Claudio has a baptism date for the He is a pretty cool dude. He is 26 and we found him through his sister. We were on a bus going to this part in our sector way far a way. I started to talk to this girl next to me named Javiera. She wasn't too interested in anything about religion. So we just started talking about her studies in he university. I asked her if I could come over one day to help her understand this book she is reading in English. She said yes :) We set up a day to go see her but she wasn't there. We went again and this man opened the door....it was Claudio! He let us come in and we committed him to baptism. He loved it. He has never been baptized and he felt as though we was lacking something with his faith. He has always had such a strong faith but has never really known what to do with it. He is finishing his college degree and expressed that he needs something more, but he never knew what. We shared Helamen because he is into architecture. He was so into it and explained the symbolism to us.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We had the best activity Friday night. We did a country night! It was so fun! We needed to get the members excited for the activies and started with a fun one to have them excited for the next to come which will be focused on the missionary work.
As for the work! Gerald is doing well. We got to talking about the missionary work and she showed him our manual and he got way interested. I told him he could have one and he said but I'm not a missionary. I told him he could be. He did not say no, all he said was, "mas adelante" that is not a no so there is some interest there :)
We have also been working with a couple that is not married. They have a date to be married the Mariela y Luis se llaman. They have been coming to church for a few months now. The only thing is that ALL of Chile is on a strike....and no one can get married! We really need some specific prayers so that this strike ends before the They want to be baptized the 14th and go to the temple the 20th. Mariela is so happy. They have been together for 15 years and they just had never thought about being married. I can not remember if I have mentioned them before but all is well with them just a strike problemita.
Monday, October 12, 2015
I love Collao, the members and the size of the sector. It is crazy big and we talk to people every day who have never talked to or seen missionaries before which impresses me so much. There is so much to do. But Collao has been a sector where I have probably had the most brutal rejection.
Some houses just let us in to yell at us or challenge our faith. And all you have to hold onto is your burning testimony that sometimes doesn't even get to them because they are so turned off from the spirit.Or they do not even breath between what they say to hear you. I have really had to adjust how I teach with people that do not believe in God. And it is very hard to extend a commitment to pray and have them reject it completely. Explaining how it would be pointless and they did not even want to try to see what they could loose. At the start of my mission things like that would really frustrate me but now it really just gives me a lot of "pena".....sadness, worried about what will happen to them, pain from thinking how sad our Father in Heaven must feel when others reject the chance to communicate with him.
It hurts but I know that I have already chosen who I follow. I have crossed the line. I do not need applause. I live by faith. I am edified by prayer. My path is hard, my mission is clear. I will not complain about the sacrifice. I will be obedient till my last day. I feel as though I can speak so boldly because this road has brought me the most happiness in this life. We are not promised an easy road....just a destination. I invite you to ponder this destination. Eternal life, a happiness that does not know an end.....forever, with God and your family. Do you want to be happy? --- Live the gospel.
Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
I think it was also so a beautiful blessing because Gerald is so young. He is basically our age. So the gospel relates to us in our lives in a lot of the same ways. He is just 22 and it is awesome that he will have so many blessings to partake of. And will be able to bless his future family so much as a priesthood holder. He always gets a bit emotional when we promise blessings that he will receive for his future family with all of his sacrifices he is making now. Who knows.....the mission could even be in his plans. We have already told him we want him to join us for a few lessons with other investigators to help them with their doubts. He was more than excited. He started just laughing with joy as he said yes.
Hermana Parkin sang a song for the baptism and I played the piano for her.....okay that is kind of a lie. It would make my mom really happy but Hermana Parkin just recorded the song fist on the piano and I just had to push play. But I took advantage of the situation and put on a good show as if I was playing.