Friday, November 25, 2016

November 21 Happy Thanksgiving!

I felt like this was a very successful week. We were able to continue teaching all of our progressing investigators and find some new investigators that have some really good potential!
La familia Challes is doing well as far as their spiritual progress. They were able to come to church again yesterday and Luis should be able to get baptized this Saturday! It was really great in church because all of the members were very kind to them. Luis and Christian got a long really well with the young men and that should make it easier for them to keep coming (:
The biggest surprise and miracle was our investigator Angel coming to church with his inactive wife! Angel is about 80 years old, even though he looks 60. Angel is from Mexico, but has many years living here in Chiapas. He has 3 kids with his wife, one of which is the president of the young women in our ward. Angel and Irma have been getting more and more interested in our church in the last couple weeks because at first they were a little closed. For years they were going to the pentecostes church. Irma was actually baptized in our church when she was about 12 years old but went inactive shortly afterward. Irma was actually the one most reluctant to attend church. Angel has wanted to go for some time now, but they never really seemed to get the courage to go. After bringing many members with them they were able to build more confidence in coming, but they still lacked something. One day Angel was telling us that mostly they don’t go to church because they have a big lot of land on the outskirts of Chiapa De Corzo and they go every Sunday to cut down the overgrowth and big weeds or "monte". So my companion and i thought that it would be a great service project for the elders to do in the zone! We finally convinced Angel and Irma to let us do the service and we planned it all out. Elder Clark gave us permission to do it and we had everything ready to go! So last Friday early in the morning, Elder Lima, Burke, a member from their ward, Elder Terriquez, Hernandez, Martinez, Martinez and my companion and I went to cut "monte" with a bunch of machetes! It was the best service I’ve ever done on the mission! It was a blast to go with Angel and all 9 of us got to know him more. As we got there he guided us and we got to work! Well after a lot of sweat, blood and maybe a tear or two (; we were able to finish the service project and get back to our areas. We were all very sore afterward and had many blisters, but it was well worth it!!!
Angel now has a baptismal date for the 23rd of December! He really reminds me of my grandpa haha. I’m sad that I won’t be able to see the baptism, but I am very happy for their family! His daughter who is a member is very happy!
Miracles are happening and will keep on going! We will keep working hard to see more.
-Elder Hagues

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