptism she didn't pass, and she was incredibly sad and felt like God had abandoned her. We assured her that it would all be okay and that God loved her and that some things simply take a bit more time to work through. The next morning we went and visited her and taught about God's love and the Atonement in our lives. I gave her a priesthood blessing of comfort and counsel and told her that God loved her and was aware of the things she was experiencing at that time. The day after we recieved word that she had a special interveiw with a counselor to our mission President to see if she could be baptized. We accompanied her to the chapel on Saturday for the interview and afterwards he told us that she was ready to be baptized. We decided to have her baptized on Sunday Morning at 8:00 so that she could be confirmed in Sacrament Meeting. President Muñoz, our stake president, was going to baptize her but with the change of plans he was unable to. We asked her Saturday night who she would like to baptize her and she asked me to do it. I was kind of surprised, but I gladly told her I could do that. I memorized the ordinance that night in Spanish and the next morning I performed my first baptism in the mission. She was incredibly happy and excited. I know that this was what was supposed to happen because from the beginning of last week until yesterday was the biggest change I have seen in her the entire time we have taught her. She grew so much through this trial and I am so excited for her to be a member of this church. We had many great experiences this past week and I am thankful for them! Today we had a special meeting with like half of the mission this morning. It was because we got to see Meet the Mormons as a mission. It is coming out in theaters on Friday here and the Church decided to allow all the missions to view it as a mission, and we are not allowed to go see it in the Theaters. I was excited to see it again. It was in Spanish so kind of hard to get everything but I think I understood it quite well. I always love that movie and it always makes me cry because it is inspired. I especially cried during the part about the missionary because it reminded me so much of home! After the movie we had a special training for all of the new missionaries because we are in our sixth week. I was excited that I got to see all of the members of my district from the CCM and honestly it was great to talk to them. This week was great and I hope that it was great for all of you! I love you all so much and am praying for everyone back home! I know that this gospel is true and I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have to spread the good news of God to the people here in Mexico! I am so thankful for the blessing it is in my life and I am excited to see the great happiness of others as they recieve it in their lives! I love you all and hope you are doing well! Take care and have a good week! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie


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  2. He looks and sounds so good!

    1. Thanks! I think he does too! Especially in his Baptismal Clothes! I'm excited for him! I love to see pictures of him1