Kenny is amazing. I love teaching him, because he brings the spirit. He has a strong testimony of God and repentance. The only thing he is struggling with is authority. He had an amazing repentance experience in the baptist church, and is struggling to understand that there can be more. But there is plenty of hope, because Kenny is studying the Book of Mormon and he loves it. When we showed up for our appointment on Tuesday, his Book of Mormon was open on top of his study journal. It made me super happy!
We always read many scriptures during our lessons with Kenny, because he has a deep knowledge of the scriptures. Many times when we are teaching him, he will tell us that something reminds him of a verse in the Bible. Kenny is great at scripture chains, and connecting different ideas in the scriptures. So, we were reading a scripture in Galatians about prayer, when it reminded Kenny of his lectura in the Book of Mormon, and so we turned to 2 Nephi 29. It is so cool that Kenny is starting to connect to the Book of Mormon scriptures the same way he connects to the Bible.
Carlos came to the church for one of our appointments and it was great. He met the bishop and now he knows how to get to church. Carlos always does his reading assignments, but the last time we went over, he had looked up mormons on the internet, and he found some weird anti-mormon stuff. Anti stuff is so weird. The church has to be true, because the anti-mormon material is so absurd. The only problem is that sometimes people believes it. But as long as Carlos asks God in prayer with a sincere heart, real intent and having faith in Christ, God will answer his questions, and he will come to know what is truth and what is not.
We had scheduled both of our return appointments with Carlos and Kenny for Thursday night, right after our Ward Mission Leader meeting, and we even found an exchange. During our meeting with the WML, he (the WML) randomly thought of some guy that was taught several years ago and told us that we should go find him. He lives on a dairy about 10 miles out of town. He couldn't remember his name, but he knew that he had a nickname of Pepe or something.
We found his teaching record. His name is Guillermo, and his nickname is Memo. We also found a teaching record for Manuela who lives in the same trailers.
During dinner both of our appointments called us and rescheduled for another day, and our exchange called us and told us that she couldn't come out with us. We figured that God had cleared our schedule for us, so that we could go out to that diary and try to find Guillermo, and so that is what we did.
We got to the dairy, and found 6 trailers, all of them hispanic, but we don't know which trailer is whose, so we picked one, and met Lorenzo outside in his truck. He is super nice, and invites us in to teach him and his wife. Their dog just gave birth to some puppies right next to the door, and she didn't want to let us anywhere near the door, but once we got around the dog, everything else was smooth sailing. Lorenzo and his wife are super awesome and we taught them the first lesson, and it was super powerful. The spirit was super strong. They directed us to Guillermo's trailer.
We knocked on Guillermo's trailer, and he opened. He remembers being taught, and he knows that Joseph Smith is a prophet. Cool, so we set up a return appointment with him, for another day.
And we have time to knock one last trailer. We start to approach the one that we think is Manuela's, but then their porch light turns off. We decided to wait to knock this trailer for another day, we turned around and go to the only trailer that still has a porch light on, and we found Manuela. She actually doesn't live her anymore, but was just visiting her parents for a few days. We taught Manuela and her parents a lesson, and told Manuela how to ask for the missionaries come by her new house.
Anyways, one day, lots of miracles. I can't even count them, but there were a ton of miracles relating to that dairy.
On Saturday, one of the ward member's eight year old girl was baptized. There were a whole bunch of non-members who showed up, both english and spanish. Since the baptismal service was in Spanish, I translated the talks into English. Someday I will be able to translate like a pro, but until then, practice makes perfect, right?
Hermana Julie Anna Sanchez