Good week here in Cofradía. As always, there are challenges, but the beat goes on...
On Tuesday for the Zone Meeting, we set a zone goal in order to find more hombres, and therefore, help the church truly go as we baptize them and help them receive the Aaronic and Melquisedec Priesthood. Out of the 10 new investigators, we put the meta to find 5 hombres. With the help of the Lord, we were able to find 5 hombres to set the example.
We had a lot of success setting baptismal dates this week. We put fechas with the familia P, familia M, familia N and almost the familia E but they weren´t ready to accept it yet because they have appointments with testigos de Jehová. Unfortunately, none of them came to church. Bummer.
Had some good experiences offering service. First with the familia Cin Gracias a Dios. They used to go to church every6-8 months ago but got discouraged when the wife found out she has problems with her records in order to get the necessary papers for marriage. They are pretty poor as well. We got to the house around . We decided to offer them service and cook them dinner. They were only going to have tortillas and beans so we decided to go to the pulpería and buy 6 eggs for the family of 6. We cooked dinner, they ate, and after we taught them about the Doctrine of Christ and eternal marriages. We challenged them to baptism as a family and they accepted. , the whole family wasn´t able to go, but the father Angel (cabeza de la familia) did come to church. There is a lot of work to go, a lot of encouraging and teaching, and I probably won´t see them get baptized, but I can´t wait to here later down the line when they make the decisions to repent and make covenants with our Heavenly Father.
After a fallen cita, we had another experience. We walked past an old man with a sack and a machete resting in the shade. We said hello and then as we walked past he called for us and we started to talk with him. It was apparent when we began to talk that he was a littly tipsy (there are a LOT of old drunks on the streets). We were listening to him and it was apparent that he was not going to be a potential "nuevo investigador" and we were simply "wasting time" but as we looked into his depressed eyes, we decided to share a scripute.We shared 1 Nefi 21:15-16 and taught that the Lord always remembered him. We squated down and offered a prayer, well, actually he offered the prayer and started crying. After the prayer, we asked if there was anything else and you could just tell he was hungry and destitute so we went to the pulpería close buy and bought the following: cemitas (8 Lempiras), 2 bags of water o sea 1000 mL (4 Lempiras) and a heart sucker (1 Lempira). We put it in a bag and gave it to him. He was very grateful even though he was a little tipsy and out of it. 13 Lempiras is roughly 60 cents but he was filled. As we were buying from the pulpería, a scripture came to mind.
I felt the spirit strongly. This man, at his age, is truly one of the "least" in the eyes of the world, but to our Heavenly Father he is a special child with divine potential. Even though we may not be able to find him and give him what matters most (the Gospel), we at least were able to feed a hungry stomach and encourage a troubled heart.
Before I forget again, our Bishop has the coolest last name ever: Largaespada! Or in other words, he is Bishop Longsword. Awesome. We helped out in the primary this week. I was asked to dress up as Jesus and we acted out the raising of Lazarus, Jairo´s daughter, and the widow´s son from the dead. It was funny.
Anyways, have a great week! I started reading DyC one section a day until the end of my mission...I read section 25 today...you can do the math.
Cofradía 1, Zona Cofradía 8/10/15 - 8/17/15