Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dani's baptism

Hola familia,

I think this may be one of the first weeks where I don´t really know what to write. The call was good, it was great to see you all, just kind of don´t know what to say, I´m working hard and helping people realize some pretty big changes in their lives. Fighting the disobedience that always seems to creep into the mission and consequently in the zone. But you now I don´t like to talk about that. I think one of the easiest things to do in this month I have left is to study every day. It´s been a solid part of my morning and one of the other things I have really stepped into as well is daily exercise. Maybe the hardest for me is to demonstrate patience with investigators or missionaries that just don´t get it. I don´t mean that I blow up or anything, but it´s been a little easier to just be very direct and tell people how things are and how they have to be.

For example, I think I told you about O. He is the recent convert that fell from the 4th floor of a building he was working on building to the 2nd floor. Well he spent probably around a month unconscious and when he woke up he couldn´t move due to have crushed his ankle and broken his hip falling laterally. Now that we are removed from that a little, he has started to walk with a lot of difficulty. We are ecstatic for his physical process. For the majority of his recuperation, he has be even stronger spiritually, relying on his testimony of the priesthood to be able to recover, but last week we didn’t visit him. In fact, we hadn’t visited him for a week and a half or so. During that lapse of time, the members from the (another church) (yep it exists here too, under a different name) where he had gone before, visited him and stuffed his head full of falsehoods about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. It was so hard to head into the lesson thinking would work on his faith and see that he wanted to return to his other church and that he hadn´t even prayed before making the decision.

We taught a little bit, clarifying the false doctrine that they had fed him and got a lesson set for the next day. When we went back the next day, he was still pretty set on not coming back and he still hadn´t really prayed to know the truth, but we taught lesson 1 about the restoration so clearly there wasn´t room for error and the spirit filled the room. I felt like some kind of old-time prophet giving testimony before the judgment of the Sanhedrin and we finished with a rock solid testimony. He committed to come to church on Sunday and take the sacrament in an attitude of prayer.

He didn´t come to church on Sunday, which was really disappointing, but we are going back to his house today to see what happened.

D was baptized and confirmed, no problems. He says that he felt really forgiven and that after a long time it was good to be forgiven of his sins. The elders quorum president called for everyone to focus on making him feel welcome. I sent pictures of him with his family as well as of me, Elder N and D


I love you all, sorry for the weird, wandering letter. Hold on even tighter to the rod this week, "no sea que el diablo viene y les prende con las cadenas del pecado (o mal información)" That it might not be that the devil comes and confuses us with his wild ideas and twisted plans. Take care until next week!


Elder Nelson

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