This week has been incredible. I have really felt the love that my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, have for me and for all of His children. I had some great experiences with the Familia Jordan this week (Suli, Fernando, Fiorela, y Fabiola). We visited them this past Monday and we began to talk a little bit about baptism and why it's important. We asked them if they were able to pray about Joseph Smith and if he was called by God to be a prophet and if they should be baptized. Well, Fernando began to tell us his experience. He told us that in his prayer he asked Heavenly Father if baptism in the "Mormon" church is correct and if he should be baptized and if Heavenly Father is really there for him. When he ended his prayer he opened up his Book of Mormon to a random page, to Mormon 8:25 and 26 that explain the first steps to repentance and how to keep all of the commandments, and that the only way to keep all of the commandments and have eternal life is through baptism. He received a solid answer to his prayer. It was a really spiritual moment for all of us and a testimony that Heavenly Father listens, thinks, and answers our prayers and helps us come to the truth. He has a set baptismal date for the 2 of May.
We had an experience very similar with Fernando's mom, Suli, also. We visited her yesterday and she felt impressed to let us know about some of the challenges that she has had in the past with family and other things. She began to cry as she explained to us a little about some of her struggles. To help her out we let her know that she a is a daughter of God, that He Lives and loves her very much. After that, I felt impressed to share with here DyC 121:1 through 9 where Joseph Smith was in Liberty Jail and felt like he was completely alone and asked God where He was. In the middle of his prayer, the voice of the Lord came to him and gave him comfort that he would soon rest from his afflictions, that God loved him, and that he had many friends that he could count on to help him. After Suli heard and read these scriptures she began to cry even more, knowing that she really does have a Heavenly Father and that he loves here. After the lesson she told us that when she read this scripture she felt as though Heavenly Father was talking to her face to face. It was an incredibly spiritual experience. Her and her family have grown to be great friends and I'm excited for what they are going to achieve as a family. Its an amazing thing when someone receives a strong testimony that God loves them. It's something really beautiful.
Also this week we were able to do a little bit of service for Osmar and Yessenia around their house; moving dirt, etc. It was a great time and I felt and continue to feel very blessed to have been able to know this family and to be their friend and that they are my friends too. Osmar told us that they are going to pass through an interview with Obispo Ramirez this Tuesday for their patriarchal blessings and so that Osmar can receive the Melchizidek Priesthood to bless his family. It was great to hear all the great news and to know that I was able to be an instrument in the Lords hands to help this great family. But what was even better was when Osmar told us that they have set a solid goal to be sealed in the temple for ever as soon as Yessenia finishes one year as a member this December. I'm super excited and happy for what they have done for their family, their awesome. Oh yeah, after the service project, Yessenia and her sister, Ani (she was baptized back in October and preparing to serve a mission later this year), prepared lunch for us, with fresh bacon! It was one of the best things I've ever had, it was pretty awesome.
The second picture of me with family is the family Osorio de Cardenas. My first lunch in the field was with them and they have grown to be some of my best friends. They have had a few struggles these past few months but we've been able to strengthen them a lot, their great!
Well, that's all I got for today and hope you all have a great day and a fantastic week!
Con mucho amor,
|Elder Potter and Osorio Family - check out the mini missionary bobblehead Kimball is holding. It looks like him :0)|
|Yessena and Osmar with Elder Jesus and Elder Potter after a service project the red stuff they are eating is fresh bacon! Apparently it is the best stuff ever!|