Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week 82 - Feast on the words of Christ

(Gabby here...sorry for delayed posts. Been having issues with blogger. Sorry, I couldn't load pictures either)

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Hello everyone,

To be honest this week had its good points and its bad ones. We've been having lots of lessons but the people that we are finding aren't really progressing. We have one investigator that is really progressing towards baptism, Keili. Keili is the oldest daughter of a less active family we found last change with elder cornejo. Really, only the mom is a member and she was baptized little and stopped going when she was 14-15 (She's 41 now to give you an idea). But keili has been showing great potential. She has read 2 entire pamphlets and basically explained them to us after. When her mom or dad ask questions she explains to them. We asked her to read the introduction page of the Book of Mormon and she read it AND the testimonies of the Three Witnesses, Eight Witnesses AND Joseph Smith. The only thing is: yesterday she didn't come to church :'( and we don't know why.

Another miracle occurred yesterday, we were leaving our lunch and going to a sector to contact when we were passing by an old investigator's house. I felt like we should try knocking his door one last time before giving up forever the chances of finding him again. I knocked. and what do you know? He opened! He let us in and had a bunch of questions. Even though it was over 2 weeks ago that we met with him last, he had read the pamphlet and had a lot of good questions. We tried to help him resolve a few of his doubts but our time ran out and he had to go. We put a return appointment and hope to be able to find him again this time.

This week we started something as a mission. We are following President Nelson's advice and studying Jesus Christ. We are calling it the 40 Day Feast, alluding to "Feast on the words of Christ". Every day we are reading a chapter of the doctrines that Christ taught and it is all laid out on a card what we have to read each day. It has been great so far. I love reading the real doctrine of Christ. These are the things that answer the big questions. The great thing is is that most of the answers are simple. The Gospel isn't complex. It's not even profound. Really, for those who understand it, the Gospel is so simple that it almost seems innate. Something that we've always known but never remembered. Because we literally learned it before coming to this earth! Oh, I love it!

Apart from feasting spiritually, this week we've been having a literal feast as well. Members have been giving us some pretty interesting foods. The sister who gives us lunch gave us a type of sub sandwich that was basically a salad in the middle of french bread. It had radish, beets (they eat a lot of that here), cucumber, lettuce, carrots, tomato, and chicken. It was huge! I could hardly fit it in my mouth. Then, yesterday the Cirilo (see·ree·lo) family gave us an awesome dish with steak and this sausage, but the most special part: A&W Rootbeer and Oreos! Two things that you don't enjoy too often here, especially outside of the city.

Haha good times! Well gots to go. Hope you all have a good week!

Elder Mattiaccio
Barrio Sanarate, Zona Jalapa, Guatemala Sur

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