E-Mail on 5/26/14 – “It’s even in Indiana Jones. Everybody knows that!”

So this week was pretty great! Hermana Masters and I have tried our very hardest to be the most obedient we could possibly be.  Remember when I said “obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles”?  Well we’ve seen some pretty great miracles!  We had 7 investigators in church on Sunday, 12 lessons with a member present (those are the best…obviously), 6 new investigators, and we have 4 baptismal fechas.  We exceeded almost all our goals we had set during weekly planning and the crazy part is… I have no idea how!  We just worked day by day, doing our best and the Lord really really blessed us.

Okay but there was this one crazy thing that happened.  Let’s get into that real quick.  We’ve been going through the Area Book little by little and passing by people.  We passed by this couple, Eliseo and Antonia.  Eliseo found it very amusing that we were there and he talked to us about how he had investigated the church years ago.  He’s read the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  He assigned us to read Zechariah and come back so we could discuss the things it says.  Okay but here is the first crazy part:  He’s a Jew.  A Jew that believes in Christ.  Didn’t think that was possible? Neither did I.  But there he was.  Okay so on to the next crazy thing.  We go back for our lesson Saturday afternoon.  We walk in and it feels super different… no longer warm and friendly.  No.  It feels bad.  We start talking a little bit and he brings up that we believe (know) that God has a body but he believes He’s just a spirit.  We pray and then start getting into that.  It didn’t go so well.  His wife was asking me to explain why I believe that and then Eliseo gets all mad and says that they don’t have to listen to these lies.  Then it gets uglier.  He pulls out a scripture in Isaiah about Jehovah being the first and the last type thing so God can’t have a body because who created God.  Deep doctrine here.  I read the chapter heading and mention “Oh well, this verse is talking about Jesus Christ.  Christ is Jehovah.”  Oops.  Not a good answer.  Eliseo jumps up and starts walking to the door, shouting at us to get up.  He kicks us out.  We got kicked out of his house.  I’ve never been so rattled in my life!  Party, right?  As we were reflecting on the “lesson”, I asked Hermana Masters if I was correct and Christ is Jehovah.  Her response was “It’s even in Indiana Jones.  Everybody knows that!”.  She kills me.

So we recovered from that and continued on finding really amazing people who told us that we were put in their path, they really needed to hear our message, etc.  Super great!  Great comeback from a disaster of a lesson.

Luz and her family are progressing pretty well.  ALL of them came to church together and they looked so cute and happy!  They’re going to get baptized very soon!  We’re helping them develop family habits like family scripture study and prayer, family home evening…things like that because Luz is worried about her family.  They’re so great!

Last week we had Specialized Training which was great!  It was weird to see Valencia because I’ve seen a lot of it through pictures from Hna. Tuttle.  This week we have Enfoque de Zona and Intercambios so that’ll be interesting too!

My companion is great.  I love her to pieces!  Her spanish is improving a tooonnnnn!  I’m so proud of her!  I’ve got a great little group to work with here.  The real challenge this week is to get the members to be excited about the work like we are!  We’ll see how it goes.  Wish us luck!

Les quiero!  Have a wonderful week!  Share the gospel today (and tomorrow and the next day…and so on)!

Hermana Durham

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