I hope all is well! Another great week in the mission.
have been doing lots of work here to rebuild the area and trying to
find new investigators. We were teaching a 9 year old kid named Luis that was
progressing towards baptism but he moved back to Mexico so he's gone. This week we started teaching
two great families: one in Camino that went to a Christian church in
Mexico but go to a 7th day adventist church because that's the first one they
found here, and a family that is related to our one family of members. We are
excited to teach them more and get some other ideas in place!
trying to get an English class started here and a soccer night to be
able to find more Hispanic people.
There's not too much else going on up here. A lot of the Hispanic people
up here already know the missionaries or are very "hard-hearted" and
"stiff-necked" and don't want to hear us. They run away from us and
hide and are afraid to make commitments with God, that's what our member
says at least. Yesterday we had a conversation that is very
typical. The kids answered the door and talked to us for a while in
English, then we hear voices from the back saying in Spanish, "tell them
to go away and that we're not interested". Eventually we get to
talking to the parents and they tell us they don't like our religion or
that "they're catholic and that's that". When we ask them what they
don't like they never have anything to say and just say "we all worship
the same God and that's really all that matters. My parents raised me
Catholic so that's how I'm going to stay". We then usually bring up
points such as "well if it doesn't matter which church you go to as long
as you worship God, why are you so against listening to our message?"
or "so what you're saying is if you happened to be born Protestant you
would die Protestant just because that's the religion your were born
in". Usually by then they have nothing more to say so they just turn us
away and don't listen to us any more. It's really sad to see how
little people are committed to God and how far off they are but we keep
searching for the people that God is preparing to accept the truth.
One cool experience we had this week happened with two different
people. One night we were talking to an older guy and we got to
talking about ourselves and he was asking why we take time out of our lives to
serve the Lord. He thought it would be better that we study and go to
school and then get into a really good career. We kept telling him that
we were called by a prophet of God to be there and knew that that's
where we needed to be at the time and that there would be time as soon
as we go home to finish studying and get started in our careers. A few
days later when we met the 7th day adventists,
when we were leaving we asked if there was anything we could do to help
them out. She said no because anything else we could do for her
wouldn't be nearly as important as what we were doing then. She related
it to the story of Martha and Mary, where one was doing honorable
things in cleaning/chores but the other sitting at the feet of Jesus was
doing something more important. That really made me think and be grateful
for the time I have to serve the Lord. I know there's nothing better
that I could be doing in my life right now and am very grateful for the
experiences I've had and everything I've learned.
I hope the week goes well at home and I'll try to have more to say for the next week!
Les Quiero Mucho,