Well, this week was a really great one!This week, we had a mission fast... our baptismal goal as a mission is 100 for May, and so we all fasted for that goal. It was really crazy, because those 24 hours were filled with super spiritual moments for me, and a miracle! We had interviews with President Stellmon during that time, and it was great. I love interviews with President! He always makes us feel better. The assistants gave a training meeting about using time wisely, and they gave us lots of good ideas with lots of good quotes. That is one thing that I have learned how to do in the mission - orgainize my time better. But really, it's something that's so necessary because every moment is so important, especially as a missionary. The miracles was that...we found a new investigator! We've been going through a little drought with investigators...but we found someone new and she's really great! Her name is Isabela, and has a LOT of questions. But we have a lot of faith in her! Nancy and her family are doing pretty great! Irving will probably be baptized this next week, and Mateo and Nancy are working on getting married so that she can get baptized too!
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" -Isaiah 58:6
This week... 12 less-actives came to church!!! We were so excited!! A lot of them are progressing so much! One hermana, Luci (20 years old), is super shy and hardly doesn't let anyone into her life....aaaand hadn't been to church in about 3 years. Well, we've been visiting her about 3 or 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks, and now, we're like her best friends! At first, she didn't talk to us, look at us and never answered our quesitons. But now, she makes us a dessert every time we go and talks to us about everything! We think she just needed someone to keep trying and let her know that they really do care.
This week, in preparation for a mission conference that we'll be having in a few weeks, President Stellmon asked us to read "The Greatest Generation of Youth" by Elder Ballard. I think he gave this talk during the Priesthood session of April conference. It's a really awesome talk, and his testimony of the Atonement was great, so I'm going to put it in here:
Remember that our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, know you best and love you the most.
Through the Atonement, the Redeemer took upon Himself our troubles, pains, and sins. The Savior of the world came to understand each of us individually by experiencing our dashed hopes, challenges, and tragedies through His suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross.5 He died as one final act of love for us and was buried in a new tomb on that fateful night.
On Sunday morning, Jesus rose from the dead—promising new life for each of us.
I've been reading "Jesus the Christ" almost every night before bed, and I've just finished the chapter that talks about Christ's resurrection. Reading that talk by Elder Ballard and "Jesus the Christ" went hand in hand, letting me know that really, we all have the promise of "new life". We can all start today a new spiritual life, and we will all be blessed with a new physical life after this one. I know that to be true, and I'm thankful for a loving Father who has given me that knowledge and the power to change.