|Pretty much turned baptism into a science|
Alright, sooooo the family that was going to get baptised had some legal document problems, which should get solucioned all here in a few weeks tops, and then they will be baptised :) This week, a 60 year old lady who lives right next door to the church has decided to get baptized. We have been working with her for like 3 or 4 months now, she would have gotten baptised earlier on, but she had to stop smoking. What has mostly helped her, are her 2 really good friends that are both members of her church. She has been investigating the church for more than 30 years, ever since the church was built here in Caacupe. We had an especially good "Call to Repentance" lesson the other day, and since then she has dropped the cigarettes por completo.
The zone training we had this week went really well. it was focused on "Teach Repentance", so that we can "Baptize Converts". We had a really powerful training, (jeffrey R Holland videos sure helped a lot) and we all left with a lot of excitement for the work. The numbers in our Zone have just been going crazy, and this week we already have 5 baptisms ligned up "Stake" (District) wide, which means we have to do lots of interviews, and lots of traveling! The biggest challenge we have been focused on lately with the zone would have to be working with the Area Book.
Here in our branch, the presidency got released, and a new one was called. There are very little options for stud priesthood holders out here, so they called a young 25 year old return missionary (The only return missionary in the branch) to be president. It was honestly such a good move, he will be able to really help to work move along here
Something that I liked about my study this week (Old Testament) was in the book of Jeremias 16:15-16, it prophecies about the latter days, and how people will leave "From the Northern Country" to "Hunt and Fish" in order to begin once again to gath Israel. It's so funny how it is all coming to pass! I feel a whole lot more like a hunter than a fisherman, moving speedily, talking with everyone to just looking for prey to baptize, haha
The power of the Atonement is so real. Something I am learning more and more is that the atonement is not just for becoming clean from sin, although it is, it is much much more than that. It is a fount of spiritual strength that one can freely draw from. It sounds cheesy, but it's true! I feel more light pouring into the inner me every time I say a prayer, or bear tetimony of the christs atonement. This is the power by which great changes are made, and souls become converted. This is the power that has changed my life forever
Thanks for reading my boring email and everything! 10 weeks and I'm home, so just bear with me a little longer haha Have a great one