Monday, April 3, 2017

We Are Finding Gold

Opazo & Layton
Wow, every week seems to get better and better now here in Colon! Elder Opazo is a real stud and we are like brothers. It has been a lot of fun.

First off, last Monday, when we finished writing, and were heading to the house, someone stopped us the street. Her name is [...] and she said she moved here from Buenos Aires a couple of weeks ago, but didnt know where the church was. So we got talking to her and is turns out she was a less active member, and had started going to church again just before she left Buenos Aires. Also she has two daughters, 7, and 9 named [...] and [...]. [...], the 9 year old isn't baptized and wanted to be baptized here since they had just came back to the church! So we have started teaching her, and she should hopefully get baptized this change!

[...] and [...], our new investigators from last week are doing soooooo awesome! We went on Saturday, and taught the restoration to [...], but [...] wasn't there, so we came back the next day and taught it again, this time to the both of them. And I don't have any doubt they are going to progress. They are super interested and a lot of really great questions. In fact, on Saturday, the lesson just with [...], he asked us if he needed to baptize his kids, who are all younger than 5. He said some friends had given him a rough time that he hadn't baptized them yet, but he said he felt it needed to be their decision, when they could really choose. And that set up for a perfect discussion about the great apostasy and Moroni 8, and the needed Priesthood authority! It went really great and at the end [...] said he would be baptized if he prayed and felt it was true! On the next day, with the both of them, we had the best lesson ever, and this time talked more about the Book of Mormon. The Spirit was so strong, and they were having light bulbs going off in their heads. And I have never seen someone so eager and excited as Luciana to read the Book of Mormon! Anyways, in the next lesson, we are planning to give them a baptismal date to work towards. The main task with [...], is I am pretty sure he is going to work on a ship at the end of this month. He apparently works on sea for 6 months and then stays at home for 6 months, but we are going to start meeting with them a lot more. They are seriously golden.

We found another totally golden investigator on Friday named [...]. A couple of her kids were contacts that Elder Raimundo and I had made and we found them this week. They let us in and the mom, [...] decided to listen to us too. She has listened to quite a few different religions, and has heard a lot about ´the mormons´ from her neighbors, but didnt really know too much. In fact she was pleasantly surprised when she learned we believe in Christ. Haha, I kinda wonder what things go around the communities about us :) Anyways, she really understood the message of the restoration, and had a lot of questions concerning our beliefs, but she too was super attentive and interested. After she gave the closing prayer, she asked us, ´Sooooo, when can you guys come back?´ Haha, so awesome!! Man, I just feel like the Lord is really blessing us with people who he has prepared to hear this message!

Something else funny that has happened this week, is about an older lady named [...], who we taught a couple of times before, but she isn't too interested in our message. But anyways, we have run into her a few times this week, and she always has something to give us haha. One time was a pie she had just bought as she was walking out of a bakery, another time a couple bags of these super good chips, and the last time as we were passing by her house, she stopped us and gave us each a super nice cologne hahaha. Totally awesome!

We had a fun service project with familia Cacosso this week. I had no idea they were so wild, but in their backyard they had a ton of pumpkin plants. And these things were crazy! They were growing everywhere, and some of them even made it all the way to the top of their roof and were all tangled up in the gutters. So we got to remove them all :) It was actually really cool, and a fun service project.

Conference was amazing! Man, seriously the best time of year. I had a couple that really stuck out to me in the Priesthood session, but I also really enjoyed Elder Renlund´s talk about the difference between the sinner and the sin, and how we can develop more love for others. Man, I learned a ton in these past two days, and I could go off, but we've got to go haha. Anyways, I have a testimony these people are truly called of God! I love this work and it is so great to be a missionary!!

Elder Layton

P.S. Thanks to sister Gainey and the beehives for the great package! :) Loved it haha

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