Sunday, July 19, 2015

Making Righteous Choices brings Happiness

Letter #97
July 5, 2015
Area: Baytown
Companion: Hepworth

Hey guys,

This last week was a little difficult, but we pushed through and tried to make the best of it. We sadly weren't able to meet with many of our investigators until Wednesday evening or Thursday. Andrea and Ulises weren't available because they went to Mexico for vacation until the 11th, Mario was busy with work and we were continually trying to get in with him, and Hermana Galvez usually has us come over on Wednesday, but she wasn't going to be available. We still saw many miracles regardless of the fact that we had those struggles. 

Instead of doing the normal Hour of Power and just knocking, we had the feeling that we needed to visit Mario, so we said a prayer went up and knocked the door, no answer, we knocked again, no answer, and again, no answer. We started walking back to the car to go to the place where we originally determined as our Hour of Power spot for last week, but then he opened the door and called out to us. We had a really amazing lesson with Mario in which he confirmed the baptismal date for July 25th. We expressed the importance of him coming to church and reading and praying, and he decided that he was going to make church a priority. We were then able to get in with him on Saturday and speak with him about church and read with him because he sadly didn't read, but we definitely saw a difference in him after that lesson during the Hour of Power. He sadly got called into work on Sunday, but he called us in the morning saying that we could come over today (Monday). We have plans to finally get a member over with us, which has been nearly impossible due to our inability to set up appointments with Mario.

We also saw some incredible progress with an 18 year old less active that we have been working with, Ricardo, and he finally came back to church! Last week we felt like we needed to give him a copy of Preach My Gospel to help him study the scriptures better, which we did, but sadly he hasn't studied. We can't really blame him though, his mom took away his glasses with the hope that it would prevent him going out and getting into bad things, which ironically, has prevented him from doing the good things instead...oh well. We met with him a few times and he got his siblings to go to Mutual this week, then he came to church and we were able to convince him to go into the youth class instead of Gospel Principles, so he would actually learn something that we weren't already teaching him. We talked with him after church and he suddenly got his fire back! He is really excited for everything again.  He just needs to realize that the excitement he feels is because of the spirit that can finally dwell with him.   I am super excited for him!

We have seen progress in some other people as well, but it has just been a bit slower than with Mario, Hermana Galvez, Ricardo, and Andrea and Ulises. We also saw a ton of finding miracles over the weekend, we were surprised by how nice people were on July 4th.  They were all willing to talk a little, but they were almost all busy preparing for family gatherings and wouldn't sit down and talk. We were however able to set up quite a few appointments for this week to teach all of these people.

I love you,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye

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