Sunday, August 4, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013 - "That I may heal you"

Hola Mi Familia! Well, this week as again, been WET! We can basically expect rain every afternoon and even one day it rained all the day long. It is quite lovely because the rain cools everything down and it isn't so hot, but there is a tad bit of humidity. Today we went on a little hike! All the missionaries in the zone went to a nearby "Air Volcano" and we hiked it! Apparently the volcano isn't active, but every so often it gives out bursts of air. From far away it looks really big and impossible, but close up it really wasn't. We hiked it and a couple of us only got about 3/4 of the way up because it was really rocky and we didn't want to continue, but some other made it all the way to the top. It was okay, but I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow! This week has been kind of crazy for many reasons but also quite awesome. So here are a few experiences to share.... The lady we are teaching and kids have just been crazy! Haha! After their response last week that they weren't going to get baptized, of course we weren't going to let them get off that easy and we began to plan how we were going to get them to commit to a date. Our Zone Leaders gave us a suggestion: "When all else a movie". And that is exactly what we did! We pulled out "The Testaments" movie--one of my favs. We went to see them and the 2 daughters were gone for groceries, so we watched it with the lady and the 2 boys. We began and it was going well; maybe they didn't began with so much interest, but as we went along they got more and more interested in the movie, until the end with the most powerful part. I will help you all remember a little bit of the story: the dad gets blind trying to save his son in the destructions of the sign of Christ's death. The Savior finally comes to the Americas and testifies that he is the Christ to them, but this man who has been waiting for the coming of the Savior all his life is not able to see him because he is blind. The Savior comes and touches his eyes and the first thing he sees when his sight is restored is Christ. At the end they were just hooked and the spirit was so strong. The lady even began to cry. After the end of the movie, with the spirit still lingering, we began to talk about what they felt and what they liked and faith in Jesus. We established that they had faith and all in Christ and that they wanted to follow him and then we asked if they had faith and wanted to follow Christ, what would be keep them from being baptized. They thought for a moment and said it may be a possibility. Well, we were able to put a rough date with them for the 17 of August, so let's just hope that it all works. We told them to pray and specifically ask if this is what they should do. I am quite certain that if they are true to the commitments that we leave them, they will come to know and be baptized. I told you all about a new investigator that we found last week that wanted proof of The Book Of Mormon in the Bible. We had taught her and left a bit of the Book Of Mormon to read and pray about. We passed by this week to see if she had read and she hadn't even touched the book. She said she placed it on her night stand and one day she was getting ready and looked at the book and told herself "I'm not going to read it. I'm not even going to touch that book. It will just confuse me even more." That was really sad. She returned the book to us and told her that she didn't want to read it and that she was fine where she was. We told her that she hadn't done her part in reading and how was she supposed to know about something if she hadn't even tried it. It was sad to see someone reject us like that, but hopefully one day she will realize her mistake and listen to other missionaries. This week went had to go to Cananea, a little town about 1 hour from Agua Prieta, to give a baptismal interview. We arrived at 4:30 PM and bought tickets to return at 7:30PM that night. We had to walk really far away and were afraid that we weren't going to make it. We gave the interview and then got a ride from a Brother in the branch there. We arrived at 7:35PM and when we got there we feared that the bus had already left, but they told us that it was delayed and on its way. We waited....8:40 pass. The bus still had not come. 9:40...we were still waiting....finally by 10:15PM--2 and 1/2 hours late--but bus arrives and we were able to leave. It was really annoying having to wait for so long of a time. I love and miss you all tons! ¡Yo sé que vive mi Señor! Con Mucho Amor, Elder Joyner

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