So this week we now have three people with baptismal dates! Alicia is someone that we´ve been teaching ever since I got here, so at least four months or so. Everytime before when we invited her to baptism she said that it was too cold and that she wanted to wait til summer ha. She is about 60 or so, and she´s been to multiple baptisms in the church so she knows that the water is always freezing. We had a lesson with her the other night and brought a member. We invited her to baptism again and she accepted the date of October 19!! She still likes her coffee so that is a challenge, but we invited her to really pray if it´s something to keep her from baptism. We´re praying for her and are excited for her!!
One of our other investigators with a date is named Ana Maria. She has had a hard life. I think I wrote about her the other week... she had been living in the street for the past few months and just recently moved into a friend´s house. She told us that she is not happy and wants to change her life. We gave her a book of mormon and taught her about how Christ came to the Americas, and she was just in heaven! It was great to see her so happy. She´s been sick the past couple days so we haven´t been able to teach her, but we are visiting everyday to try and see her. She has a friend that´s a member which really helps. We are also going to bring her to conference this weekend.
Our other investigator with a date is named Isabel. She has a daughter with 14 years named Carla. Carla has some disablities, so Isabel always has to be at home with her. Plus her son was in a moto accident and has been bed ridden for almost 6 months. She said that her husband doesn´t support her and it´s been hard for her at home taking care of the kids and the house and everything. She said that she feels so much more hope when we come to teach her. We taught her the plan of salvation and the spirit was so strong! Isabel already has a strong testimony and is a great example to me. I´ve realized here all of the blessings I have at home and all the things that I took for granted. We are so blessed in the states!!!
We´ve been working with our other investigators that we found last week but for now only a few are progressing. People move at different paces, but it´s amazing to see how the spirit works in people. We have a few different families that we´re teaching, but we are hoping to have more support from families in the ward to come visit them with us. As a zone and as a mission we are starting a new program called the work of salvation to get more members involved in the work. All of the stake presidents and bishops are getting a lot of training with president borg in how to animate members in the work. We can work so much efficiently when we have members! We are already improving, but we´re excited to see what more we can do!
There´s a girl named Mireya who has 13 years in our area that is just amazing! She was baptized two years ago, but there wasn´t the hand off between the missionaries and the ward like there should be, so she went menos activo pretty quick. She´s the only member in her family, so it´s hard for her to walk to church by herself. We´ve been working with her and teaching her, and she has really taken the iniciate to reactivate. She´s invited her mom and her sister to listen to the missionary lessons, she now comes with us to church every week, and last week she went to do baptisms in the temple!! She is the cutest girl and she is such a great example to me! I learn SO much from the people here.
Well, that´s about it for this week. Oh! Our bishop´s wife told us that she´s going to Salt Lake this week, so I gave her dad´s number and the house number to call!! She only speaks Spanish, so I told her to call dad´s phone first ha. She will be landing Tuesday in the afternoon, so will probably call Tuesday night. Her name is Patricia and is super sweet and nice! I don´t know if she´ll have time, but maybe you can meet up for lunch or something? Just a thought!
Welp I love you all!!!! Hope you all have a great week! Get feeling better all of you! I love hearing from you all and look forward to your letters. I am in Mormon in el Libro de mormon and love everytime I get to read. Se que el libro de mormon es verdadero. Se que Cristo vive y que el es nuestro salvador y redentor. Es solamente por medio de el que podemos regresar a vivir con nuestro Padre Celestial. Love you!!
Con amor, Hna. Anderson
I found a Pinkberry here! It´s still the best hun cal fro yo!!
Hna Callister and I playing on the train tracks in our area