San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)
The Miracle of the Fast
Hola buenas! Una semana de muchos cambios y también una semana de milagros. So ya lots and lots of changes this week. I'm training a new elder and his name is Elder Gimenez! He's from Paraguay and he is super cool! He truly came out on the mission prepared to do the Lord's work and he has been such a blessing to me in helping me to improve and become a better leader. Training has been an experience way different than what I thought it was going to be. I came into it thinking that I would have to teach and help the new missionary all the time. But Elder Gimenez has helped me to recognize that I'm also still learning. I am learning a lot from him and I'm improving because of it. We're not perfect and there are always things to improve. It's been humbling to train a new missionary and I feel so blessed to be with someone like Elder Gimenez. It's funny because now that I have gotten accustomed to the accent down here in Honduras, Elder Gimenz' spanish is harder for me to understand sometimes. He talks so differently! He says he doesn't have an accent (and he probably doesn't) but I'm used to understanding the accent of los Catrachos and now I'm having to get used to his accent too. But he is helping me to improve my Spanish a lot which has also been great! I'm coming to enjoy speaking Spanish more and more. We have worked super hard this week and seen a few miracles so let's get started.
I want to start off with our investigators and their progress this last week:
Andres Amalla: So I thought his last name was Lopez but I was wrong LOL. Remember, this is the investigator that we call Two (uncle). We had a little bit of a rough week with Tío. He was scheduled to get baptized this coming Saturday the 7th and we were going to follow through with it until Saturday when we reviewed the baptismal interview questions with him. The elders that were there before me had taught the Restoration of the Gospel to Andres or at least they said they had taught it so I hadn't thought about reviewing it with him. But while asking him if he believed that the church had been restored through Joseph Smith he replied that he had no idea who Joseph Smith was. Ooops, that was a bit of a surprise haha. So we're going to have to teach him some more and really make sure that he has a testimony before he gets baptized. The good thing is that now he's not drinking coffee which is awesome! We're planning for the 14th of July for his baptism but we'll see how it goes.
Familia Cortez Acensio (Swalter): So I can't remember if I talked about this family last week but they have been investigators for over a year now and they got married with the last two elders, Elder Maynez and Elder Carranza. Anyways they're already married and ready to get baptized but they lost the desire to get baptized. The last few weeks we've been working hard to help them to feel the desire and the husband, David, told us that he was ready to do it but his wife Eñia wasn't ready to do it. This last fast Sunday Elder Gimenez and I fasted for our investigators and their progress. That was when the miracle happened. Every one of our investigators showed up to church!! After church on Sunday our branch president went and visited this family. While we were doing our companionship study, I recieved a call from the branch president telling us that David and Eñia had accepted a baptismal date for the 14th of July! I couldn't believe it! We went and visited them and it's true they're going to get baptized the 14th! I know that the fast and also all of your prayers for our investigators have been answered. I am so excited to see them enter in the waters of baptism.
José Mejia: We have seen so much progress with José this week! He is the father of three kids and his wife is named Teresa. We haven't had the opportunity to visit his wife all that much but we have seen so much progress with José! He previously had a major problem with alcohol and so we brought a member of the branch who had overcome this addiction. This member has a group that meets together every night to help people overcome their addiction to alcohol and José has been going! He has also been reading in the Book of Mormon and praying and he's learning to rely on Christ's atonement. He came to church yesterday and we also found out that he hasn't consumed alcohol for 8 days which is amazing! It has really been a miracle to see the Lord strengthening him as he overcomes this addiction. We are planning to hold his baptism the 21st of July!
Lucy: It's been a rough week with Lucy. We only met with her once this week because she's starting to work a lot but during the visit she told us about this crazy difficult situation that she's in. She talked a lot about all of the things going on in her life. I can't share any details because it's very personal but she's had a really rough time lately and feels alone. It was sad to see her like that and we're doing all that we can to be able to help her. Please keep her in your prayers.
There are more investigators but I'm short on time.
I have one funny story from this week. When we got to San Pedro Sula to pick up our new missionaries I was only planning to be training my new companion. After meeting Elder Gimenez and getting ready to leave, I was asking the Assistant to the President who the new District Leader in my District was going to be because the old one was ending his mission. He then replied, "They didn't tell you yesterday?" and I said "tell me what?" he then grabbed me by the shoulders and with a smile said "You're the new district leader" LOL so that was kind of crazy. So I'm a District Leader and it's been a humbling experience to have more responsability and be helping to watch over and take care of two other companionships of elders, but I'm loving it! I'm learning a lot and it's been humbling. I'm actually going to be doing exchanges with the Elders in the area next door in the "Naco" areas on Wednesday so I'm excited.
This week I've been thinking a lot about the verse in Alma 7:23 about humility and how I can be more humble. When we are humble we accept the suggestions of others and we are repentant and we strive to improve and do the will of the Lord. It is something I am still trying to improve and I know that with the help of my Savior Jesus Christ that I can improve. Thank you for all of your prayers and for all of your support I love you all and have a great week!