Jonathan is doing Fantastic!!! we talked to his mom and at first she didn't want to talk to us because she is catholic, but she came out during the lesson and participated a lot! and really like it. But didn't come to church, so we will see what happens. AWWWW but jonathan (He can go on a mission!! he's 18 right now). He really struggles with the Book of Mormon. We read a verse and we ask him "what did that say?" and he doesn't know. But at church yesterday, he told us that all his family was together for New Years and before they started drinking cider and celebrating the new year, he said a prayer with all of them and they listened to him. and he was so happy. Also, the members here ARE WAYY TOOO GREAT. one member brought a tie because Jonathan doesn't have any. and it was so cute to see them welcoming him and helping him feel loved in the church. His baptism is this week.
Funny Business- there is an old investigator who is like 70 years old and homeless and crazy. haha. but as we were going to church we saw him so we invited him to walk with us and go to church. He said okay. and we got to talking, but it was hard to focus on the conversation because he just talked about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. he was saying how he is so unhappy and he never has good luck and his life is so hard, and I asked How do you think you can find this happiness that you're missing? and he saidd noooo, i'm not missing any happiness, I have health, my family... but the funniest part is that he was telling us how he had a motorcycle that didn't work, and that "the mormons" gave him a bible. (and at this point he didn't know that we are mormons! haha) and he told us that he tried to rip the book of mormon in half, but he couldn't do it. so he threw it in the street, and then his motorcycle worked. and he told those mormons "NEVER COME BACK". and me and my companion looked at each other like ..wow hahaha and we told him that we're going to the Mormon church right now, and he said oh, thats okay. and came with us.
Yesterday we had a meeting with President and the assistants in the mission house, and Hermana Ayre made chocolate cake! it was so good! she told me that here in Argentina she has to make everything from scratch! but what a treat. And to work so closely with President is a dream come true. He is a man with a plan and a great leader.
Something that President has said is that the conference talk of Elder Nelson about Sisters having more leadership and playing a big part in the church progressing. and that this talk, he felt, was one of the most important and is the future of how we are going to have more success preparing for the second coming of Christ. I read it again, and I love it. We need women who are ORGANIZED, who can ORGANIZE, who can PLAN, DIRECT, LEAD, GIVE OPINION, DEFEND THE TRUTH, KEEP COVENANTS.
“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.” President Kimball.
And Elder Nelson gives us a powerful promise, that I felt so strongly comes from the Lord. He said if we fulfill what President Kimball said: And I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that as you do so, the Holy Ghost will magnify your influence in an unprecedented way!
How special! and so often do we lose this vision of ourselves. The Lord needs His children to learn these things and become this class of person. I am so grateful for all the experiences I am having now that are teaching me how to be this person. because right now, i'm totally not. But it gives me motivation to develop! Tell all the hermanitas de the ward! i LOVE the goal of 2 baptisms. You are such a fantastic President! Mom, you are exactly what President Kimball saw, strong women in the future bringing forth the work of the Lord in the last days! Thanks for you example.
I love you!
Happy New Year. Set some goals with a spirit of prayer and God will help us accomplish what we need to!
<3 Hermana Haight