Good gravy, the weeks just fly by! It is quite crazy. But sadly the work is super slow at the moment. Since our area was divided and we are trying to work with part of another area that we don´t know we don´t have mucho trabajar [work] at ese momento. We are trying to find old investigators and less actives but nobody ever seems to be home. And as far as people that we are working with. We have found that some won´t open their doors anymore and a couple others are moving. Entonces times are a little rough at the moment. But no worries the work goes on.
And now for the highlight...
So the familia Gomez, it has been un mes [month] since the baptism de Daiana, and Saturday we had the baptism of her sister Candela. This has to be the highlight of Argentina so far. Here is her story...
As we were teaching Daiana, Candela and the rest of the family would be in the lessons and more or less participate, reading and responding, etc. Along the way Candela would be happy and but not very interested in what we were teaching...until one day, we invited her to be baptized, she said yes, then the changes started.
The amazing thing: it was a complete change over night. No joke. One lesson she was just there with her family, the next lesson she was smiling and engaged in the lesson. It was so cool. And as we taught her we kept seeing the transformation that was taking place.
Now fast forward one month, since the day we asked her to follow the example of Christ and be baptized and you will find Candela dressed in white with the biggest smile on her face and that special sparkle in her eye. The feeling is indescribable. The baptism went well, Candela having a smile on her face since she stepped into la capilla, and as we were singing a special musical number she started crying, but still smiling. Oh my goodness, the spirit that was radiating from that room that night was beyond incredible.
It is so cool that, although only 13 years old, she can feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for each of his children and the pure joy that comes when following the example of Christ. Just by looking at her you could tell that she knew exactly what was happening and we could not have been more excited for her.
Then Sunday at church she showed up looking like she has been a member all along. She radiated with the light and the spirit of Christ, and she hadn´t even been confirmed yet. Haha but when she was confirmed, she is super shy and was really nervous to go up, but she did, and again was smiling the entire time. During the confirmation that same amazing spirit that filled the room the night before came flooding back into the chapel as the President said ´receive the Holy Ghost.´
Wow . .yup definitely a highlight. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to aid in teaching Candela. She has an amazing spirit that she can share with her family and two other sisters that are members. It is moments like these that are the moments that make the rough times totally worth it. The moment when someone has that Aha! moment when they get that spiritual confirmation that this is the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
I hope you all have a fabulous week!Mucho Amor,
1. photo right before the baptism. Hna Tobar and I with Candela, Daiana and her parents.
2. Hna Tobar and I with Candela, Daiana and their brother Alexis, after her confirmation.