I had another solid week here in Villa Meredes. We didn’t travel and the hermanas didn’t need help getting around the city so we were able to get some good work done.
This week I had a pretty humbling experience that will be difficult to forget. Last week while we were in church, we had a new couple visit the ward. In order to get to know them better, we started to talk to them and while doing so, we learned they were homeless, have three little kids and literally no belongings. The wife and two of the children are members of the Church and when we met with them this week it was an extremely humbling experience. We traveled to where they are staying and it was really sad to see how they are living. Fortunately, as a ward, we were able to get together some blankets, food, and other essentials that they need. I think this is one my favorite aspects of the Church – we are always ready to help those in need and put their needs in front of our own personal needs. As I talked with the bishop, we decided that the missionaries will give them the spiritual support they need and the ward members will help them with their living situation. Even though they don’t have much, the kids are still smiling and looking for the best! I pray they can receive some help to get back on their feet and one of the best ways to do that is by living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week we also had another awesome lesson with the Sanchez family. The Spirit was so present. In our previous lesson, we left them with Moroni’s promise and as we were asking them whether or not they had read, both of the parents told us about the feelings they felt when they were reading. It was so amazing to hear about the spiritual experiences they had while reading. We explained to them that it was the Holy Ghost testifying that the book was true! Then we had an awesome lesson and we had the whole family participating and there truly was a special spirit there during the lesson. At the end of the lesson, they cooked us a pizza and while we were eating, the dad took a phone call outside. He came back into the house and announced that he had found a job! This was nothing short of a miracle because he has been without work for two years. Then the mom asked, “Why are things like this happening to us?” The entire Sanchez family is embracing the Church and they are receiving blessings for it. On Sunday, they were all together at church and it was the coolest sight. While in the chapel they are literally acting like members. They offer to help, go to activities and participate in class. I love teaching them and I’m looking forward to the progress they will make over next couple of weeks.
We also met up with our homie, Luis. This Friday he will be getting married to a girl in the ward, so we had a lesson with him and invited him to get baptized. He says he’s still unsure about this decision but his future wife really gave some awesome advice to him. So, as a goal for him, we set a baptismal date. He still hasn’t received the answer he wants about what we’ve been teaching him, but it doesn’t hurt to have a goal in mind. I have a plan to rent a tux and crash their wedding on Friday. Stay tuned!
On Saturday night we held another game night in the chapel. In order to gather the ward members together, we played soccer, ping pong and a bunch of other games. We were able to get some nonmembers to attend as well and it was an awesome opportunity to open the chapel to anyone who wanted to play.
I’m feeling really good about the work we are doing here and it’s really nice to see some of the fruits of our labor. Have a killer week!