What a week this week. It was definitely a hard one but it ended great. Carolina was baptized in our ward. She was an investigator of the hermanas. Elder White baptized her and the Spirit was incredible. The four missionaries sang at her baptism. I have pictures but I forgot my camera with me so I´ll send them next week if I remember.
We didn´t end up having our baptisms, and for that reason, it was a tough week. Olga and Jorge told us that they didn´t want to keep following this path so we had to drop them. Domingo was supposed to be baptized but they day we were supposed to have his baptismal interview, he was sick and he was at the doctors so he didn´t come to church either. Frederico, the son, didn´t come to church either. And that was really tough for me because the day before we had a great lesson with him and the spirit was so strong.
But what made my week better was having the opportunity to give Hermana Tovar a blessing. She speaks English so I gave it in English. I don´t remember exactly what I said, but I remember thinking just how blessed I am to have the power of God on the earth. And no matter how many times we get rejected as missionaries, we have the truth. And it´s sad to see other people reject it.
We had a cool experience this week that was crazy. Elder White and I contacted a house and two 20 year old boys answered the door and they were interested. We went back the next day and they were gone but their little brother who is 18 was there. His name is Martin. He told us that his brothers were working but he was interested in the church. He read the intro to the Book of Mormon and seven chapters because his brothers left it on the TV. He told us that he had been searching for the truth and that he felt that he had found it. It was truly a miracle. We taught him and he told us that he wanted to be baptized. We invited him to seminary the next day and he accepted. We were so excited. We went back the next day and he came out and told us that he doésn´t think the church is true. He told us that he wants to live life, he doesn´t agree with the stuff that Mormon´s believe in (stuff with the law of chastity-he found it on the internet) and he doesn´t want to be a missionary. We talked to him and then his mom came out and got really mad at us and told us to not to ever call Martin again. Wow. That moment was incredibly hard for me. It was so unexpected. I prayed hard for Martin that night.
The next day, Elder Merenluoto (he´s Finnish) and I were waiting for a bus, it was full so we waited for the next one. We got on, and two stops later, Martin got on. That was incredible because we weren´t even by his house. I didn´t want to bug him about the church, but I had a feeling to say something. I talked to him and he told me what happened. He said that what he told us the second day was all a lie and that his mom made him say those things. He still believes in the BoM. His mom made him delete our number from his phone so we couldn´t contact him. So I gave him our number and he put a different contact name for it. Then I told him to read and pray every night. He told me not to call him in fear of his family finding out. So I told him to call us when he feels comfortable. It was truly a miracle that we saw him again. A blessing from the Lord. I still haven´t heard from him and I´m not sure what is going to happen, but I realized that day that the Lord´s hand is all over this work and he will provide a way for us to be in the right place at the right time if we have faith. It was a great experience for me and I hope that one day Martin can receive the fullness of the gospel.
I was happy to hear about home and Disneyland. Good luck to Dad. He´s prepared for these callings. He´s been an incredible example to me. Thanks for all the love and support. Love you all!
Love Elder Bosco II