so the past few days have been the first lil bit of juuust spanish work. and its amazing. i love it.
GOOD NEWS. 13 of february. our little David Castro is getting baptized. he is so excited and we are so excited!
With the new change of just spanish work, us and the elders in the branch have made several plans to build up our lil Mesa branch. One being- family home evenings. So every week, we choose a family and the elders choose a family, and then we both go and have family home evenings with them. So this past week sister cole and i asked the Castro family if we could do it with them. We had a lesson on prayer and it was so good. The whole family was involved, INCLUDING, the mom. which is super rare…so that was a tender mercy for sure. We felt that it was the perfect thing to get the family to just feel comfortable with us..and excited about the gospel. We know that David is dying to get baptized, but we want to make sure their family doesnt just drop off the face of the planet after the baptism.
So there was lots of prayers for the Castro family this week..i love that family so much. Yeah we are excited for David to be baptized, but above all we want that family to be eternal…and active in the church. So Sunday rolls around and guess what…the ENTIRE family walks into the chapel. ALICIA INCLUDED (the mom) so yes. alicia. reuben. sonya. reuben jr, and david. once again, pure joy. The mom hasnt come to church in foreverrrrrrrr. even the past couple weeks that her husband has come with the kids, she’s stayed at home..we dont know what was up, but she was there this week, and it was the greatest sight ever. We also found out that Hermano Castro was interviewed during sunday school by the branch president. He told him that he wants to baptize his son and that he wants to advance in the priesthood and go to the temple with his family. He is on FIRE. the church is true.
Later this week we had another family home evening, but this time with the Vega family! (the nonmembers from el salvador) Our amazing branch mission leader jesus, has taken that family under his wing and he’s not lettin go. he’s the sweetest. We went over there and made dinner for them (as in we, i mean hermano jesus..cole and i are too white to cook hispanic food), played a game, and then shared a message with them. They were smilin, laughin, and asking super good gospel questions. it was so awesome. Its such a privilege to see a family with so little be so happy. theyre examples to me.
I think ive probably said this before, but probably my favorite part of being a missionary is that as representatives of Jesus Christ, we get to see just the tiniest glimpse of the Savior’s love for everyone on this earth. everyone is sooo important to Him. Its sad to say that it took going on a mission for me to realize that, but im grateful for the joy that that knowledge has brought me.
LOVE YOU ALL. thanks for all the love and prayers. share that gospel. its good stuff