i didnt have any schizos yell at me during sacrament meeting... but we did have an investigator come to church for all three hours AND stay for the baptism of an 8 year old girl in the ward after!!! LESS GOOO. its so hard to get people in our sector to go to church, and even though joaquin came to general conference, it had been a long time since somebody had gone to a sacrament meetting. like multiple months.
speaking of joaquin... haha. so we went to our appt with president last Tuesday.. and he ended up dropping him basically in the lesson! hey we went down swinging. he was our last chance of baptizing this change adn we wanted him to progress so bad. But president got in with us and after teaching the plan of salvation he just wasnt opening his heart up to the spirit. President pretty much told him look Elder Allred and Elder Ammirati are going to pass by in 2 days and you are going to decide if you want to find out if the church is true of not. its not their decision its yours. so you can pray and find out, or never know. but its your decision. the guy was super super prideful. when we asked if he wanted to be with his wife again who died a few months ago, he was pretty much indifferent about it. so we passed by again adn he hadnt prayed and still didnt want to. it was an amazing experience. At the beginning Pres. Dìaz basically just hammered him with about 15 questions and pinned down exactly what it was we needed to teach. hes a machine. i love him. the spirit was so strong, but like it says in 1 Nephi 33:1 we can only invite the spirit into the room, we cant force anyone to allow it into their hearts.
we did however see the blessing of trusting in the Lord this week. we dropped joaquin, we dropped Leo (same problem), and we dropped Jorge and karen(they think theyre going to live in Miami but theres no way). which left us with pretty much zero investigators. we almost didnt teach this week, but we worked hard to find better investigators that God is preparing for us. And thats when we found Catalina.
The Calderon family was baptized in concepcion, active for about ten years, endowed, sealed, and 3 of their 4 kids were baptized. then the two oldest daughters went inactive, so the parents stopped going, their 16 year old son came out gay, and they went went completely inactive. but when we passed by last week the dad let us in and in teh middle of the lesson catalina, who is 10 years old, told her dad that she needed to be baptized. he works in santiago 7 and 7, so he wasnt there, and the mom still hasnt come around to sharing with us, so catalina came alone to church!!! i immediately went back adn listened to Elder Nielsons talk in conference about how children have the potencial to change others hearts and the responsibility we have to give children a chance in teh church. this little girl is awesome and super smart. shes gonna keep progressinga and hopefully she brings her family with her!
well guys. the church is true. there is zero doubt about that. if you dont believe it, search for it. its when we have spaced ourselves from our Heavenly Father that we dont comprehend why he allow certain things to happen. but there is a lesson and blessings in everything he does for us. I know it.
i begin to train the next referral secretary next wednesday. we go to santiago on tuesday so i dont think ill have p day until next saturday. Keep it trill folks.