Monday, April 23, 2012

A few more weeks here??

Dear todos-
Another week has gone by here in Brownsville, this week our investigators faced a lot of opposition.  The Almeida kids (Barbara, Oscar, and Deborah) ended up not getting baptized.  At first it was just Barbara who said she didn't want to get baptized any more- she just said it was cuz her life was already good and she didn't really want to start another one.  We tried to explain how even Jesus Christ was baptized and that it is a commandment that we're all baptized, but she just didn't understand or want to understand.  But Oscar and Deborah were really excited to get baptized and had and passed their baptismal interviews, but then Saturday night that had to go with their mom to their uncle's house- and we think they got anti'd there or something.  We tried to go by many times during Sunday, but they weren't home and finally we got a call from Carmen (the mom) and she just said they didn't want to get baptized anymore... :/  So we'll have to see what happened, but it was a super downer for Sunday.
On a positive note- we were able to see a miracle when our investigator Hermana (sister) Garza came to church by herself.  We had an awesome church tour with them earlier in the week, but we knew her husband already had to go to mexico on Sunday, but her 20 year old daughter was supposed to go too, but last second she backed out on her mom, but her mom came and loved church.  We had an excellent member/recent convert talk with her and she started crying and everything, but it was awesome to see how brave she was by coming by herself and trying to set the example.  We just need her to keep it up and we know they will follow.
I went on a few exchanges (well, I didn't really exchange myself for anyone, but rather went and helped another area haha) this week in other areas and was able to talk with a lot of intersting people.  I will actually be returning to go out with Elder Irwin and Jackson to teach a family for the second time that we found knocking when I was with them.  We knocked and the mom answered and we started talking to her about the restored gospel and she was really interested- so she made her 12 year old and I think 9 year old boys come to the door to listen too.  We then asked if we could continue talking inside and she let us right in.  She had a lot of excellent questions- where did we come from?  Why are there so many churches?  How can I find the truth?  And so we taught to her needs and shared the restoration and she loved it and said she believed it.  We gave her the Book of Mormon and left her with a chapter to read and right as we were going strong with the Spirit and the Book of Mormon her baby daughter started crying really loud and so she asked if we could come back another day to teach them.  So anyways, Tuesday was the best we could do because they go to mexico a lot because they own a big syrup type company (their house was really nice).  Anyways, I am excited for all these people we're teaching in the zone.  Anywho, time is short!  Love you all!  Share with me about your Book of Mormon reading this week, or your favorite chapter and why! :)  Love!

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