Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm not going to lie - I got a little emotional too. What a Great Missionary!

Hey Fam!

How is everyone? This week has gone well. The new companionship is going great. The two Elders that arrived are super focused and hard workers. We saw a major difference in our results this week, and were able to find alot of new investigators. We'll see which of them end up progressing.

The down side of this week was that we didn't end up having the baptismal service for Anthony and Lety. Their mom is still against the idea, and said they can come to church whenever they want, but she doesn't want them to get baptized. Oh well. We're going to keep visiting them every once in a while and make sure that they keep coming to church, so hopefully as they start their teenage years they'll be able to have that support and security that the gospel offers them, and be able to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost to be a guide for them to help them avoid all the bad things in this world.

The Lua Herrera family (the ones who recently the mom and the son got baptized, but not the dad) have been going through some tough times. Their extended family has taken some really hard hits and it started to affect them. The difference was super noticeable when we'd visit them. The Spirit just wasn't really there when we'd visit them, they just seemed a little less excited about the gospel. We'd been trying all kinds of stuff to get them excited and stuff and more united as a family but it seemed to make no difference. Yesterday (Sunday) we went on splits, and I went with the ward mission leader to visit them. When we got there everything was the same as usual. They invited us in, but just didn't seem thrilled to talk to us or anything. I had no idea what to do, and I felt bad because all the progress their family had made would be for nothing if they just went inactive and continued in life without the blessings of the gospel, but nothing seemed to lift their spirits. I said hi to them and asked how they were and stuff, they just said the normal 'oh we're fine'. Then I just sat there. And nobody talked. And everything was just silent. I just didn't know what to do. It seemed like everything I know, I had already tried to share with them before. We were all silent for probably about two minutes straight (which might not sound like much but is really a long silence), and suddenly I had a flash back to the earlier days of my mission. I remembered two young missionaries, not knowing all that much about the gospel, not understanding hardly a word anyone was saying, not having any idea what we were supposed to do, and just depending absolutely 100% on the Holy Ghost. Then all those little miracles that had happened in those times started flooding back to my mind, and I'm not going to lie, I got a little emotional. I was just so thankful to be here as a missionary, serving my God. Then I remembered the words of President Jespersen from just a few weeks ago: 'If you want to learn to rely on the Holy Ghost, put yourself in situations where you don't know what to say or do.' So there I was. Sitting in silence with a small special family that I've really come to love, not knowing what to say or do. So I just opened my mouth, and the words started to come. The Spirit filled the room, the family expressed their feelings and doubts and trials that they had been going through. And I had the opportunity to feel and watch the Lord prick their hearts with the Spirit, and remind them of the testimonies they've each received from Him. It was a great experience, and it helped me to understand a little better the Comforter, Companion and Friend, that I'm so priviledged to have. A Heavenly Messenger, testifying of the Father's love and plan for us, His children.

Shash- Sounds like the Spruces were a blast Sloosh! Awesome. Love you! Have a great week!

Den- Happy B day this week Denny oh! I can't believe you're already going to be twelve and recieve the Priesthood and stuff! Sweet! Love you! Have a great week!

Mom- That story about Caleb sounds pretty funny. Good thing he didn't make it all the way to the water. That's going to be such a great experience to be Tina's escort. You've been a pretty big influence for good in her life. Love you! Have a great week!

Dig- The fourth of July is going to be awesome with the new fire work regulations man! Sweet. Love you! Have a great week!

Nay- Repelling huh? I repelled a few times on scount camps and it was pretty fun. That's cool that you can check that one off on your list of fun things to do. haha. Love you! Have a great week!

Dad- I loved that talk from E. Rendlund. I remember being impressed by it during the conference. It's a good one to help in personal spiritual development. Love you! Have a great week!

Love you all!
Elder Aguilar

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