This week was an interesting week and not a whole lot happened but I'll share the most important parts.
We worked a lot with Mark this week trying to get him married so he could be baptized this week. Things didn't end up going through. When he talked to his "wife" about getting married she told him that she wasn't going to marry him until he got her a ring. He was a little disappointed that he couldn't be baptized but was excited for one day down the road when he could. However, missionaries aren't nearly that patient, especially when they have such a little time to make a difference in people's lives. We asked him to pray about if he still needed to get baptized. This first time he got a weird answer that he wasn't comfortable about because he felt like it wasn't an answer that came from God (which he was right about because it was really negative). We tried to get him to pray with us again the next night but he felt like a lot of bad spirits were keeping him from being able to do it so we helped calm him down and he committed to do it again that night. The answer he got the next night was better and we were able to help him recognize the spirit and the promptings it was giving. The big thing that we are working on now is to be able to talk to his wife so we can help her understand why they need to get married. They're "anniversary" was this past weekend so they were going out and Mark was going to sit her down and have her watch the Restoration DVD and then try to talk to her. We were letting him get up for church and over there completely on his own, but he didn't show up so we'll have to figure out what happened and get him married and baptized by the end of this month. More to come on Mark. He's awesome but he needs lots of support to make it sooner rather than later to this step.
This week Elder Gurr came down from the mission office to do exchanges with us and other Elders in the zone. What we do on these exchanges is we do quick "team ups" with most of the companionships in the zone. We meet up with the companionship, the AP goes with new missionary/younger companion and we go with the other missionary. They are supposed to set up as many appointments as they can and we go with them and make the time we have with them as spiritual and motivating as possible to help the missionaries learn and get to know them better. We went on 6 exchanges throughout the day and it was amazing to see the work that was done in just an hour or two. At the very beginning of the day we found a girl name Sabryna who was supposed to get baptized that weekend but the missionaries hadn't been able to get in touch with her for about 2 weeks. We found her, recommitted her for baptism in October, and put the fire back in her that had been lost for a little while. Later in the day we found a few new investigators, invited them to baptism, and taught some really good lessons. My favorite part of the day was when we were able to split with the Spanish missionaries and I got to speak Spanish again! We taught a few people, and committed an investigator named Maria to be baptized on November 16th. It was a lot of fun that day.
Those days are the most draining physically because you have to be on your A+ game for every minute of the day to lift and inspire the missionaries you're with. Normally on a typical day of missionary work you will teach 2-3 lessons and maybe find a new person to teach and then have lots of other contacts and missionary activities during the day. When we totaled up all that we had done, we taught 9 lessons, got a few referrals, added 3 new investigators, visited 4 less actives, and committed 2 people to baptism on specific dates. It was an amazing day and filled with miracles. It was a great opportunity to be able to help so many missionaries.
This Sunday was probably one of my favorite Sundays of my mission. The talks that were given in Sacrament meeting were by a new couple in the ward that have young kids and are both returned missionaries. They talked about receiving revelation and it was really inspiring. Our gospel principles class talked a lot about modern day prophets and that was great as well. In Elder's Quorum we talked about missionary work to top it all off. Sundays are always the best and so refreshing!
It was a great week and as always I'm looking forward to this next one!
Les Quiero Mucho,