Sunday, April 26, 2015

04/25/15 Miracle in Zapote

Hey everybody!
Thank you so much for the letters you write!  You are all super awesome.  It sounds like there are a bunch of exciting things going on back home.  I loved the pics of all of the nephews.  Karli and Nate have some super cute kids!  What is the deal with Conner?  San Francisco, Texas, and New York.  Quite the traveler huh?  That is so cool and I am excited for all of the adventures that everybody is on right now.
This week was so amazing in Zapote. I am so grateful for the miracles that the Lord works in our lives.  I know that He is aware of us and our prayers.  I have been writing for quite a while about our investigator, Noelia, and her family.  Well, last Saturday night she was able to be baptized.  We had been working with her for quite a while and she was prepared for baptism.  She had received so many witnesses from the Spirit that the things that we teach are true.  However, like always, the adversary wouldn´t go down without a fight.  We met with her that Monday and made sure she was clear on the baptismal date and that she was ready.  We set up her interview for Wednesday and started all of the preparations.  When we passed by on Tuesday, I could feel that she was going through some sort of trial and was getting a little disheartened.  We went forward with the plans and told her that we would be taking her to the chapel on Wednesday to meet with our friend for an interview.  Well when we went on Wednesday she was not happy.  She no longer wanted to have her interview.  So we talked with her for a little bit and she conceded to walk with us to the chapel for the interview.  Elder Nielson and I were waiting on pins and needles, but everything turned out perfectly.  She came out of the interview so edified and beaming.  She was excited for her baptism on Saturday and we were grateful that everything went well. 

So we kept going forward with our plans, and when we took President to the airport on Thursday we told him about her and her baptism.  Well, he wanted to come with his wife and family so we were really excited and nervous haha.  As the week moved on I could once again feel that she was getting a little closed off and I was a little nervous.  And sure enough we got a text Friday night that she no longer wanted to be baptized.  So we woke up early on Saturday morning to see what was going on.  We had to have one of  President's children across San Jose taking the ACT at 9 so we were up pretty early.  When we passed by her house she was very down and wanted nothing to do with us.  It broke my heart.  We testified as much as we could before we had to leave and told her that she needed to pray, and that we would be back at 3 to see if she felt different (the baptism was scheduled for 6).  So we did all of the tasks of the day including picking President up from the airport that afternoon.  He asked us about our baptism and he could see that we were a little down. After telling him and Sister Wilkinson what happened, Sister Wilkinson said that they would do a family prayer that our baptism could go through when they got home.  So, we dropped them off at the house and went quickly to Noelia´s house.  When we arrived she was beaming.  It was the strangest thing.  We asked her how she felt, and she said that she was getting baptized that day.  She had changed 180 degrees, all through prayer.  She prayed, President's family prayed, and we prayed a lot.  We were so excited and got everything ready to go as fast as possible.  That night she was baptized and the next day confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  After her baptism she told us how happy she felt, and everyone at the service could feel her happiness as well. 
I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for allowing Noelia to be baptized on Saturday.  It was impossible without Him.  This last week she has been so happy and told us that she was writing a little book called, The Privilege of Having Angels, and it is about her conversion.  This past week she told us about all of the bus contacts she has been doing and friends that she is inviting to church.  She is so amazing, and without a doubt was prepared to receive message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. 
This past week went great, and everything went well with the audit of the office and our preparations for changes.  This Monday will arrive a new group of missionaries and I expect a lot of changes in preparation for the split of the mission that is coming soon.
I love you and and hope the best for you all!
Elder Nelson
Mi amigo Mexicano siempre me decía "Los milagros de Dios jamas cesarán."
The pictures are from Noelia's baptism, Sister Wilkinson came with her kids as well as the Burts, the senior couple that works with us in the office.

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