It's been a good week, especially for opening up a new zone. We have some great district leaders in our zone who have such a great vision for their districts. We got together with them and set a vision of what we believe we can accomplish for the rest of the year. We kneeled together in humble prayer for the assistance of the Lord. We know that we can really accomplish great things this transfer and for the rest of the year. Things have already boomed. So Elder Prieto and I are super stoked.
We had a great miracle yesterday. We have been teaching Clara Ramoz still. We had this very powerful lesson with her on Thursday. We went in with a couple that has been coming with us to visit her. We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We taught her up to baptism. As we were teaching her about repentance and the steps to repentance she expressed to us how she is seeing the fruits of repentance in her life right now. She was telling us that she has been doing things that she has never done in her life before. She is reading from the scriptures. She is praying every day. She is going to church every Sunday. She was telling us that she has been feeling more peace then she has in a very long time. She is more peaceful with her family. She asked her son for forgiveness after they had gotten into an argument. She told us that was completely out of her nature. I got the best feeling in the world. I really felt a feeling similar to Ammon did as he expressed in Alma 26. I realized that I was being an instrument in the hands of the Lord. I was helping someone change their life for the better. That is the best feeling as a missionary. Anyway, we invited her to be baptized once more. She told us that she is thinking about going back to Mexico in December to get away from her family problems she is having here. We testified to her that being baptized would bring more blessings to her and her family than she could even imagine. We decided to fast together that she might know when she needs to be baptized and that the heart of her husband may be softened. We came by Sunday morning right before church and she told us that she was getting ready and that she knew that we were coming. She said "Dios me dijo que iban a venir" She told us she wasn’t' going to be able to make it to church cause she had to take care of her two grandkids. We told her to bring them. She said that she wouldn't be able to concentrate. We told her it would be fine and there would be people to help her. We were kind of bummed. During sacrament meeting she came in with her grandkids and sat down! It was so awesome. She is really putting in her effort to receive those blessings. We hope she will get baptized soon. I think she wants to. Now we got to work on the when. I know the Lord will help us out then.
We also have Jorge and Ana. Ana is a member of the church who hasn't been to church in about six years. They have two daughters. One is nine years old and the other is seven. We have been working with Jorge and trying to help him gain a divine testimony of the Book of Mormon. They have been reading and praying together. Which is awesome. They are seeing the blessings of it too. We are trying to get them to church. Ana is going to be key in getting this family into the gospel if she can get back to church her family will follow. We are going to really work hard on getting her there. As well as help Jorge accept a date to be baptized. He is so close to accepting one as well. They are a young family and are so ready to have the gospel in their lives. We hope and pray that we can help them get to church. Pray for them please!
We are really seeing good things here. I love this work. I know that this is the work of the Lord. I love it so much. I love you all. Thank you so much for the support. I pray that Heavenly Father pours out all His blessings among you. Love you all
Elder Dallin M. Ollerton