Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week 58! "Duh, I Was Born Ready!"

From 2/16/15

Hola Family and Friends!!

Happy Valentine's Day last Friday!! All of the little stores around town had hearts, balloons, chocolate, stuffed animals and flowers. We would completely forget about what holiday is coming up if it weren't for these awesome little stores here...they are called Abarrotes. There is one on just about every corner!

Great week! Remember last week, I mentioned C [the man on crutches]? He's the funniest guy ever! This week in our appointment, we invited him to be baptized. "Si usted recibe una respuesta de Dios que esta mensaje es verdadero, sera bautizado usted?"

"Claro, NACI LISTO!"

Butchered translation: If you receive an answer from God that this message is true, will you be baptized? .... DUH, I was BORN READY!! haha.

We love the lessons we've had with C because of his enthusiasm and desire to learn! He always does his best to participate and is eager to follow the commitments we extend to him. One of the best parts about being a missionary is watching people grow in the gospel. He came to church again on Sunday dressed his best and ready to learn! :)

We also love seeing how Ao keeps growing in his understanding of the gospel. He has really been struggling to find a job for more than 4 months now. The work situation in Mexico is so difficult! He's been doing the best he can in keeping the commandments and coming to church. As we talked to him in one of our appointments this week, he expressed his deep concern for his economic situation--then we spoke about the power of paying tithing and fasting. In Malachi, the Lord promises faithful tithe payers that the windows of heaven will be opened and blessings will pour out so greatly that there won't be enough room to contain it all. We challenged him to always always pay an honest tithe and to fast to know what to do about his work situation. On Sunday morning, he came faithfully to his meetings and expressed his faith in putting the Lord first and everything else!! :) We're praying that he finds a job soon and a good Mormon girl in the stake to help him along the way! ;)

This week I've noticed just how much of a difference each member of the branch makes! We've been visiting part member families and families with children who are less active. We've seen just how difficult it is for both the parents and the children when membership in the church becomes a second priority. Last night especially, we had the opportunity to visit a young man who has not been to church in about 5 years. As we listened, we really saw the desire he had to return, for his life to improve, and for his faith to be strengthened. We shared with this family a scripture of how Jesus invited the little ones to come unto Him. I think He loved the children because of the purity of their hearts and their humility and willingness to believe. No matter how off track we feel we've gone, we are asked to be humble and return and He'll be waiting for us.

"Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God".

Our homes should be filled with frequent and natural testimony bearing. By our words and our actions, we bear testimony that the gospel has been restored and is true--and others have strengthened faith also.
Hope you all have a great week!
Hermana Fernelius 

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