hey everybody! this week was another awesome week. a week ago we met this guy named Marcial and he said that his wife was a member and he wanted us to visit him, he had already been to church a bunch of times and he is just a good guy, he never wanted to get baptized before but now he did. and so we baptized him on friday. he has prostate cancer and has been in a lot of pain but i think that helped him realize the need he has for being baptized. i left my camera at home so i will send a pic next week. this week this really awesome family of 4 should hopefully be getting baptized, we just need to get them married and its super tough cause the wifes work wont ever let her take off work, and if she doesn't go one day they take away half of her check, and they already struggle a ton to be able to go to church every week. so we need lots of prayers for them. their names are Magdiel, Maricela, Magdiel(jr), and Alba. we are going to be working super hard this week to help these awesome people out!
well President Chavez came this week and it was a really awesome meeting. afterwards i had an interview with him and it was super good. i have been having a question that is super personal but i would like to share it with you all. so i talked to pte. and told him that before the mission i was super confident in myself. lots and lots and almost too much confidence. but then when i came here i had a tough comp to start with and just got super super humbled over this past year and a half and now i feel like i don't have any confidence at all. i mean i understand that my confidence now needs to be placed in the Lord and His strength instead of my own, but i just feel like im not super confident sometimes...then i gave him an example. in the meetings that we have with him i rarely ever raise my hand to comment. i mostly just listen. and its honestly just because i dont want to. like i don't like making comments and voicing my opinion in that environment. that earlier that day during the training meeting when he started it all he asked a specific question....and the WHOLE training was based on that....and i knew the answer to all of it from the beginning....but i just was like scared to say it in front of everyone so i kept quiet. he then said something that really hit me. he told me that he and i are a lot alike and that he rarely makes comments, unless called upon when he is in meeting with other leaders and mission presidents and stuff. and that there is nothing wrong with that. that is just my personality style and that's fine. some people like the feeling they get when they answer things in front of everyone or make interesting comments, but i just dont like it. and then he told me that he knew from the beginning that i knew they answer then...that he saw it in my eyes and felt it. and that i knew it, and he knew it, but most importantly God knew it. then he told me that a year and a half ago i was a super spoiled and prideful kid, but that now, if he were my father he would be super proud of me. and that he as my mission president is really proud of me, and that God is proud of me and who i have become, that now all i want to do is His will even though i am imperfect. i cannot express the love and peace i felt coming out of that interview. it was a huge answer to my prayers.
i know that God loves each and every one of us. regardless of our imperfections and weaknesses. he is pleased when we desire to do His will. he is pleased when we strive, even though our efforts are imperfect and we don't follow Him perfectly. He is proud of us. i know He is. i am so thankful for all He does for me and i am so glad that i get to serve Him 5 more months. i love you all. have a great week.