Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30 - A week with President!

Hey all!
Well it sounds like you all had a great thanksgiving week! Just wanted to send another shout out and let you all know how very thankful I am for you that you all support me here in my mission, and that I love you so much!

This week we had three cool experiences. First of all on Tuesday Socorro got baptized! It was an awesome experience, it was kind of a low key baptism because well it was a Tuesday and so like literally no one could come, but she invited a ton of family and friends and it worked out super well. They all felt the spirit super strong, and we all did too. Also, President Mecham and Sister Mecham both came to this baptism and it was the first time they have come in my whole mission. There, like always seems to happen in Topilejo, were some pretty cringe worthy moments as well. First of all, the 1st counselor of the branch presidency did the ordinance and well he told us that he had literally baptized half of the branch so we weren’t too worried, until we opened up the doors for the baptism and it looked more like they were going to dance the salsa or get baptized Alma style (see Mosiah 18 23) we had to help him out for like 2 minutes to get the hands and everything right, so that was kind of embarrassing. Then, Socorro gave a very powerful testimony. But, the thing is she is a nurse so she has a different vocab than we have, and that added to the fact that her strongest testimony was of the law of chastity left my face pretty red after her testimony… But, the only thing that matters is that it was a spiritual experience for her and for her family members as well!

Second, on Friday we had a zone conference that was super cool! We talked a lot about love, the importance of the members, the Lords elect servants and our ability to open our mouth and teach everyone! I left super excited to just get to work and get it done!

Thirdly, this Saturday we had a zone attack in Topilejo. It’s something that we have been planning for a while that was President Mecham’s idea. The branch/ward puts together a list of all the people that they would like to visit and then all of the missionaries from the whole zone go to that area and we do divisions with the members of the ward/branch. So on Saturday it was our turn and it was super cool! We didn’t have enough members so I ended up going with President and Sister Mecham and it was incredible to see how President expressed his love to people that he had literally never met. We helped some less actives express why they aren’t coming to church anymore and we even found some new investigators together, it was super cool to be able to work with them.

Bonus: Yesterday we had the zone attack in San Pedro 1, my old area. So, I got to go down and I got put in a group with Estefan y Gaspar Lino from one of my favorite families ever. We also went and visited Alicia Garcia who sadly has fallen away recently because she started working on Sundays but it was good to be able to go and relive her baptism and try to encourage her to come back, it was a pretty incredible week!

Elder Stout

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