This last week went really well, we were able to get some good things done. Reginaldo is still going to church every week and we are still visiting him constantly to be able to help him. He had had problems with the law of chastity but now has been keeping the law of chastity for a couple weeks. We also found out that with the anxiety that he has been feeling, he smokes. He has smoked on and off for a lot of his life but the last few weeks it has been a little bit more than normal. He still wants to get baptized but still needs a little bit more help. I hope that I am still here when he gets baptized but if not, that's ok.
His sister, Liseth, is still doing great. She has been very happy ever since her baptism. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and also the pamphlet for the preparation to enter the temple.
The Chang family is doing great, still active and awesome. They actually asked us when they could invite non-members to their house to be able to have home evening for Light the World. They are very simple people but super special.
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, the year has gone so fast. I hope that everybody with their different activities can have a fun time but also be safe while traveling. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is not really a thing here. Although I might have to make some mashed potatoes and just imagine all of the other good stuff that you guys will be enjoying tomorrow. ;)
Remember how last week I told you a little about Aida and her three little kids? Well she came to church on Sunday. During ward counsel we talked a little about her and explained the situation about how, even though she can find work, they do not accept her because of her three kids who would have to be with her. We were just thinking that somebody in the ward would be able to help watch after her kids but the reaction from the ward counsel was amazing. People started saying that they knew somebody who needs somebody to clean the house, or watch after their kids. Somebody else said that they have a connection with a little daycare thing. Others said they have food, clothes, milk for the baby, that they could give her. Even to the point that people wanted to be able to pay for a small room where she can live for the next couple of months while she gets her feet back under her. This morning she was able to move into her new place with some food, two beds and clothes for her kids. I was surprised to see the reaction of the ward. Seeing the loving selfless reaction reminded me of the scripture in Matthew 25 that says,
42 "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."
This time of year is so special; it's a great time to be able to remember the birth of the Savior for the whole world. With the program Light the World, there is lots of work to do. This year the church produced an interesting video called, "The Christ Child" that is about 18 minutes long that shows the whole story of the birth of Christ. I invite you all to take time tonight to watch it. I have watched it about 8 times just in the last week, and every time that I watch it I hear things that were not spoken. Taking time to reflect on the birth of the Savior is a great tool that we have to be able to strengthen our testimony in Him.
I love you all so much, before too long we will be all together again. I don't know if we will all sleep in the same room of the 24th or not, but it would be kinda fun. I am aware that my time is coming down to the wire and I feel very content. I was tempted to not say anything about this but I thought it worth letting you all know that I love the missionary work and Guatemala, and I know that I am going to miss it like crazy. But as it says in 2 Timothy 4:7 (I am going to change the words a little bit:)) I am fighting the good fight, I am close to finishing the course, I am keeping my faith.
Love, your brother and son,