Hi everyone, hope all is well! Life here in Tuxpan is getting really hot. We are starting to sweat ... a lot ... cursed humidity. But I'm surviving just fine, my companion as well!
This week was filled with ups and downs just like a rollercoaster and it was mainly focused on finding new people to teach. The people we did have in teaching weren't progressing and as a missionary we have to find the people who will progress by keeping their commitments (reading, praying, going to chuch, etc). My companion and I got really frustrated because well we were finding people but none of them wanted to go to church, so we just came to the point where we just didn't know where to look.
I talked to my Mission President about it in interviews and the advice he gave me has changed the way we work. He said "often we don't see the hand of the Lord in our lives until we have reached our extremities." Meaning that the Lord often wants us to show our diligence and obedience to Him even up to 110% and that's when we will start seeing the results and the fruits of our labors. Well my companion and I found ourselves at our extremities because it seemed like we had tried everything and looked every where with no luck.
So in our much need, maybe even desperation, we knelt down and offered a humble prayer to God and ask Him to guide us to these people that we knew were waiting to be found. A couple minutes after the prayer my companion and I had the same impression, to go visit a house that was actually only 3 blocks away from our house.
We went straight away and thats when we found Guadalupe. He was outside cleaning his yard and we contacted him and well he let us in and thats when he had told us that he was had just left his former christian church and has been looking and praying to find the true church of God! Well that's exactly what every missionary loves to hear. Hahaha and we responded we could definitely help him do that! We taught him the restoration of the gospel, that Christ's original church had been lost for many years but has been restored by a living prophet and that evidence of this can be found in a a sacred book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. When we got done teaching him that his face started to change and illuminate with the light of Christ! It was an amazing and powerful spiritual experience! We gave him a Book a Mormon and he started reading it before we left his house! That experience truly strengthened my testimony that this is the lord work and the message we bring truly changes and blesses lives!
The Lord in the end blessed us just as we were about to give up all hope, because He wanted us to go a little bit further, and keep pushing a just a bit more to reach new height and to humble us to new lows. I invite you all to do the same, to try harder, keep pushing, especially when we are on the verge of giving up. Put your trust in Him always, keep confident in the fact that all things that we pass through on this earth are for our good and experience.
I love you all so much and I love the Savior and His gospel! You're are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and He has not sent here to fail, but to succeed in everlasting glory! Take care!
PS I ate a coconut for the first time this week, it was a weird experience..
PPS This is me at a ward activity. I kind of stick out.