Monday, December 26, 2016

Feliz Dia de Gracias! - November 26, 2016

Hello Everyone! Well this week was an awesome week, even though they don't celebrate Thanksgiving here and they had their Black Friday last week it was still a fun week that we got to celebrate. On Thursday Sister Madsen and President invited the office staff over to their house to have dinner and it was great. It was just like home and everything was so good. We were more grateful for the experience though and grateful to have an amazing President and his wife. They truly are the best and we are so grateful for them. Anyways so this week has been really kind of slow for us. It has been hard because we have had a lot of work to do in the offices but someone cut the internet line to the whole neighborhood and we haven't had internet for a week. Each day we have had to go in and see if there was any and there wasn't so it was a huge waiting game...and there still isn't internet there so we will see when it comes. But anyways with the work that we did do this week it was awesome to see the way that everyone is progressing. Tomorrow we have the baptism of Angel, a kid that is 11 years old but the great part is that we were able to reactivate his family and now his Uncle is going to be baptizing him. It will be a great experience. We also found a new investigator named Belen and she is awesome too!! She came to church this last week after just 1 time teaching her and she loves it because she is able to feel the peace there. Actually that has been the story with a lot of people this week. We have 3 or 4 investigators that never went to school, don't know how to read, yet they can feel the spirit working in them and they want it for the peace that they feel throughout the week. I am grateful for a gospel that is easy to understand but that brings us an indescribable peace to our hearts. The sad news for this week is that Madai was set to get baptized in a week. We asked her mom for permission and she didnt give it. Madai was downtrodden and it was hard for her to take it. It was hard to see her crying and saying how sad she was because now she couldn't receive those blessings until she is 18. We taught 3 lessons to her this week all about the Atonement and Faith to find the power to get through any trial. I have never seen anyone that has such great faith as she does. She was so sure about it that she told us that she knew that if she did all that she could to exercize her faith and ask for the enabling power of the atonement that she could receive permission to be baptized before January 21. It was a huge testament of the simple power of faith. In 2 hours we are going to Nochixtlan for a baptism. While I was there it was a hard experience because everyone there is Catholic and never wanted to accept us. If some of you remember we found a family of kids that were the nicest kids ever. Anyways well the kids are all getting baptized today and they asked me to come back to baptize one of them. I am so excited and even though there was not a lot of success that we had there it is amazing to see now that they are being baptized and now I can see the reason I was sent there for only 1 change, to be able to find them. It has been a week where we have seen a lot of the fruits of our labor. I know that I say that a lot but the Lord is blessing us. I have tried to simply give thanks to him and I have seen the windows of heaven opened unto us with all of these blessings this week. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and that we have so much to be grateful for. The computer I am using right now is not letting me send pictures so I will send them on Monday when there is internet in the offices (hopefully) Alrighty have a great week thank you for all of your support and love!! Elder Peterson

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