HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s kind of weird to imagine that I will be starting and ending this year in Mexico. I am so excited for 2018, and I know God has big plans for me this year. Everyday is so busy because there is ALWAYS a way to serve. I may not be teaching every second of the day, but there is always a chance to serve.
This week I saw God´s hand time after time. My companion and I were visiting one of our investigators, America, who is 9 years old. She wants to be baptized so bad and listens with the most attention that I have ever seen a 9 year old give. Her grandpa is a member and is one of the most active people in the ward. So anyway we go into their house, and the grandpa is on the phone. He says "Oh perfect! The phone is for you guys." My companion and I were so confused, but we took the phone, and it was another member of our ward. She told us to meet her at this street RIGHT now because she has a friend who is sick and could use missionaries right now. We meet her friend and can just feel a deep sadness coming from her. She has a daughter who has severe disabilities. We get to talking and learn that she feels like she is in a dark place right now. She doesn't know how to feel better. And did we have a message for her... We shared Joseph Smith’s first vison by having her close her eyes and imagine. She opened her eyes and there were tears in her eyes. She said she felt something like she has never felt before. She feels a light. The spirit was so strong anyone who walked into the room could feel it. We invited her to be baptized, and she said yes. All of her problems will not go away with the gospel, but the gospel provides a way for us to feel relief from the burdens of daily life. I know life is hard. I feel that. But with the help of Jesus Christ we don´t have to do it alone. That is why I am HERE in Mexico.
If you know someone who is struggling and you don´t know how to help... This is your answer. The gospel can help anyone no matter the problems. I know this gospel is true with all my heart. I know God placed this women in our hand for a reason. I don´t speak perfect Spanish, but that is not important. With the help of God all is possible.
I attended my first baptism for the Elders in our ward, and it was so amazing! Never in my life have I met someone so excited to be baptized. She will be a valiant member for forever I am sure of it!