Well, this week we had some adventures, going out to Ixcuinquitlapilco and teaching Roque with his uncle who was so drunk. We had a good time talking to him, and had to use a lot of patience, but I definitely love that guy. I hope he will someday come to church with Roque. Poor Roque can't get baptized for a little while because he has some personal problems. However, he said that the girl he is dating wants to meet us and learn about the church.
We are having a great time teaching Mariana also. She is so motivated to go to the temple, and goes to every church activity, sometimes she is there more than the 'active members". As soon as we can get her (almost) husband's papers ready, we will get them married and her baptized. her suegros (parents-in-law) are really supportive. They are coming back to church and becoming active again, hopefully they continue on that path.
We helped a lady in our branch get reactivated this week! We found her knocking doors and the Lord told Elder Hille to go to a different house, so we went, not knowing anyone lived there from the church. She has two daughters who are jimilas (twins) and are 15, Noemi and Magali, a son who is 4ish, Gustavo, and a little daughter, Mayrenne. Oh, and her name is Adriana. Her husband died a few years ago, and she kind of felt overwhelmed and went inactive. We helped her to get her garden into shape and we taught her and helped her to feel the spirit again. She offered a wonderful closing prayer at one of our visits, and thanked Heavenly Father for sending "angels" to help her get back on the right path. Lots and lots of missionaries have gone there to visit her with no success, but she came to church! We were sooooooooooo happy and the rama (branch) was thrilled to see her there again. Please keep them in your prayers.
This week will be a busy week of finding more people (we always have trouble with that) and getting them to come to church. I hope we will be able to do that!! I love you all and am so thankful for all your support!
I was unable to post last week, so the following is Iver's letter from last Monday...great things have happened since then, as you have just read!
On October 17, 2011 Elder Johnson wrote:
Friends and Family:
Well, this week was good. We were not able to get anyone to go to church (not one!) but please continue to pray for our investigators, they really reALLY REALLY benefit from your prayers there at home. We have been struggling to find new people to teach, but yesterday we had a miracle!!! We went to visit an investigator (her name is Mariana) she told us two weeks ago that she was NOT going to get baptized because she did not want to get married. When we were in her house she told us "we have been talking a lot and, we want to get married so I can be baptized." We had a family home evening with the branch I am in, and our relief society president talked about eternal marriage, and how we can be together as a family forever through going to the temple.
Espero que puedo ayudarla a tomar la decision a ser bautizado. Seria muy bueno.
Les quiero mucho!