April 24, 2017 1:24 p.m. Comas Lima Peru
Thank you for your emails! They mean so much to me. I have learned about the trust that God has in us when we act in faith. I have noticed that when I am excited to share the gospel with new people and really focused on our goals of the number of nuevos (new contacts) to find that day, the Lord puts incredible families and hombres mayores in our path. Yesterday, our goal was to find 5 nuevos and we had appointments planned with 5 contacts, but all of our appointments fell through. After walking around for a while to old contact’s houses and “Plan B”s with no success, we felt that we needed to pray. We said a fervent, brief, but specific, prayer and then waited, listening for the Spirit for a minute. We walked across the street and, on the corner, was a family of 5! We contacted them and they were interested to learn more about Christ in the Americas and the Book of Mormon. They looked like they needed to leave, but said “We’re not in a rush”, so we were able to teach them about the Restoration. I did not expect the Lord to answer our prayer so quickly! What a gift!
We’re really excited for the baptism of Miriam and Randhi this Saturday! This week we read with them Mosiah 5:1-5 and talked about testimonies. Both of them said that they would strive to keep the commandments/live like Christ for the rest of their lives. This is an answer to prayers that their testimonies would grow and I’m so grateful to be a part of their journey.
I also went to Migraciones? (Immigration) this week. So, I think I’m legal for more than 3 months now. Woohooo! That was special because I got to see Hermanas Bucknum and Brasga from my group leaving the CCM.
A little about our investigators: Ara is a teenager who was introduced to us by a member of another ward and has attended church two times; we hope that she will be baptized on May 6th. Julio Cesar is a man in his 30s, who was introduced to us by a less active member who wants to come back to church. He has also attended church twice and feels God’s love for him really strongly in our lessons and is reading the Book of Mormon and we hope will be baptized also on May 6th. Marco is a man in his 50s who was contacted by misionaros mutiple times before, but they never came back 😦 When we actually showed up to our appointment, he was very happy. He feels something urging him to read the Book of Mormon and really wants to change and repent. His baptism will hopefully be May 13th and he has attended church twice as well. Mayumi is a teenager as well. Her family lives in Japan and she is now living with a grandma-aged member. She struggles with what to me seems to be an expressive or receptive language disorder, so we explain slowly and repetitively. She wants to be baptized and has asked permission from her mom in Japan by voice over. We are waiting for a response but she has a baptism date of May 13th. Olga (esposa investigador – investigating wife), Angelo (menos activo esposo – less-active husband), y Fabri (hijo invstigador – investigating son) are miracles – a family that Hermana Salguero taught in her very first area 1.5 years ago in Santa Luz Mila, not knowing that they had passed the area limits. It turns out that they were never baptized, but pray as a family and individually EVERY DAY, and now are again reading the Book of Mormon too. Olga and Oscar are the parents of two converts in our ward – wow, their faith is incredible. We’re praying for help that Oscar’s ex-wife can sign the divorce papers and then Olga and Oscar can be married and baptized. They have many economic problems but also a lot of humility.
One day we were walking down the street and heard “Hermanas!” We turned around to meet a less active member who asked us to visit his family. It took us many days to meet up with him again, but when we did, we met his lovely wife and two sons. His son, Raylan, is 6 years old, has a huge smile, loves to talk, and has cerebral palsy. His mom lifted him out of his wheelchair to sit next to us on the couch, and then Raylan asked to say the opening prayer. He said “Amado Padre Celestial” (“Our Dear Heavenly Father”) in his cute little voice and I started to cry. His prayer was the most perfect, sincere, happy prayer I’ve heard and they haven’t even been to church in years! I’m so grateful to have been able to soak in a little bit of his light that night and learn more about what really matters. We can be a light no matter what is going on around us or in our bodies. Our spirits can shine.
I share these stories in the hope that each one of you can remember the goodness of God and think a little bit about the state of your conversion to God. It’s a life-long journey of constantly strengthening our faith.
“Conversion” in the Bible Dictionary: Denotes changing one’s views, in a conscious acceptance of the will of God (Acts 3:19). If followed by continued faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism in water for the remission of sins, and the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, conversion will become complete and will change a natural man into a sanctified, born again, purified person—a new creature in Christ Jesus (see 2 Cor. 5:17). Complete conversion comes after many trials and much testing (see Luke 22:32; D&C 112:12–13). To labor for the conversion of one’s self and others is a noble task, as in Ps. 51:13; Dan. 12:3; James 5:19–20; Alma 26; D&C 18:15–16.
Hermana Salguero’s birthday was on April 22!
Hermana Salguero y yo vamos al templo el 3 de mayo!!! Wooohooo! Amo el templo. Si no ha ido recien, vaya, por favor! Esperamos que Miriam y Randhi puedan ir con nosotras despues de su bautismo. (Sister Salguero and I are going to the temple on May 3rd! Wooohooo! I love the temple. If you haven’t gone recently, please go! We hope that Miriam and Randhi can go with us after their baptism.)
Mosiah 5:1-5 can be found at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/5.2?lang=eng