(¨Yokefellows¨ = A Paulism from Phil. 4:3)
Buenas tardes a todos ustedes, las hermosas personas que amo tanto! Things are splendid here in Monte Grande. Trees are green, streets are tranquil (and completely empty between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00p.m. - siesta!), dogs are happily eating scraps in the streets while missionaries stand on the sidewalk, clapping our hands and waiting in sweet anticipation to see who will come out from behind their barred yards to welcome us into their homes with jugo and galletitas. There´s always jugo and galletitas.
So fíjense! A part of my letter to President Stapley this week:
¨And a happy (Mon)day to you President. This week in Monte Grande, we met a good number of our weekly goals, and we exceeded a few as well. It was a good week. A couple of hard moments, but that´s what makes good weeks possible! My favorite moment was finding and teaching a couple who have both been searching. They´re friends of a various members of our ward, so when we showed up on their doorstep (at the request of one of those member friends), they warmly greeted us. The husband...has read the entire Book of Mormon. He had prayed before to know whether it was true, but never felt he received an answer. We taught him and his wife the message of the Restoration and invited them to be baptised in January. They so badly want to know the truth. The lesson was filled with the Spirit, and the two of them are praying to know the truth, but this time, they´re praying with ¨real intent¨. I don´t know how past times went, but I believe these two are ready. The Spirit has been so kind to them, and to us.¨
And considering another man we´re teaching, I wrote the following:
¨The first time we taught him, he paused the lesson to light some incense by a tiny statue of Buddha, next to a picture of the ´sagrado corazón´, also some mystic stones and many other semblances of idolatry and confusion. We´ve taught him for three visits or so, and each time, we´re seeing that he´s more and more in tune with the Spirit, and less and less concerned with ¨weirding us out¨ (for lack of a better way to describe his seemingly intentional attempts at performing uncomfortable ¨religious¨ rituals). Haha. But really, he is progressing so well. When we invited him to be baptized, he said yes. Yes, because he knows that the Holy Ghost is leading us, and he knows God has a path that is true and good. His testimonies expressed at this time were touching.¨
The latter example of an investigator´s experiences is one of my favorites. Really, every person seeks something. Many don´t know what that is. Many try to fill their spiritual desires with any number of metaphysical, mystical, or other theories, concepts, and relics. While we can find truth in nearly everything, the only place to find pure, unadulterated truth is in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every question has its answer there. Every search eventually leads there. But not everyone will find it. And no one can find it on their own. In Preach My Gospel, there is a quote to this effect: ¨To be known, the truth must be stated.¨ What responsibility we then have, we who have found truth! Speak with the tongue of angels, speak the words of Christ. That is the way to bring Heaven to earth. I know it is! I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so pure and so true and good.
Thank you all for your amor and apoyo and ejemplos! I love my homeland mucho. ¨I luf my adopted cuntree¨* as well!
Have a happy-go-lucky week, everyone!
*Raise your hand if you know where the quote´s from! Dad, I know your hand is immediately in the air. Muchos kudos! :)
Love and smiles from Monte Grande,