Huh. Turns out writing in my journal and bringing it with me when I go to the internet actually helps a lot.
Last Monday we went as Maranga zone to La Punta, Callao! The sea smell and roaring waves were as authentic as it gets. La Punta is very different from the rest of Callao. La Punta is a pice of Callao that juts out from the mainland (that´s why it´s called ¨the point¨), and it´s a pretty rich, tourist-friendly area. Compare to the rest of Callao, which, though not altogether ugly, is more dangerous because of the drug trafficking and gang violence. Interesting, no?
This week we´ve been heating up! Not weather-wise, it´s finally turned into sweater weather. But we´ve now got three investigators with a baptismal date for this month! José, the jobless guy, almost didn´t come to church this Sunday because an Adventist guy offered him a job working weekends. But we had a great lesson with him on Friday, and a member of the ward was able to accompany us and testify of the importance of obedience to the Sabbath. He also explained the job fair that´ll be held in the stake center in a few weeks. Long story short, José is progressing and having great learning experiences.
This Thursday we had our multizone conference today with Limatambo zone. President and Sister Larson, the assistants, and our zone leaders trained us on effective and thorough commitment extension, being honest and abandoning pride, and utilizing the Spirit more fully to receive personal revelation and help our investigators. As always, the multizone conference was an edifying and eye-opening experience, and I learned some stuff that I hope to put into practice.
As far as abandoning pride, a lot of emphasis was placed on a legendary talk called ¨Beware of Pride¨ by Ezra Taft Benson. I´m sure you´ve all heard of it, but even so, I´d invite you to introspect and read it again. Pride takes on many forms, like competitiveness, praise seeking, and selfishness. When we´re honest with ourselves, we can find these weaknesses and repent of them more sincerely.
This weekend, during our fast, we had a great lesson with a new investigator named Melissa. She is catholic, and she has a lot of real intent in coming to know God and feeling closer to Him. She has family in Chile that are members, and she got curious and decided to submit her info to mormon.org so that missionaries could visit her. She had her dad and her brother pass away a few years ago, so she´s very interested in what happens after life. We taught her the Plan of Salvation, and she committed to be baptized and came to church! Golden.
We ended the week with a lesson with our pensionista´s mom. She´s a diehard catholic with a strong testimony of Christ and a weak belief that she can change. She is very stubborn, and at the end of the lesson she said she´d never pray to learn if the Book of Mormon was true. It´s a shame, but we can´t do anything to help people who are proud, apathetic, or unwilling to let the Spirit touch their hearts. It reminds me of an experience Elder Sanhueza told me about one of his old companions. He had been an investigator of almost every Christian denomination (he´d been a Jehovah´s Witness for a few years prior), and when Elder Sanhueza asked him what made the Mormon church so different that he was converted, he just said, ¨I don´t know. I just prayed about the Book of Mormon and got an answer that it was true.¨ It´s as simple as that: act with faith and a desire to do what´s right.
¨For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. ¨ – 1 Nephi 10:19
Well, this Wednesday we go to the temple! And transfers are next week! I´ts likely that I leave Elio, which is kinda sad, but I´m excited for what lies in store! Until next time, HEROES NEVER DIE!
Elder Kacy Hart Woodward