Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12/21 Feliz Navidad!

Buenos dias familia! 
So, this was kind of a weird week. We did divisions with one of district leaders here in Moquegua this week, and it seemed to go pretty well. I went with Elder Haas, and it turns out we both went to BYU at the same time, so we spent a good chunk of time that night trying to find out if we know any of the same people-- we don’t. Also, speaking of BYU, why did NOBODY bother to tell me that BYU and Utah were playing in a bowl game?! Oh well, Utah won so it doesn’t matter anyways, but c´mon people! Anyways, I digress. The divisions went well i guess is the moral of the story here. 
Things are still slow in our area. We are teaching a lot of lessons, but the investigators we have just aren’t progressing very well. We did find a few new investigators this week that we feel like could progress. Still, its been a little frustrating. In spite of that, I feel like we are working as hard as we can and that the Lord is happy with out work and will bless us with more success here in the future. The zone is doing well, so we are happy. 
I had a cool experience yesterday doing a baptismal interview. The sister was unsure if she really wanted to be baptized or not. She kept saying that she wanted to resolve all of her problems before being baptized, that she needed to be perfect to do it, and that she felt like she hadn’t received her answer yet. I read her a bunch of scriptures, testified to her that she was ready and that her desire to follow Christ was the most important thing, and then helped her see all the evidences of the answer she was receiving. She still said no, but said she would pray and think about it. Later that night, we got a call from the missionaries who had been teaching her. She had called them crying and told them that she had done what I told her to do (pray and ponder) and that she felt that really had received her answer and that she was going to go through with her baptism. It was a real testimony to me that the gospel is true and that the Lord gives answers to prayers!

Well, Merry Christmas to all, talk to you guys on Friday!

Elder Matheson

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