Monday, August 31, 2015

News from Monterrey - August 31, 2015

Sooo basically we are just trying to find new people to teach and find people who will accept a baptismal date. We had some good success the past week.

On Monday we had a surprise family home evening. we had asked a the Garza family to go with us do have a FHE with a less active family, but when we called the family, they weren’t home.... so we stopped by to visit Helaman (9) and his family, and had an on the spot Family Home evening with them. We talked about the temple and how important it is that we go.  

On Tuesday we tried to teach an active member of and Adventist church (who have their Sabbath Day on Saturday). We were able to teach him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He tried to do a little bit of Bible Bashing, as to why we sanctified Sunday instead of Saturday, which is the seventh day of the week. We basically just had to tell him that that is the revelation that the prophet received, and that he would have to pray and ask if Joseph Smith was a prophet. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he gave us a book called the Conflict of the Centuries to read. We will see if he progresses.... 

We decided to work in a colony where we hadn’t worked much and found Ramon, who has been listening to the Jehovah’s witnesses but hasn’t decided on a religion yet. So it was good to talk with him and we hope to keep working with him too. 

We are also teaching a young man, who is kind of in a gang, named Angel. He came to church with us this past week. His mom is super worried about him...we passed by to visits and he wasn’t there, but we were able to talk with his mom a little and we shared with her the first vision to teach her what we have been teaching her son, and she really liked it and had some good questions. She works Sundays, but is going to try and come this Sunday. 

We found a family of 4 who all accepted baptism, a single mother and her 3 children, and youngest is 8, so there we go. We were excited to see them in church, but they didn’t make it... we asked a member to pass by, but in the chapel they told us that they passed and that they said they couldn’t come....

We had Hellman’s baptismal interview this Sunday, and we were planning on this Wednesday for the service, but now they are thinking about changing it to two weeks later.... we don’t want to wait so long, so we will see what happens with them.... but at least everything is ready, we just need to set the exact date :) So, we might have a baptism this week, or we might not :) 

We are planning to do a Car Wash activity to wash the members` cars and so that they can bring a friend so we can wash theirs and invite them to listen to the gospel. My companion kinda threw it together last minute and announced it in priesthood and invited the young men to help us out. So, we hope that we have a good turnout. 

So, those are the happenings. I am still learning lots and am excited to keep working while I can. Elder Alvarez is good company.

Thanks for all the support and hope all is well, with school and everything. Keep up the good work!

Elder Redford

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