Wednesday, August 7, 2013

La Puerta

It is baptism! And the Spirit testifies it to people every day. Being a missionary is hard and so awesome.  I want to tell you every detail and yet time never permits it!

We went to transfers last Wednesday and it was incredible.  President Carter invites everyone to the transfer meeting every six weeks whether you are being transferred or not.  We are all in a huge gym, sitting with our zones, watching slideshows on a huge projector.  We watched a video of the past month with pictures of all the baptisms, of testimonies of the recently departed missionaries (powerful!), and then after all that- the transfers!  It is dramatic, with each companionship going up on the screen one by one and then the Assistants announce, "Elder Soandso se va and Elder Whatshisbucket recibira..... Elder Whatshisname!!" And then all the missionaries clap like crazy.  It was so fun and exciting.  We are a united team.  President Carter knows what he is doing.  I love it.  We have a mission song that makes me cry every time.  I love being a missionary.

We were waiting for el colectivo (bus) one day this week and hermana Henao stopped a man walking by to invite him to Church.  He told us he has a step-brother that is mormon and that he was willing to meet with us and tehn the colectivo came and we quickly wrote down his address.  Our plans fell through later than day and we were near his house, so we decided to stop by and see if he was home.  He came out and talked to us at his gate for a while, saying he had verguenza to let us in his house where his family would hear.  He had lived a rough life but had recently had some powerful experiences that made him make some drastic changes.  He kept telling us that he couldn´t believe we had actually come.  We really wanted to share the Restoration with him so we asked if we could just sit outside so he went to get some chairs when his mom came out and said, "What are you doing? They can come in the house- we´ve had lots of mormons in the house before!"

Turns out half the people that live in that house are mormons and he had no idea!  His step-dad started pulling up videos on their computer that they had taken of some missionaries singing them a song and everything.  He was just as astonished as we were.  It was great.  We had a great lesson with him and his little step-brother accompanied him to Church yesterday.  He has been so prepared.  He is reading the Libro de Mormon and preparing well for his baptism.  He felt the Spirit so strongly in the capilla.

The Lord is opening our mouths and leading us to prepared people.  His hand is leading this Church and this work.  He helps us to realize we can do so much more than we ever thought possible.  I love these people!  I love seeing the Spirit teach someone what it means to believe in a Savior, that baptism really is the gate through which we must enter, that families really are eternal, that the Book of Mormon really is the word of God.  I know it is true.

I love you. Thanks for being so wonderful and loving and supportive.  Have fun and be safe!! So excited to see the pictures!  You´re all just the BEST!


Hermana Peterson

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