Before the mission, when my friends or family told me about problems they were facing, I would always try to put myself in their position to see how they felt. I've realized that, even though I thought I could imagine how they were feeling, I was actually really bad at it. This last weekend, my special family here discovered a huge problem. When the mother told me what she found out, it felt like my own sister was having this problem, and it was difficult for my not to cry during the lesson. It's crazy how close people can become by sharing this gospel. Even though I have never even had a problem in my life compared to the people here, the things that they are facing now seem like my own problems. San Diego will always have a piece of my heart but the people of Guatemala have made my heart grow, and there are many big pieces that will always remain here.
We are teaching the sister of G, her name is R. She is a single mother of three kids, with a husband who left her. We taught her about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and showed her the DVD of the Restoration (it has a little bit of the history of Joseph Smith, the First Vision, and the Book of Mormon). After watching the movie in a member's house, she told me, "I wish I could buy a DVD player so I could watch that movie every day of my life and feel like I felt again and again." They have all received answers to their prayers and R with her daughter, K (10 years old) and M (8 years old) are preparing to be baptized the first of September. (the youngest, W will wait another year since he is only 7). I am so excited for this fecha and this opportunity that I have to walk with them in this path. The church is true, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way we can truly have happiness in this world. Love you all!
|Beautiful Guatemala. Mountain on the left is an active volcano.|