Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Week of Miracles

Dear Family,

We saw so many miracles this week! It was a amazing! Monday to Thursday we didn't have a lot of success, only finding one new investigator and not able to put a single baptism date. We decided to fast Thursday and when Friday came around we managed to find 6 new investigators. One of our last lessons for the day was a referral, Reiner, from a new convert, Gretel. We started teaching the lesson and everything went well, at the end we invited him to be baptized and he accepted. We were about to end with a prayer when another man walked in. 

"Ask him the question," Gretel said.
"What question?" I said.
"The same question that you asked Reiner."
Realizing that Gretel wanted us to commit him to baptism my companion and I looked at each other in surprised silence. Though we were willing to ask him Gretel saw that we were both still a little shocked and so started in saying, "As you learn the missionaries message and know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true will you be baptized?" 

It was awesome! And a little humbling (As we were to shocked to take the initiative). Reiter accepted to be baptized and Gretel even put the baptism date as well! It was super rewarding to see our new convert taking part in mission work. The next two days we were able to find 4 more investigators and they all accepted a baptism date! 

 I know we are going to see more miracles this week! I'm excited for Turrialba this year. I think a bunch of things are going to change for the ward here. We've started a new initiative where every family has a huge mission plaque with their family name on it (it rotates through the families) and they have an assigned week where they have to have a family night with the missionaries and less actives or non members. We just had our first family night with the bishop's family yesterday. It was a great experience.

We taught a lesson to Hermano Gerardo and his wife Grais.  Our ward mission leader, Hermano David, accompanied us as well as Axel (Recent Convert).  We taught a lesson about repentance.  It wasn't the best lesson, but not too bad either.  However, we expected Axel to be quite and not talk during the lesson, as normally the teenagers we bring a long to lessons do.  Instead he stared teaching as if he was the teacher! 

We had him read a verse in the book of Mormon that mentioned Eternal Life.  "They'll have eternal life, ah see.  Eternal life.  Did you see Hermano and Hermana?  Eternal.  Life.  Pay attention," Axel said.  Then he had to leave a little early and when he was going out the door he paused  and said"  Repent repent! Before you experience what I have experienced."  After he  left he returned a gain saying, "Repent repent!"  It was a bit funny, but good for him to be a part of the lesson.  Luckily our investigators weren't offended.

Remember when I told you how Hno Alfonso had a dream that he needed to come to church?  Well he told us the whole dream this week. Hna Samayoa and I were walking with a glowing man in a shirt and tie.  The man told Alfonso that he needed to go to church and be married...to me!!!!!  Alfonso said that in the dream we were boyfriend/girlfriend and everything.  Uh oh.  He said he woke up feeling happy and relaxed the whole day.  He was a little embarrassed to tell us his dream, but assured us that he's never had any feelings for us or anything....I hope he's telling the truth!

Transfers are next Monday.  I won't know until Sunday night if I am going to change areas or not.  I hope not.  I'm going to  miss every one here!

Yesterday we went with Hna Rosa and her family to a park and had a picnic.  It was fun!

Love you all!!!!

Hermana Bratt

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