Monday, November 4, 2013

"And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do."

Hey guys!!!! Well i didn't get any pictures of your halloween costumes but it sounds like you guys had a pretty fun week with lots and lots of stuff to do! Everyone told me last week that no one really does anything for halloween here so i wasn't expecting much but there were a lot of people walking through the streets! So it was fun to see all the kids walking through the streets, only that here instead of saying trick or treat they just ask for 'halloween'. Haha, so that was kinda weird. And then the 1st and 2nd was dia de los muertos, so there were a lot of people in the streets doing some ritual or something it looked like, but i forgot to bring my camera, otherwise i would have recorded it. Then on Saturday night a family in our ward had a birthday party for their little daughter and they invited us to come and it was a lot of fun! A lot of the members of the ward went and a few of our investigators too, so it was a good time:) Then today for a zone activity we went to this place called Magic Bowl and played pool and ping pong and bowled (obviously). And I scored 200!!!! I took a picture of it so i'll send that to you guys, but  everyone was impressed. :) Also we've been kinda stressing out this week because the bishop asked us to organize EVERYTHING for a noche mexicana de talento that we're going to have the 15th. And we literally know nothing about that kind of stuff, so we're going to be needing a lot of help from the members this week to get it all ready for the next week.

Well we had to move the baptism to this week instead of yesterday because there was some scheduling conflicts but it's all good! So the 4 kids are going to get baptized this sunday! So we're super super excited for that. Right now we've just been reviewing everything with them and helping them stay excited for their baptism so it's been pretty laid back with them. But the most powerful experiences this week have come with a few less active families in the ward. We have found an hermano in the ward who loves doing visits with us so we usually go with him one or 2 nights a week to visit less active members, and on halloween we were with him visiting a few families when another less active member found us on the street and told us he had left his house with the intention of finding the missionaries because he wanted us to give his 3 year old daughter a blessing because she's really sick. So we went to their house and gave the blessing, and the spirit was super super strong. And they later expressed to us how they have missed having the spirit in their home and haven't been able to go to church because their daughter has been super sick. So we invited them on Sunday and we left it at that. Then on Sunday when they didn't show up, the thought occurred to us to bring them the sacrament. So we talked to the bishop and he said we could do it, so we brought a couple of the little cups and a piece of bread to their house. We were able to have a mini sacrament meeting with them in their house and the spirit was soooo strong. They both ended up in tears because it has been such a long time since they have had the sacrament and have been able to feel the spirit. It was really just a really great experience, and it never would have happened if the spirit hadn't given us the impression to bring them the sacrament. As far as investigators, we have the LM family still and they are who is going to get baptized this Sunday. And we also had a really really spiritual lesson with another investigator yesterday who is struggling with depression and finding hope and a purpose in life. So we were able to teach about plan of salvation and help him understand more the plan God has for us. It was actually pretty cool that we found him because we went to go buy a campechana one night and he was the one cooking them, and we started talking to his friend and she knows a youth in the stake who is about to go on a mission so we started talking to her about the church and then she told us that her friend J was battling with depression and drugs and that she was really worried about him, so that's when we were able to start to talk with him. 

I feel like this week i have really learned a lot about working by the spirit, and following it's promptings. Like it says in 1 Nephi 4:6, that we should always follow the guide of the spirit, even if we don't know what to do. Because I know it's no coincidence that people are placed in our paths as missionaries, and even not as a missionary, because everything happens for a reason and only God has the perfect knowledge of when things should happen. I really have been able to feel the spirit a lot this past week and it's given me a lot of motivation to go out and find all of the people God has prepared for us to find!

Well, I love you guys! And i hope you all have a great week:)

con mucho amor,
Elder Bird

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