February 2, 1015
Area: Trinity River
This week went very well, though there definitely were a few stumbling blocks, but we were able to work past them to help the people in our area. We were extremely excited when we went to church to see the Calte family at church all together, as well as Ephraim actually making it to church, same with Hermano Xolot, and the Noyola family, and that wasn't the end of it. What made us overjoyed was the fact that the Chavez family made it to 2 of the hours rather than just 1. We were able to talk with them after the meetings and set plans for them going to the court with a member to get their marriage license papers all filled out so they will be able to get married on Friday, as well as put together the baptismal program.
This week we made progress with almost everyone we were able to meet with! We visited Ephraim and found out why he wasn't doing the things he should be doing, and helping him know the "why" behind them. We also helped him know that by doing these things, he will be able to feel the spirit and feel what he felt when he was baptized. That ended with me telling him about one of my favorite Book of Mormon stories, the 2000 stripling warriors, and leaving it with him so he would read it. We were able to get him a ride to church and help him progress towards his return to church. We were also able to help Carlos, who goes to church each week, but isn't a member, resolve his problem with the Book of Mormon and express his other concern about church. The daughters of Hermana Noyola, who aren't members, progressed a lot this week, they finally went to young women's and had a great lesson! We found out that they had real intent, a sincere heart, and faith in Christ, which are all the things necessary to receive an answer about the truth of these things. They just didn't understand those first few steps from what we teach, so now they'll progress quite soon.
I love you guys,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye