Monday, November 16, 2015

Miracles teaching families

The stake fast day sounds awesome. Fasting is such a powerful tool. I hope everyone in the stake will find someone to teach! Elder Ochoa, a member of the Seventy, will be coming to Guatemala in a few weeks. We also will be having a unifying fast as a mission to be spiritually prepared for the conference. Can’t wait. It´ll be great! Sounds like you had a good time with the Moores. Anytime with the Moore family is time well spent. Glad Jonathan got to go camping. Camping trips are the best! And that’s so cool Jonathan found tennis playin´ time outside this late in the season.

So, it was a great week here. After trying out some new techniques to find families to teach, Elder Flores and I have really seen progress. It´s been a miracle to see how the Lord has put so many opportunities in our path to find His prepared families. On one occasion, my companion and I went to an appointment we had planned. Finding them not home, we felt impressed to contact around the home. The second door we knocked, a man answered the door and was really interested in what we had to say. He said we could come back Sunday. Yesterday, we found him, his wife and two little kids all waiting for us. Wow! He had already read the better part of the pamphlet we had left. And after we had finished teaching he said he really liked our emphasis on families and was touched to hear our invitation to pray to know if our message was true. He, as well as his wife, accepted a baptismal date and were really excited to have us come another day! I know the Lord is preparing families.

The family we were able to find last week while trying to find Lucero was really receptive too. Emerson, one of the friends of the member family accepted a baptismal date and committed to read the Book of Mormon and pray. Awesome! The difficulty will be Sabbath Day observance because of his work schedule, but I know the Lord will help Emerson.

There was a big, multi-stake conference this past weekend. Bishop Davies, Sister Marriott, Elder Martino and Elder David A. Bednar all came! It was amazing!  Each talked about the new training, which is what has been the focus for the whole year, Sabbath Day observance. They also talked about tithing, self-sufficiency, sacrifice, and the law of consecration. Elder Bednar said, ¨The best that we have is sufficiently good for the Lord.¨ I’m feeling so blessed to be out here. I feel as though I progress everyday, I learn something new, or receive a new impression to be better all the time. It’s great. I´m so grateful for this gospel and for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Hope everyone has a great week! Nos wachamos

Elder Hicken

Shout out to Elder Flores officially with time in the mish! Ordered some pizza and the next day a member gave us an entire cake! (not for the one year mark but it worked)

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