Ok it was such an awesome week! Huge highlight, Yaneth got baptized!! It was such a great baptism. Since she had started going to an english ward with a friend in the beginning she knows a bunch of members in that ward and so a ton of them came and there was also a great turn out from members from our ward as well... and HUGE miracle, we had 9 investigators show up to the baptism! It was in a mix of spanish and english because she chose english and spanish members to speak and it was seriously so cool to see the whole room jam packed. Hermana garcia and I had asked a couple of the members from our ward to share their testimonies about the book of mormon during the time while Yaneth was changing and oh my goodness they both bore the most powerful and humble testimonies. The spirit was so strong and those that came said that their desire to read the book of mormon increased after hearing those testimonies. Yaneths family came to the baptism and said that they felt really good about the decision that Yaneth had made to be baptized!
This week we also had Elder Johnson from the 70 come to visit the mission! On wednesday we were able to go to a mission leadership council with Elder Johnson and it was incredible. He taught nothing but pure doctrine. He talked a lot about the Godhead and their purpose. He asked the question how long do you spend teaching the first principle from the first lesson? (which is God is our loving heavenly father) All of us realized that we sort of rushed right through that principle and came to the conclusion that they believe that God is our loving heavenly father so we have the same beliefs and we can move on. Elder Johnson said no.. we do not have the same beliefs as them because we believe that Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bones and that we were literally created in His image. He said that when they come to know that He truly has a body of flesh and bones that we are just like Him, that is when the gospel will make sense to them and they will more fully comprehend the other things that you will teach them. He then challenged us to pray that night and ask a few simple questions.. to ask if Heavenly Father really exists, if He really has a body of flesh and bones, if He really knows us, if He really loves us, and if we are His children. These seem to be simple questions but they truly bring a deeper understanding of who we are and why we are here and what the role is of our Heavenly Father. I prayed that night and had a truly sacred experience as I conversed with my Father in Heaven. I know that He loves us. I received answers to each of those questions, and I know that you can too! Prayer is a powerful thing and such a huge blessing!! I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father whose only purpose is to bring to pass our eternal life. Everything He does is for us.
We are teaching some incredible people. Margarita is preparing to be baptized this saturday!!!! We are so happy for her and for her family! Her daughter is a member and told us that she has been praying since the day she got baptized that her mom would come to know the truth as well. Such a cool family. Jose is also doing great we were able to have some lessons with him this week as well. Jesus (the nephew of Rodolfo) has also been reading and praying!! The Lord is truly putting prepared people in our path :) Time is going by super fast! This week we we will be getting transfer calls!! I hope you all have a great week!! LOVE YOU!