January 5, 2015
Area: Trinity River
This week had some ups and downs like many weeks do, but we felt so blessed with what we were able to do. We visited with the Chavez family a couple of times this week, and they are doing well. President and Sister Escobar were going to come with us both times we visited, but they couldn't make it the second time. We slowed, and backed up, our teaching instruction with them instead of pushing for a marriage and baptism. We felt that we were losing focus on the small things that are of more importance to the Chavez family--those things that will allow them to love and live the gospel for a good long time.. We refocused them on reading the scriptures (from the Book of Mormon), praying, and going to church because we were wondering why we weren't seeing progression. What we noticed was that those things were starting to slip. Ernesto mentioned that he had recently started to read the Book of Mormon and he was loving it! Francisca had been focusing on the Bible mainly, but we lovingly told her that the thing that will help her most, at this time, would be reading the Book of Mormon. She sweetly committed to read daily from the Book of Mormon.
This week we were able to also get in contact with a lot more of the less-active members Many of them had been on vacation. Some of the families we visited have been feeling the desire and need to return to the church, and we are excited to be able to work with them in doing that. One family, the Garcia's, want to come back to church and get their children baptized because they want their children to grow up firm in their beliefs.
It is incredibly hard to believe that it is already 2015, but it is harder to believe that before the end of this year, I will be home and in college and stuff...I think I might ask for an extension for the rest of my life. ;D
I love you guys,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye