We are starting to see some fruits from our labors (well blossoms really, but I know that they can turn into fruits). We are starting to find people who are interested in the gospel and we are starting to receive referrals from the members. We have set 3 baptismal dates for January, and miracles are starting to happen.
We set a baptismal date with Luz! We have been working with her for a while. She has been regularly attending church for the past 5 months. We have been encouraging her to pary about a baptismal date for the last few weeks, and she has always been very reluctant whenever we started talking about baptism.
But Wednesday night, we were talking about the blessings that come from being baptized. We read Moroni 8:25. Her kids were being very loud and distracting, so our exchange followed the impressions of the spirit and took them outside to play. (Members really are the best! Normally it is the testimonies of the members and friendship by the members that make all the difference, but this time it was a member helping to provide a atmosphere where the Spirit could be present.)
Luz read the scripture again and we started talking about what remissionof sins means. Hermana Facer talked about how all your sins are washed away and you are clean, when Luz asked about what happens if you mess up after you are baptized. We talked about how there is only one perfect person and the church isn't a place for perfect people; it is a place for sinners who are trying to come to God. We also talked about how the sacrament renews our baptismal covenants, if we partake of it worthily, then we are clean once more.
And then someone we set a baptismal date. I'm not sure exactly what happened. But Luz said something about not wanting to get baptized ahorita. I asked her why not, and she said that we wanted to do it when all her family is there, and with the Holidays, many of them are going to different places. So, we set a date for the middle of January when all her family can be there!
We asked Luz what had changed, because she has always been so reluctant to even talk about baptism, and she said that she guessed that the Spirit has been working on her!!!
We were able to set another baptismal date as well with Javier on Thursday. We just met Javier this week, and taught him a 5 minute lesson outside his door. We came back with a member to teach a full lesson, and the Spirit was super strong during the lesson. Javier is from Honduras and is here working two jobs to save enough money for his wife and 4 year old daughter to come here as well. He is super busy, but he has a sincere desire to learn more and follow Christ.
Yesterday, Friday, was a crazy day. It was the day that the world was supposed to end according to the Mayan calendar, and there must have been something in the air, because it seemed that all the people we were talking to were a little bit crazy. One man starting trying to convince Hermana Facer that she needed to marry his son in Mexico. Another one started telling us all about his life, and something about declining a $50,000 job because he found Jesus.
Hermana Facer and I are getting ready for Christmas. I am super excited for Christmas here in Denton. It is going to be amazing!
Merry Christmas Y'all! Feliz Navidad!
-Hermana Julie Anna Sanchez