Okay, sorry but this email will be a little short today. Not because I don't have time, but because I am wrestling with a very stiff, very broken keyboard. My fingers are already hurting from pounding on these things to get a word out, haha :) Hang in there with my bad grammar and typos - already trying to speak English, and throw a broken keyboard in there too? I'm toast, haha :)
This week was... incredible. I thought the last week topped it, but Hna Perez and I are literally seeing miracles every day. I feel so very blessed to work in an area where my Heavenly Father is furthering the work so very much, and together with the members.
1) Do you remember the Idan familia? The mom, Betina, is a less active, and her and her husband Guillermo had decided to let their daughter, Valentina, be baptized, and they all came to church yesterday, WITH the full leg cast that Betina has after her hip surgery. Anyway, this week, our zone leaders pulled us aside, and offered us a bit of inspiration they had had - to talk to Guillermo and invite him to be baptized first, receive the priesthood and baptize his own daughter the next week. I`ll admit, I wasn't really on board at first, but I talked about it with Hna Perez, and we decided to obey the counsel and trust our leaders. We went with a member, Walter Olmos a good friend of Guillermo, and talked about it with him. I was totally floored with Guillermo told us `yesterday, I was actually reading in gospel principles about the family responsibilities, and there it says that the father should be the head of the family. So yes, I want to be the one to baptize Valentina`. I was so floored to see the manner in which the Spirit of the Lord works to prepare and teach his children - this is truly His work!
2) We also have been working with Brian and Soledad. They are a referral from Luis, a man from another ward who works with Brian. Luis talks about the church a lot, and had invited Brian to come - so, he went 45 min on moto with Soledad and loved it. He came to church this last week, accepted a baptismal date - they are getting married on the 23, and baptized shortly after - and are progressing incredibly.
Truly, this week was an amazing week that helped me realize the worth of the members in the missionary work. For example, with Guillermo, Walter was the one who taught and explained the priesthood and invited him to be baptized - we just backed him up. And with Brian and Soledad, Luis read with him 30 min every day in the Book of Mormon during their work break, and that is exactly why he is progressing so much. There are so many things that the missionaries cannot do, even though they are set apart especifically for this work. We, as the members, have the greatest work. To befriend, support and guide these investigators and converts in a way that the missionaries simply cannot do. So, if you don't know your missionaries, step up, call them up, and invite them for a FHE to teach you how to give away a Book of Mormon, or how to approach someone with the gospel.
As was mentioned in the General Conference almost a year and a half ago now, ask the missionaries - they can help :) Pray in your family about what it is you need to learn, and call the missionaries this week to invite them for an FHE. Do it. You will see miracles :)
Love you all!! Hna Hillbill
p.s. special hugs to dad for Fathers Day, and mom since today is her BIRTHDAY! Love you both!