Now it actually has been a little while since I have written home. This last week and a half or so have been really good week and a half.
First things first, the zone conference this last Wednesday. The guest of honor was Elder Uceda from the Seventy. He has a lot of time to speak to us and we received a lot of different information and invitations, among the ones that I like the most is, “Talk less and do more with your investigators” and a promise that we received was that, “if we work with new members and less active families for references we will see the number of baptisms in the mission double.” To me that feels like a really steep promise but I also have the faith that it can happen.
This last Thursday was the birthday of Rosa, the mom of Dennis, so Thursday morning Elder Barczi and I bought a gift and took it to her, she was so happy that we remembered her. Later that day we ran into Brother Rafael, who is the grandpa of Dennis. He said how much it meant to him that we had the love enough do something like that, and that all day she had been telling people that we brought her a gift.
We had a miracle in Porvenir this last week! We were in the house of Dennis, and we were talking with Rafael. In the photos I sent of the baptism he is the old one… No dad you are not old! :) In the middle of talking he said, I have a question for you two. Ok, He then asked what are the requirements for somebody to get baptized in you church. What! So we told literally what is required. Then he asked why we thought he was asking, so we told him that we thought it was because he wanted to listen more and be baptized. He responded that he really wants to learn more and work towards baptism. He has years of attending the same church, and so it is quite a big deal that he is ready to change to the true church.
Matthew 28: 19 says, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing then in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The original word in Greek for teach means disciple. So all people are called to first be disciples of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a follower who is trying to be like the Master. Baptizing is a byproduct of being disciples. When we study the scriptures we can focus our studies in the life of Christ, because it is almost impossible to be like somebody that we do not know.
I love you all so much, I hope you all of a great week.
Love your brother and son,
P.S. Elder Marks got into action about this house situation and we are changing houses today! :) I will send a quick video of the new house next week.