Hola Familia y Amigos!
What a crazy few weeks it has been! Time goes by so fast here on the mission! Lots of miracles these past few days, its incredible! I have lots of stories so I will try to type fast!
First of all, Jesica and Damian still haven`t been able to get married, which has been hard, but we decided that as always God has a reason. Recently Jesica's son Mico has shown interest in the church and wants to start taking the discussions! He is 11 years old and is really prepared to hear the gospel. I think we were so focused on just getting Jessica and Damian baptized that we weren`t really worried about teaching anyone else, but I think we are supposed to wait for Mico so he can be baptized with Jesica and Damian! We are going to start teaching him this week!
Story number two! Last Sunday Hermana Vance and I were out walking and we had about an hour left before we had to be in our house for the night. We had a few people we could go visit, but we weren´t sure who we wanted to teach. We weren´t really feeling the spirit so we decided to stop and say a prayer in the street. We prayed that we would be able to know who we needed to teach that night. We ended the prayer and Hermana Vance turned to me and said "okay Hermana, where does God want us to go?" I hesitated, but I decided to take a moment and just think about it. The only names that came to my mind were that of Korina and Nestor, a couple that Hermana Vance started teaching even before I came, but Korina was getting ready to have a baby so they were kinda busy and they weren´t keeping any of their commitments. We had left asked them to read a chapter in the Book of Mormon like a month ago and they still hadn´t done it. Korina had the baby a few weeks ago so we decided that now would be the perfect time to start teaching them again! I told Hermana Vance that I felt like we needed to go visit them. We went over there and had one of the most powerful lessons I have ever been apart of. Hermana Vance and I testified of the importance of the Book of Moromon and how through this gospel and through Christ we can be forgiven of our sins. We committed them to read in the Book of Mormon and Korina said "yes, I am going to read it this time." We went back to visit them a few days ago and Korina had read even farther than we had asked her to! We asked her how she felt while reading it and she said that she felt like the book was talking to her and that she could read it with clarity and she felt a peace while doing it. We told her that was the Holy Ghost! She was seriously beeming as she talked about how it made her feel! This was really awesome because she was the one who wasn´t really interested in what we had to say at first, but she has completely changed! Nestor also read and said he felt the same peace. Nestor now has a baptism date! Korina will too, but she had to leave in the middle of the lesson so we couldn´t invited her. We are so excited though!
Number three! A few weeks ago we found this guy in the street named Alex and talked to him for a few minutes and taught him a little bit about the restauraciòn. He was really receptive so we asked if we could come back another day and give him a Book of Mormon. He said yes and said we could go back the next day. We went back the next morning and he wasn´t there. As we were walking down the street to another appointment, he pulled up in his car! We were able to give him the book and we asked him to read some before our next appointment. We taught him again on Friday and had an awesome lesson! He told us his story of how he has been searching for something like this for a while now. He goes to the catholic church, but he never found the peace he was looking for. He told us he wanted to feel "full". We told him that this was it and he said "I know, I read some of the book." He said he felt that peace he has been searching for and that he felt it while talking to us as well. We told him that was the Holy Ghost testifying of the truth. He accepted our invitation to be baptized! The sad thing is he will be moving back to Viña in the next few weeks so we wont be able to baptize him here, but we are expecting a "thank you" card from the missionaries in Viña! He is so prepared.
Everyday incredible things like this happen. God is so aware of us and knows what we need. I know that God answers our prayers, all we have to do is ask. He loves us. We are His children.