This week was a good hard week! I love it! We have changed up our focus and are sticking to our little city which the church is in, instead of travelling to the towns that surround our little city. We have seen lots of success in the outer towns but we are seeing that it is really hard for them to get to church. So we are sticking here in Alcazar. It has been hard because we started the week with nothing! 1 investigator in the whole town and a few futures and antiguos. But it has been good!
Here are a few miracles! :)
In the beginning of the week we were going to an old investigator and they weren´t home. But we saw this lady turn the corner of the building out of sight. We walked after her, turned the corner and called out to her. She gave us her information and we went to her house but they were in the process of moving and weren´t home. So we talked to the neighbor who knew where the new house was. So we went down the street and knocked on the new house. A young man answered the door and it just so happens that he is on a few days of vacation and he is golden!! So from an antiguo, to a future, to talking to a neighbor, to finding the son in another house was quite the miracle :) We taught him twice this week and he is preparing for baptism!!
We also found some gold mines. or southyvilles. They are little neighborhoods or stores that are just full of south americans and they are super humble and prepared people to recieve the gospel! (It isn´t racist, God even says they are a prepared people haha.)
Other than that though, we know it is just going to take a lot of work for a few weeks before the area is built up and we see alot of fruits. So that is the game plan right now. Just work hard and be patient!
This week I have been studying in Acts in the Bible and it is amazing how the apostles are so diligent! It is rediculous. They go to one town and are accepted by some and then rejected by the rest, go to another town and many accept them and the rest kick them out of the city! They are cast into prisons and Paul is like my hero! He was stoned to death.... but then came back to life and kept preaching!! That is some strength man haha. It is rediculous. But I love what the lord says about Paul, "for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
What have we been chosen to do? God has called and chosen us to do many things but what have WE chosen? We have chosen to take the name of Christ upon us and Christ will show us "how great things we must [do] for [His] name´s sake." This is the Gospel of christ and is a gospel of Sacrifice. Christ is our perfect example and has shown us quite well how to sacrifice. We are called upon to sacrifice our time, our talents, and strengths to serve and love. We have callings, we have duties and they should be considered sacred. God has called us to do His work. We have chosen this by accepting Christ to be baptized, and by doing so we are accepted as His Chosen people. Chosen to do His will.
I love being a missionary and I am really excited that I am now an Uncle ;)
I know the importance of this life and our decisions we make are crucial.
Love Elder Powell