Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Semana 22

Hi everybody! I hope you´ve all had a great week this week.  We´ve been working hard here and are seeing a lot of success come forth.

The sisters in our district had baptisms this Saturday so I had to the baptism interviews which was my first time doing baptism interviews. Me and my companion were able to baptize them and it was a great experience. We have a family we´re teaching that wanted to come to the baptism but they got there right after the baptism while we were changing out of our wet clothes. It´s too bad they couldn´t come for it all since they really want to learn more but they say they´re going to come to church and come to the next baptism. They didn´t come yesterday though but we´re going to visit them this week and help them. The ward mission leader told them a while ago to go online and look up the church since they wanted to learn more. They did that and ended up reading anti mormon literature and bad stuff about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon that damaged their testimonies a little bit. They asked all these questions to the missionary who was here before me but since he got transfered and we hadn´t been able to visit them since they were always busy they´ve had all these doubts. We visited them last week and they asked us these questions. I remember reading all of that stuff before I left on the mission and it doesn´t matter what people say because in the end only God can give us the answers. We told the family that they just need to ask personally pray and ask God if this is true. They seen changes in their life for listening to the missionaries and keeping the committmens so they know it´s true deep down they just need to get on their knees and pray. We´ve followed up with them and they said that they are praying but say they haven´t received an answer yet. James chapter 1 and Moroni 10 both council us that we should always pray and ask God for answers and that we will receive through the Holy Ghost. That is the only way to know the truth!

We´re working really hard here and we´re finding a lot of new people. We´re finding about 10 new investigators every week and a lot of them have potencial. One of them is G. He´s really great and has sincere desires to change. He says he wants to give up everything because he´s had problems with divorce and alcohol and wants to start fresh and feel at peace and overcome his problems. We gave him a baptismal date for the 1st of February and he accepted but this weekend he broke his collar bone and has to stay in the house for two months to heal. That means he won´t be coming to church and won´t be able to be baptized until he heals. We´re going to keep visiting him every now and then to give him support and encourage him to press forward so he doesn´t lose the desire that he has. 

We just got a message from President Ghent saying that the new mission president has been called. His name is President Christensen and is from Utah. He served in this mission 40 years ago and will officially begin work on July 1st. 

Well that´s about all that´s happened this week. I hope you all have a good week. I hope to hear from you all soon!

-Élder Gómez

Quito is very close to the equator and the sun can be strong during the day.

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