Saturday, August 23, 2014

"They clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts!"

Well family and friends this week has been another exciting week here in the beautiful land of Santa Rosa. So the rainy season has started, and every night around 6 we start getting a downpour. The other day we were walking peacefully when boooom came the rain. Luckily we were close to a members house and ran in for safety, when suddenly the rain started to come in from the door and from other areas of the house! Yesterday the same thing happened, and we ran to a members house, only to realize that the rain was coming in from the roof. Basically, if it rains her... you get wet. Which makes things quite exciting. The funny thing is is that almost everyone here is afraid of the rain. Completely afraid of it! I am not sure why. They refuse to leave when it rains. The good thing is that it is easier to find people in their houses to teach them, the bad thing is that they do not want to come to church! But it definitely keeps things interesting. 
Also this week we had a miracle. We were walking when there was a horse that was in our path. Yes, I know... a little ridiculous. But there was no getting around this horse nor her rope without her, or us moving. Well, we had things to do so we decided she was going to move. Well we started to coerce her and finally she got a move a long to let the missionaries go about teaching. We went to look for a family, and they were not home. My companion had been feeling sick all day, and she finally told me that she felt like she could not walk anymore. So we were making our way back a long the path to our apartment, when suddenly my companion looked at me "and the phone?!?¨ So we have a system in this companionship. My job is the keys, and her job is the phone. Well...I had no clue so we decided the best option was to pray, especially because here in Honduras, if you misplace something, it is gone. Especially a phone (not important that our new phones are about as ghetto as you get). So we said a prayer, we kept looking in the field where our horse had been, and within seconds my companion found the phone in the field. Truly, a miracle, that first, no one had found the phone and stolen it, and second, that we had found the phone in this field, and third, that the instant that we we were close to where the phone was my companion thought that she needed to look for it.
For exciting news Fabiola has plans to be baptized this week! We are working on getting Nora and Jose married so they can get baptized. Hopefully I will get to see their baptism! Also a less active who has not come to church in FOREVER finally came this week. Yah! In other news, this week has been a little crazy, as we have decided that it is time for a new cycle of people. So we kind of go through cycles. When my companion came we pretty much stopped visiting everyone we were teaching, and searched for new people. After a while you build up lots of investigators and people, and then after a certain time it is time to seperate the wheat from the tares, and we drop a bunch of people and start looking for new people. So we are in a searching cycle again. This means a lot of contacting... which is always exciting because we always meet the craziest, weirdest people.I do not even know where some of these people come from! But it is good because lots of people know who we are, and even if they do not want to listen us, at least we have a bunch of friends in the streets, and a bunch of children to give us hugs and bring us flowers... which is always the BEST. I do not know why, but a child with huge brown eyes and super tan skin who is super dirty from playing all day-- when they go search for flowers to bring you-- it is the most beautiful thing in the entire world. And you just want to take them all home and give them lots of hugs and kisses and yeah. But then you are a missionary and realize that you cannot do almost any of these things. Anyways... missionary problems.

So this week we also read Mosiah 18 twice with different people. I love this chapter! It is so beautiful. I also love it when I get to hear others thoughts. Yesterday we read this chapter wtih a less active family, and they were saying a bunch of things that I had never noticed before. That first, these people probably had to walk a long ways to get to the waters of Mormon to hear Alma. They sacrificed to go there, and then they had to give up a lot of the nice things that they had living in the city with King Noah. They also knew that they were going against the desires of the King, yet they were willing to do it. And Alma, as a missionary, had some serious success. My companion and I were having a little contention the other day about how many people he baptized... well we were both right. First, he baptized 204 people, and later they were 450 souls. What has always impressed me is that Abinadi had no clue that he had a conversion. He died thinking that no one believed in his message. However, he did have a conversion, and that conversion, Alma, became one of the greatest prophets in the Book of Mormon, who later had a son who went on a mission for 14 years and converted King Lamoni and his kingdom. How awesome are the stories in the Book of Mormon?!?!

Anyways, that´s all for now, but I hope that you all have a beautiful week and remember to pray, read your scriptures, and go to church. The primary things, but the things that are the most important!! 

And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye aredesirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand aswitnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
 11 And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.

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