Peru Chiclayo Mission - March 2013-2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hold onto the Iron Rod and never let go

Hola ! Well we didn't have to wait too long for Pday again since it was on Thursday of last week. But I still have things to say!
 There is a pig somewhere inside our building!!

Angels and Noeli aren't going to be baptized on the 17th of January anymore because it fell through. Everything was almost ready to go though...we found them a room, they agreed on it and were all ready to go. As they went and talked to their landlord to let him know that they were going to move, he said that they couldn't because they signed a year contract and the contract ends in July...
But its sooo lame because he even told them a few months ago to move because his daughter is coming to live from Spain and now all of a sudden he says no. So Elder Manley and I are pretty upset as well. It's just annoying because we are working so hard to help people reach their goal of baptism but as the scriptures say in 2 Nephi 2, there is opposition in everything. I'm trying to have patience with everybody in this area but sometimes it's hard because we have passed so much time without a baptism. But we are still going to be diligent and we will still press forward. It's just hard.

Angels and Noeli are pretty disappointed. We asked them if Noeli's boyfriend could leave instead of them and they said that they have been trying to tell him but he just refuses and stays there. Yesterday we went over and we taught them 1 Nephi 8 where it talks about the Tree of Life and even though we could be in the dark with a lot of trials and temptations, we always need to hold onto the Iron Rod and never let go. We related that to them and invited them to never stop listening to the lessons and attending church and we promised them that one day they will be able to get baptized, even if it's in July. 

The good news of this past week is that we found a new family to teach and they attended church yesterday. It's a family of 4. Enrique and Leanor are the parents with their 2 kids Luis who is 12 and a 3 year old kid. We started teaching them last Thursday or so and the Dad walked in and sat down to listen and so we immediately changed the lesson to families and how we should live the Gospel as a family. Enrique thanked us for coming to his home and yesterday they came to church. We just need to see if they are married now. But either way we are excited to start teaching them.

We started to attend church at 8 am and so that's always hard for people to come to church especially investigators but that new family came and also Giberto and Lorena. But other investigators said that they stayed asleep. As a missionary I don't really care since I have to wake up at 6 30 everyday but if I was home and we had to attend at 8, I would probably die. 
Anyway thanks everybody for your love and support. Mom I'm really glad that you could eat lunch with all those friends of yours. I know that they are really close to your heart. As you said, it's so important that we all fulfill our callings. God needs us to help others and he counts on us. That is why he called us in each of the callings we have.
I love you. He loves you.
Elder Smith

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