Kimberly was confirmed yesterday!! It was super special to be a part of that experience with her and we could see her example definately made an impact on her whole family. Kind of a week with a few ups and downs, but all are kind of like that. This last week, we had a couple of really special lessons with one of our progressing investigators Luis (who was recently known as Daniel, but changed his name) who is 16 years old. He had a few doubts, but in the end took up the invitation to go through the baptismal interview. A few days later, Elder Reed (our DL) came over and asked him the six questions and he passed! It was the interview I have been the least sure about and it sounded like Luis is going through with a lot of faith. Coming back that night with his Mom finding out about the news, they embraced together in a close conversation about what was going to happen. I know she is very happy because he had never been to any church before. Maybe that was the answer he has looking for. We put the date forso that they could both be there. His Mom, Gloria, plans to be baptised the following week during General Conference weekend. It should be a very special conference.
On the other side, Karla and her family said that, for family troubles, they weren't going to go to Church anymore. Opposite of what should happen in that kind of situation, but not much we can do about that. I remember the words of our ward mission leader when he recommended to us that we should really focus on why our investigators need to be baptized, not just that they do so. It made us think enough to go to chapter 6 in Preach My Gospel as Elder Preciado and I decided to retake the quiz at the end to see how we were developing as missionaries. I invite you all to do the same this week. End of chapter 6, Preach my Gospel, take the quiz. Taking up our ward missionary leader's advice, the next lesson, we asked another investigator, Inocente, why he wanted to be baptized. He said he wanted to really change, to start over because of some mistakes he had made in the past. He really needs repentance.
Yesterday marks the four year mark of my Dad's passing from this life to the Spirit World and one of the blessings from that trial is the opportunity to connect on a new level with people who have gone through similar trials. However, I have also noticed that some people aren't looking for that kind of answer. Sometimes they don't want to hear about what happened to their grandma or uncle. What some people really NEED is sometimes the message of the Restoration, or in the case of Inocente, repentance and baptism. As I remember my Dad's great example, I'm also reminded of how blessed we are to have the fulness of the gospel in our lives and that this is the time to progress to become more Christ-like. Love you all, take care!!