Monday, February 23, 2015

New Companion

Hola familiares y amigos!
It´s always great to hear Jonathan´s basketball updates. Ranked #1! That’s great! Keep working hard buddy. I really liked reading Elder Scott´s talk ¨Make the Excercise of Faith Your First Priority¨. 
Scripture Study,
Family Home Evening
and Temple Attendance.
I printed it out and will be giving it to a recent convert family later tonight.
So I have a new companion, Elder Andy. He´s a hard worker, laughs at the most random things, loves pancakes and French toast and comes from Ecuador. He is constantly trying to follow the promptings of the Spirit and at every opportune moment is reading his Scriptures. He´s been a really big example to me and we´ve worked hard this week trying to find new investigators. Unfortunately, we had to drop a lot of our previous potential investigators because of our absence in Quiche last week.

We did feel prompted to fast to help us find new investigators. Saturday came around and we started our fast after lunch. That night we were contacting in Zone 2. We felt an impression to look in La Coloñia Primero de Mayo. We tried for one hour, knocking doors and contacting in the street. Finally when we were pretty worn out and about ready to head home, we felt to knock one last door. This woman opened the door and invited us in with a smile. We got to know her whole family of 11 people. We taught them about the Restoration of the Gospel, gave them 2 books of Mormon to read and set up a return appointment for this Tuesday. It was a miracle! We know it was an answer to our prayers.
As a district, we set a goal to have 15 investigators at church this past Sunday. We reached our goal having 18 investigators attend! That was really exciting.
We´ve been working with a sister named Lidia. She is living with a member, but they aren´t married. She wants to be baptized but we explained that she needs to get married first. We hope to help her set a wedding date this week so she can be baptized and receive the full blessings of the Lord. Feliciano and Cristina are another non-member couple we are working with. They need to be married as well before they can be baptized. To finish the week, my companion and I put a fecha meta [date goal] with a man named Jose-Luis. He is really smart, willing to read the Book of Mormon, and wants to have God in his life. His baptismal date goal is for March 27th.
I just finished reading the war chapters in Alma. In Alma 62:41, it tells of the different ways the people responded to the wars. Some were hardened and others humbled themselves. Same trial, but different responses. The work of Salvation is not easy, and we have to decide how we will respond. I know that this is the Lord´s work. I know the fullness of the eternal gospel was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Lord continues to reveal His will to his living prophet. I love this gospel.
All the best this week!
Love, Elder Hicken

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