January 27, 2015
Area: Trinity River
This week was great! We met almost every one of our goals! It is a great feeling to be able to humble ourselves and to push forward with faith. We would have met our member present goal of 5 if the members didn't have to cancel on us. We saw so much help from the Lord and the branch this week! Last week I mentioned how the branch came up with their Branch Mission Goal of 15 baptisms and they are willing to do what it takes to achieve it. We could tell this from all the help we received and from their excitement and desire for the work. In a few weeks they will have 2 of their 15 baptisms achieved because the Chavez family set a date for their marriage! They decided to get married on the 6th of February, and President Escobar and his wife are getting them the paperwork and helping them fill it out. The branch is so excited! They are already making plans for a little reception that they are going to throw for the Chavez family as well as making a cake for them! I am so happy, I don't know how to express it, I just know this family will be great! This Monday they mentioned to the Escobars', during the lesson, that they haven't met the bishop yet, so President Escobar explained that a big congregation is a ward and has a bishop, but a small one like ours is a branch and has the branch president. They responded so well! They just said, "Well, we're going to join and help it get bigger then!"
That is the biggest progress that was made this week, but we had the opportunity to teach Evangelina a couple of this this week. She had her daughters there one of the times, so we included them in the lesson, but the second time we taught it was just her and it went really well! We taught her the restoration and about the Book of Mormon, and when we shared a scripture with her, she continued reading further after reading the one we shared, and she decided to read aloud one of the scriptures. She said she really liked it, it was 2 Nephi 25:29 and it reads:
"And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out."
We really see her potential and she really desires to come to church and continue forward in the gospel because she feels that it is true. Sadly, she will be in Mexico for the next 2 weeks, but she said she would talk with her father while she is there and ask him if the missionaries can come and teach him as well, and if he says yes, we will send his information as a referral to the missionaries over there. I have no doubt that she will be baptized as well when she gets home from Mexico.
Other than our work with them, we worked with some of the less-active members, and one family actually let their nonmember daughter come to church even though they couldn't make it. We have been able to include the branch president's son, Aaron, to work with a less-active young man, Kenny. We have made some good progress. We have plans to involve Aaron in the visits whenever it is possible.
I love this area so much!
I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the 60 degree weather we are having, oh wait, that is us in Texas, well, I hope you enjoy the weather whatever it may be!
Elder Stanley Scott Dye