This week has been really great! I feel like each week is starting to go by really fast here in Costa Rica. Time is flying but I love it!
This week I had a couple of really cool experiences that have taught me a lot. When Elder Alonso came he taught a lot about what kind of missionaries we should be. He spoke a lot about how we should be direct in our words, and fear nothing. We should speak clearly and with power and authority. He said that if we truly understood who we were and what we were doing as missionaries, we would change the way we teach as missionaries. Nephi testifies of the same principle in 2 Ne 32:7-
And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of theunbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and thestiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.
And just as Nephi taught in plainness, so should we. As a mission we have been working on implementing this principle into our teaching and finding. This past week, many of our street contacts were "Good afternoon, we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. God sent us here to prepare you to be baptized in the only true church upon the face of the Earth. Can we share more about this message with you?" The results are amazing! Yes, some people look at us like we are completely crazy, but at least they could see that we were sure of what we were saying. Those that let us in are those that are ready to hear about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
A couple of days ago we were walking down an little street that Elder Hoover said that they had been on several times. When we got to the end of the street we found a man who let us in with this kind of an approach. We entered and before we even said an opening prayer to start the lesson we challenged him and his brother to baptism and they both accepted. I could really see that as we work with boldness, the Lord will bless us and His work. This was just one of the experiences I had this week that helped me to grow and to know that we are helping to build the kingdom of God upon the earth.
Tomorrow morning we will be having the baptism of Jorge and David. I am super excited! Jorge turned 18 last week and he is super excited about the church. He used to have long, curly hair. One day when we passed by to visit him he had cut his hair. When we asked him why, he replied, to start getting ready to be a missionary! Uuuushhh!! David has been going through a hard time. His brother was in remission for cancer and it has come back. He has been so sad, but he is getting better every day. He, too, is excited for tomorrow.
A couple of weeks ago Elder Nielson and I found an awesome family. The mom's name is Noelia and she has three kids. She lives behind a gate down a little ally and there are tons of people in there. Well we began teaching her and she is progressing a ton. She has already come to church twice and she is in love with the Relief Society. She has a baptismal date coming up. Today is actually her sons birthday and she invited us over to come eat and spend some time with them for a bit, we are excited! She is so funny! She has started inviting her friends to church, but as she says it, "I invited my friends to the best church!"
That is about it for this week. Next week is changes week! We've got 12 news coming in so I am excited for that. Our trainers leave on Monday, then we are solo in the office.
Love you all!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía, "Usted es más Tico que el gallo pinto."
I took the picture at a park that overlooks Zapote and San Francisco.