Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Week 6 in Porvenir

 Me during my personal study
Week #68

Well, this week got off to a rough start. Last Monday night we visited a part member family that we had been teaching. We hadn't been able to visit them for about 2-3 weeks, because the dad, who isn't a member was in Bogotá for work. The last lesson we had had was great, and they were really excited to progress in the gospel. Then, when we got there we began to start the lesson, and the dad interrupted us, and basically told us that he didn't want to change his religion, and that he wasn't going to keep listening to us. The mom, who is a member, said similar things, which also gave us the impression they wouldn't be coming back to church. It just felt like a really bad breakup, and they really beat around the bush. That put a damper on our day, and Tuesday morning I felt a little discouraged. Through it all, prayer was a great aid to get through it all. 

On Thursday we were teaching a guy outside his work, in the street, and as we taught him, two other people came up and started listening, it was kind of funny, but also really fulfilling. It felt like we were preaching in the street. Although teaching on the side of a busy street with a bunch of noise and foot traffic isn't super effective, it was a cool experience. This week I also had some great experiences giving priesthood blessings, where I felt power as I gave blessings. 

This week in all, went really well. We finally found more than 1 new investigator, and quite a few people came to church and stayed all 3 hours. I'm really happy that with our hard work we are seeing results. It has rained every day this week, and so much today that the power went out in our neighborhood for about 2 hours. The days it rains early it gets really hot. It normally dries up in about 3 hours, and stays really humid until night. 

I know that God lives, and that he answers prayers. I know that if we ask, He will answer. I know that His work is to bring us to immortality and eternal life. I know Christs atonement is real.

Thanks for reading!
Elder Beck

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