I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
i love this scripture!!! :) i really am so blessed to be able to be an instrument in the hands of the lord!!!!! :))) i am gonna tell 3 stories today!!! :) (1 for every baptism!)
story #1: Carmen
Carmen is a young girl who lives in our area! she is super pilas and takes her book of mormon to school to read! she is "a perfect investigator" has no problems with anything and keeps her commitments! she goes to seminary and everything! well saturday came and it was time for her baptism! she got her clothes and we took pics and had the whole service perfect..she entered the water and was baptized..only she forgot to plug her nose and drank about half of the pila of water!!!!!!!! and she freaked out and didnt go under all the way..not complete! she basically ran out of the pila and didnt want to do it again! well after about 5 min of talking to her, she got back in and we tried it again! this time she plugged her nose...but one of the witnesses said her head didnt go completely under and had to do it again! (when he told us this she was already half way to the bathroom ready to chagne bc she was so cold and scared...) she refused to be baptized again!!!! we stood outside of the pila for 20 minutes trying to talk to her and help her! but she was not budging...finally one of the bishops who was there came and decided to give her a blessing! they gave her a blessing that her fear would leave that she could be baptized without problems! after that they practiced for like 5 mintues how to do the baptism so that she would go completely under and everything would be great! well, she got in the pila again...and WAS BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))) afterwards..she RAN out of pila and into the bathroom to change haha after that everything was great! she was so happy and was confirmed the next day! she said that when they put their hands on her head to confirm her taht she "felt something change in her, and that she just felt so calm!"
lessons i learned from this expèrience: 1, satan works hard on people. 2, THE POWER OF THE LORD IS STRONGER THAN THAT OF SATAN!!!!! 3, plug your nose.. lol
story #2: Marvin
we contacted marvin in a tuctuc and taught him and he accepted to be baptized..only it was really hard to find him since that day! bc he never came to the citas! on friday we had an interview scheduled at 5 and he came at 6:30... well everything went well and we were told he could get baptized..after MUCH work and stress saturday came and he was late again... the baptism was at 5 he came at 6..but he was baptized! everything was great...until sunday!! our church starts at 2 pm..and they have to be confirmed in a sacrament meeting! well mister marving sanchez didnt show up until 3:30...he came with everythig (all of his books for church and stayed the last 2 hours..) but wasnt confirmed! so this next sunday hopefully he will come early and can be confirmed!!!
lessons i learned: BE ON TIME! lol
sotry #3: Odair
he is a member of the familia marroquin! 3 of his siblings are already members! we have been working with them since i came to mazate!!! and we were really close to dropping them!!! but on tuesday we went and had a lesson and he told us that he wanted to be baptized this weekend!! he had his asistances so we planned the baptism! we got his clothes and everything! and his family came to his baptism! he was baptized and confirmed this weekend!!!! :))))) we were just a little nervous he wouldnt get confirmed bc he came like 3 mintues before the sacrament... hha but everything went well adn he was there!!! :)
Lesson learned: dont give up hope..the lord has a timing for everything!!!
this week was hard! we saw how tough the mission life is! we saw just how important having good leaders is and how hard it is to have leaders in the ward who dont help! we saw how much satan tries to destroy the plan of the lord! BUT we also saw how perfect the plan of the lord is! we saw how much help we receive from the lord! we saw miracles this week!!!!!! he never said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it! the life of the savior wasnt easy, and he suffered WAY more than we do! but we have to pass through certain trials to become the people he needs us to be!!! please remember that!!
idk if you guys learned anything from this letter or if it was just a bunch of scrammbled letters...but hopefully you did :) i love you all so much and i know that this work is the work of the lord!!! please do all you can to prepare yourselves for the blessings he has for us!!!! :)))
con mucho amor,
ps: a quote i heard in church this week:
"the distance from us and heaven is the distance from our knees to the floor" <3