This has been another great week! We have still had to do a lot of administration, to get to know the local leaders, and branch members, but also, the ministry has been great. The Lord is so clearly preparing a lot of families for us to teach. I would like to tell you about two particular families: The Sanchez family – We met them last week, and the missionaries have been teaching them for some time. In the past, they haven’t shown many signs of progression. Now, the Lord has them in a really good spot to hear our message. The mother is a single mom of three kids. Her oldest son, Diego, has a girlfriend and a son. Maria, the girlfriend is expecting another child(one of the signs that Thomas S. Monson gave to show that the Lord is preparing people). Diego also lost his job recently (another sign that they are being prepared from Thomas S. Monson). Luis, 11, there younger brother was going to get baptized in the past. He didn’t have any support from any of his family. It was hard on him to go to church alone. Now, Diego and Maria want to get married and they both want to start going to churchWe will begin teaching them the discussions this week. I remember teaching them on exchanges when I was here in Blackfoot before. The mother didn’t really like the missionaries that much (she is a strong catholic). I made sure to be extra polite and kind to her. You can see the difference. She feeds us food every time we come. She is even listening in on our lessons now too. I have high hopes for this family.
Also, their neighbor, the Padilla family, are less active. I believe that the Lord prepared them specifically for us. He told us yesterday that when we came the first time over to his house, a strong desire was burning in his heart. He says the way we taught was different from the last missionaries that stopped by. Also, his daughter commented that she felt judged from the last missionaries that came. It is sort of sad that even missionaries can’t maintain a Christlike countenance in situations like these. I guess we all have our weaknesses. Anyway, the family really wants to come back to church now. I can feel God’s love for them, as he blessed us with the ability to teach by the Spirit. It was a great lesson yesterday.
Oh yeah, one more good thing happened this past week. That family that I told you about last Monday, the one with the sister who wanted to get sealed in the temple (to her non-member husband), and follow the example of her active, sealed older sister. Anyway, we met them, the Flores family. We are going to begin the lessons tomorrow night. There are a lot of things happening right now.
Elder Reeve and Samyn are both doing really well. They are great companions to have, however, they are both really struggling with Spanish. We moved our language study time up to an hour and a half (like we talked about at zone conference). It is helping a lot. We also are now practicing simple Spanish sentence structuring in the car. I would speak only Spanish with them, but I don’t think that they are quite at the point to do that yet. It is all going really well though.
I have been doing a lot better with charity, virtue, and love. I have really been trying to take the counsel from the Savior and focus on the two greatest commandments, love for God and for my fellow man. It seems to help everything else when I can always be ministering to my fellow man here, both patience with my companions, and pure love of Christ with the people we will teach. I have seen quite the difference.
Love and miss all of you!