(Looking at a new big-screeen TV)..."Hey, imagine Monday Night Football!!!"..."No, imagine General Conference...ya!!!" A quote from The Singles Ward for those of you who are not aware. I tried explaining the scene to my companion from El Salvador, but it just "doesn´t translate" culturally and he didn´t truly understand the joke. Oh well. The beat goes on.
Decent week here in Ocotillo. No one else has died, yet, thankfully. Kind of a so-so work week because a lot of our citas were falling and contacting wasn´t very productive. Despite this, however, one of our investigators from a part member family came to church on Sunday and a couple sessions to General Conference which makes his second and third asistencia, or in other words, he has an opportunity to be baptized this upcoming Saturday. His name is M, he is 9 and his mother has been so-so in the church the past 3 months but has started to come back. His brother J is 11 (already baptized) and his sister G is 7 (plan is to get baptized in April) and they are super animado and pilas. They came to conference on Sunday by themsleves because their mom was sick and couldn´t make the 15 minute walk to the church. We´ll see how it goes.
Our recent converts from the wedding, E and D, are super pilas. E is getting ready to get the priesthood this upcoming Sunday. It´s kind of tricky because we still don´t have a new bishop (probably will be called this Sunday) but we´ll see what we can do. E asked about Family History work because he´s been having a lot of dreams lately where he sees written "historia familiar" on whiteboards. We gave him a "Mi Familia" foletto and he is excited to start the temple work for his ancestors.
A week ago, we visited the Familia V (part-member...we baptized G, 21, in July) where we saw the mother, not a member, really really upset. Her chancho, aka pig, had somehow gotten loose and wandered off. We taught a lesson about prayer and finished with a prayer that the pig would come back. And it did! She was really happy...we´ll see if it increases her faith unto repentance and baptism in the only true church of Jesus Christ.
Conference was pretty good. I really wanted to go to the Stake Center to watch it in English, but we ultimately stayed here in Ocotillo and watched it in Spanish. Richard G. Scott did his own translation in Spanish and we of course watched the talks in native Spanish. Interesting the new language change. The internet was really slow so it would stop and buffer sometimes, but it was good except for Sunday afternoon. We didn´t get to listen to the talks from Ballard and Bednar...but we´ve got the Liahona. I liked how they mentioned "Gifted Hands"...what a great film. I thought it was really interesting how many talks were about receiving or strengthening a personal testimony of the Restoration and how we need to follow the prophet. Something we all need to do, whether it´s receiving or strengthening. My favorite part of conference was when the choir sang "How Firm a Foundation" the 3rd verse:
I don´t know why, but I felt the spirit super strongly. It´s always good to know the the Lord is with us and that we should not fear.
Well, this will probably be my last week here in Ocotillo. Changes are the 15th of October. But until then, I´m here working with investigators and strengthening our recent converts.
Ocotillo, El Carmen, SPS 9/30/14 - 10/6/14