This week was a straight-up hardworking week. The members keep stepping up as well and have really been supporting us in this work. Almost every lesson we had this week we had a member present with us. Members really play an important role in the conversion of the investigators and the activation of the less actives. Well unfortunately Karen wasn't baptized this week. Her husband is Catholic and tells her that she can't be baptized cuz they are a Catholic family but thankfully Karen is no longer confused and very sure about her decision to be baptized. So we counseled her and she ended up having a talk with her husband. She told him that she wasn't asking him for permission. She was only asking for his love and support. Pretty powerful. So this week we are going to have to set up another date for her baptism.
Yesterday we were walking down a street in the morning on the way to pick up a priest to do some visits with him. For some reason we decided to take another path and when we were walking down this path a teenager yelled to us and called us over. He asked if we were Elders and told us that he wanted to learn more about God and the Church. He brought us to his house and found that almost everybody there were members except for him and his dad. They moved here from Lima about a year ago and didn't keep in contact with the church. We didn't have time to teach them right there but we made an appointment to go back. It was a simple decision that we made to change paths and we found a great family. I don't believe in coincidences and I know the Lord works in mysterious ways and always through his Holy Spirit. We just have to be prepared, worthy and in tune to hear it.
We also met a teen named Victor. He's a real special kid. We had our first visit with him this week as well. He told us many times that he wants to change and that often times he changes for a week and then goes back to normal cuz he's weak. It was cool seeing a person his age that really desires to be a better person and become closer to God. We tried to help him understand the atonement of Jesus Christ and explained to him that if we want a real lasting change, we can't do it alone. It can only be done through the atonement and through constant repentance and obedience.
Well I'm safe and happy in Las Brisas. It's pretty weird that I almost have a year in the mish. It's exciting but it scares me cuz I've gots lot to learn and a lot to change but I know I wont be able to do it all in the mish cuz life is a teacher as well. Well I love you all and I'm praying for you.
besitos, Elder Harper