Saturday, May 23, 2015
I hope you all had a wonderful week!
Hey Everyone, I hope you have all had a wonderful week this week. Our week was much better this week than in the past four and that was such a blessing for me. In the last week we were able to find four new investigators which was a great big blessing. The first was one day when we had plans to visit some possible future investigators and they rejected us. We were with a recently returned missionary, Christofer Muñoz, who has only been home for like three weeks. We were walking down the street and started talking to a lady with her two daughters. Her name is Fabiola and she let us share a message with her right then. She actually lives on our same little street. We had a good lesson with her about how the Gospel can bless families and I am excited to teach her again. I hope that she will be open to listening to us more and that she will be able to progress and be baptized. Later that same day we went and had a visit with another guy and his wife that live on our street too that we had talked to prior to that day. It was our first visit with them. Their names are Armando and Claudia. Claudia is very catholic and has strong beliefs and Armando still doesn't know a whole lot about religion so it is going to be a challenge teaching them I think. We had a good introductory visit on the Restoration and I pray that they will really search for an answer from God. I know that all those who truly seek and ask will receive and I just hope that they do so! I know that will be our biggest challenge with them, but I also know that if they do so they will become strong and faithful members that are dedicated to the gospel. We also found a young man named Jose. He lives almost at the top of the cerro (or mountain) that is in our area so it is a challenge to get to him. His family is pretty poor and they live in a house made of pallets, so I am glad that we found him because I know that the gospel will bless their lives. He is very interested in learning about the gospel and reading the Book of Mormon. He said he has many doubts about many things and he is excited to learn through reading and listening to our lessons. He is very open and said that he thinks what we share is possible and he believes what we say. I hope that he will come to gain a testimony of the gospel. His biggest challenge is his work schedule because it always changes, but hopefully we will be able to find a way to teach him and help him attend church. Our other investigators are doing okay I think. It was hard because none of them attended church yesterday so that is our biggest challenge, but many want to but were unable to because of their situations. The Vazquez family has been out of town for a week so we didn't get to teach them. Adrian had a prior commitment, but he wants to attend a lot. And Brenda didn't come but her parents-in-law who are less active did come, so we are going to continue to work with them so they can attend. Really this week was good for us because we had the opportunity to teach more and find some new people. I know that God helps us when we do our part and we definitely worked harder last week. Thank you for all of your prayers for us to find investigators and I hope you keep praying I know it helps. I just want to share my testimony with all of you that I know God is mindful of us. He loves every single one of us so much! I feel His love as I pray and ask for strength, help, and guidance. I know that He loves every single one of you and that if you will ask Him in humble prayer for anything that is right, He will give it to you. I know that sometimes we have trials and tribulations but that he is there and wants to help and support us through them all. He gives us those trials so that we can grow and become better and He never gives us anything that we cannot handle! I testify that He is our loving Heavenly Father and we are His children and that He is always mindful of us! I hope you all have a wonderful week and know how much I love you and am thankful for all of you! Love, Elder Mitchell J Condie