So I'm just gonna give a quick update on some of our investigators because they need a few extra prayers this week!
First, Jose. Jose is a little punk. But I love him so much. So over this April Conference I had a really cool experience. Okay, hopefully this isn't too confusing. During the April conference, I remembered something that happened during the October Conference. Last October, during Conference, I saw like a still shot/Harry Potter type picture of us teaching Jose. Of course, at the time, I didn't know that it was Jose. I saw me and my companion teaching a little Mexican man outside a house under a white awning (the main scene for our lessons with Jose). And it was so clear, I remember telling Hermana Shepherd about it after. Well, time went on and I forgot about it. Fast forward to April Conference. I had a de ja vu of this picture I'd seen in my mind. JOSE! This time I recognized him.
The whole time we've taught Jose, I've felt a really strong connection with him. He's really special, not because of anything he's done, cause, like I said, he's a punk, but he's special because the spirit has told me that God really
The thing is, he wants to know. He knows something is missing and he knows he's being a punk. We didn't teach him for a week, and he missed us, and he thought about things and he wants to meet with us again, but he wants to study from Los Evangelios (the Gospels in the Bible). He wants to exchange ideas. We were really bold with him and told him that he needs to be humble and have more faith. We told him that if he had prayed with faith, humility, and real intent to know if the Book of Mormon is true, he would have received an answer. He was a little taken aback, of course, but a member invited him over for dinner tonight, so we have a dinner appointment with him.
It's been frustrating to teach him, but I know he is an honest seeker of truth and that the truth is found in the fullness of the Gospel which is found in the Book of Mormon. It's gotten to the point where it would be really easy to give up on him. But, this morning during my studies, I had the impression that we need to put more faith in our Savior's ability to convert him. We need to put faith into the fact that we are called and set apart to be the Savior's representatives and that we are His hands and His mouth here at this time. And we need to make sure that Jose understands that as well. So, tonight, we are going to have that sort of a conversation with him. I feel impressed that it is the right thing to do. Anyway, if you could just send a few extra prayers this way that Jose will open his heart and see us a representatives of the Lord, that's be awesome! :) We're teaching him tonight at 6!
And he WILL be baptized.
And then there is Gloria and Indalecio! Indalecio has Alzheimer's but they want to be baptized, but Indalecio needs to be able to remember what we teach to pass the interview to be baptized. So pray that he can be taught by the spirit and that the spirit will bring things to his remembrance when the time comes!
Basically, Hermana Johnson and I have decided that the mission is 98% hard work and fun and 2% lame and just hard. Good thing we have more fun than anyone else in the mission!
And we are staying together for another transfer!
And David Archuleta came to our mission last night. So that was really cool.