So this week was super great! On Tuesday we had a reunion with President Erickson and the asistentes and with my old zone, Canto Chico. It was an awesome conference! President Erickson and Elder Nielson, one of the asistentes, talked about being a good servant and they rocked it! They talked about the parable of the talents and how we need to exercise them for the benefit of others. Elder Nielson talked about how we are really all leaders, of our areas, of ourselves, for our companions and that God doesn't bless us with "rest", he blesses us with more opportunities to serve and exercise more "mayordomìa" (sorry, I honestly have no clue what that word means in English) (it means stewardship). Being a missionary and called by the Lord and Prophet have helped me appreciate being a servant, it is a blessing, not a load. It also gave me some great ideas on how to lead my district lift them up like it says in DyC 84:106, si alguien is fuerte en espìritu, debe elevar a las demás personas con èl. God blesses us with opportunities, I hope that we all serve willing and happy so the Lord can say to us some day, "bien, buen siervo fiel" (Well done, good and faithful servant) and bless us to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Also, I've been working a lot more with the sisters in my district, Hermana Ricconi and Hermana Hurd and it was great to do a work visit with them and help them out. We've really been working with one of their investigators, Benjamin Lopez. I made a goal for the district to rescue a less active and baptize this month, sì o sì, so with the help of the Spirit, we did it this week. Yesterday I was able to do the final interview for Benjamin and he was baptized in the afternoon. I got to baptize him and it was a really special moment. After the baptism he was so happy that he knelt down in the water and started praying, I knelt down with him and we were able to pray and thank God for baptism and what it really is for a minute or two. It was great to see him give thanks to God for that, he is going to be a great convert.
Golden investigator! So two weeks ago we contacted this lady named Carmen in the street and taught her, took out another cita and when we went she wasn't there, but her nephew, Gabriel, was there. Hes 15 years old and has had a super hard life. Hes been a delinquent and has some very hard disciplinary councils for youth and things like that for some stuff he has done. We started to teach him and it was tough to find what he needed, but after we gained his confidence we knew he needed The Plan of Salvation. We taught it to him and it was amazing. At first he told us that he didn't really know if God existed, but at the end of the lesson, he couldn't deny it. We invited him to pray to know if God existed and he said he would, but wasn't so sure about it. Well, when we went back two days later, he told us he knew God existed. The night before he had gotten in a fight with his older brother and it was really bad, his mom separated him and he went to his room in tears, mad, frustrated and lost. He overheard his mom talking to his brother about sending him to the correction center again, he didn't know what to do. But then something told him to pray. "Recordè que Elder Potter y Elder Alvarez me habìan dicho que tengo que orar, dijo" (He remembered Elder Potter and Elder Alvarez had told me that I have to pray, he said). So he did. It was about 4:00 AM when he said his prayer for the first time in his life. Not even 10 minutes later, his brother entered the room and asked him for forgiveness. They healed the broken bond of brotherhood, in that moment he knew that God existed. He is going to be baptized on the 14 of Noviembre. He hangs out with us almost every day, he has a lot of potential.
Were working with a few other people. To name a few, Benita this older lady that was a "testigo de jehova" (Jehovah's witness) but that now has a baptismal date. Ederico, who has been battling with an addiction to cigarros and a few other things, he has had a few baptismal dates but keep falling in addiction. But were not losing any faith! He can do it. I'll write more about some awesome people next week.
Well, that is all I got time for. Love you all a ton! Have a great week! Be smart and find chances to serve!
Con mucho amor,
|Benjamin and Elder Potter|
|Benjamin and Elder Potter, Hermanas Ricconi and Hurd|