EVERY BAPTISM WE HAVE HAD HAVE BEEN COMPLETE MIRACLES!
Debbie got baptized yesterday! Yay! She also got married this week, so big week for Debbie. haha It all happened super fast, as far as teaching the lessons and everything but she was so cute and so super excited to be baptized! She was another miracle for us. Looking back, every baptism we have had have been complete miracles.
-The video of Lewis and 4 cupcakes has gone viral. It’s been air dropped to practically the whole mission. haha
-Monday night we came home to a GINORMOUS spider on our front porch. We trapped it under a tupperware bowl to take care of it in the morning, and the next morning it was gone. =/
-Elizabeth turned 3!
-Katie got her patriarchal blessing!
-Lewis's brother proposed this week! We had been awaiting the pictures for weeks now. Besides preaching the gospel the other thing we do is wait for all of our friends and family send us things about weddings. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH haha just kidding ;) but really everyone is getting married.
This week Lewis and I have been studying and really focusing on memorizing scriptures for each doctrinal point. We have post it notes all over our study room working on memorizing. Once we have them down we will really be closer to being those "Master Teachers" that the mission is working on right now.
Wanna be a successful in your career? ---> Book of Mormon
Wanna know how to raise your kids?---> Book of Mormon
Need help in school?---> Book of Mormon
Wanna be a great missionary?---> Book of Mormon
Everything that we could ever possibly need is in the Book of Mormon. EVERYTHING!
We had a Zone Conference this week in Little Rock. President Wakolo instructed and gave us bible scriptures on how to back up that the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost are separate beings. He broke it down, and explained how each plays a different role but with the same purpose. Crazy to think that so many churches read from the same bible but just like this scripture says "behold, I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them." Mormon 9:8
We continue to work with part member families much better and this week we had more member present lessons than we did "other lessons" so that’s pretty cool.
We also were able to set a date with Chase this week! 2 months later! Woohoo! He started the Book of Mormon this week and is already half way through it, the kid is a genius. He started from no belief in God whatsoever, and now prays with us, is reading, and set a baptism date! AHH! We've never had an investigator who picks up on the doctrine the way Chase does. It's real cool because we get to teach quickly and a lot more and dive a little deeper and he still follows real well. He really is liking the stories in the Book of Mormon and admits that there are verses in there that he feels were written for him. Watching these changes in him have been amazing.
The main lesson I want to report on this week is this great family. The Father was converted as a youth; he decided to be baptized after going to Trek. He was active, went through the temple, received a mission call but because of a car accident was unable to go, and instead found a girlfriend, converted her and then married her. They have 5 kids, both are teachers, and now both are completely atheist. It all started with an experience when his son was in the hospital. He never prayed once, and since his son came out of his sickness completely healthy, he realized that he didn't need God, and that began his disbelief in a God altogether. (Helaman 7:20) He said that those feelings he felt at trek, the temple, church, reading the Book of Mormon were all just feelings of respect for the people and not the spirit testifying of anything. Alma46:8
We sat down with the both of them and got their stories, we began to teach. They backed up their beliefs with everything science. He told us that he didn't want to tell us everything he knows to avoid "breaking down our faith." It was a little terrifying at first, because their science stuff did make logical sense, but scriptures kept coming to mind and we were able to testify and teach with power. They love the people of the Mormon church, and said if they ever were to attend a church again it'd be this one, but it won't be any time soon because they don't believe in any of it.
Holding his 6 month old baby in his lap, he told us as much as he wished there was life after death with our families, science can't prove it, so he can't believe it. He believes that there are no more miracles today (2 Nephi 28:5-6) He also felt like if God really did love him then God would make it plainly known and that miracles would still be happening. We shared numerous examples and scripture of god’s love and miracles, the spirit was strong and we were just praying he felt it.
The mother was more receptive, she at least has a desire to know and accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon. The father felt like his patriarchal blessing was too general and so we invited him to read it one more time, starting with a prayer, and that God will show him at least one line that is specific to him, and will show that God is mindful of him and loves him.
I needed this lesson. I walked out of there with more faith than what I had going in. I had a sincere desire for them to know the truth and it broke my heart that they had lost their knowledge of eternal families. I felt power behind me as I defended God and His plan. I walked out of their feeling that personal love God has for me, which is something I really needed this week. And the spirit testified to me all over again that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. The Plan of Salvation God has prepared for me makes complete logical sense to me. He has testified too many times for me to deny that He is real and that his plan is perfect.
Romans 8 - this scripture sums up this week.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ANTHONY ROCKS THE YELLOW CROCS! (THIS IS HERMANA BERRERA'S SON)
ELDER CERON FROM MEXICO! HE JUST GOT TO THE MISH.
NOCHE DE HOGAR CON ARRISANDRA
BILLIE'S FAVORITE SONG!
WE BROUGHT KATIE'S LAP HARP TO SING WITH BILLIE!