Email #78

Hey family.

Just a dandy week.
The Martinez family stopped progressing last week. Sounds like they don´t want to get married. BUT, the Lemus family is doing well! They are a tad nervous about the marriage subject, but they understand why they need to do it. We are focusing alot lately on faith in Jesus Christ. We want them to know that with faith, their marriage can work out, and that they will be able to have success in life. The husband, Luis, has many worries about not having work, not having anything to feed to the wife and kids, and failure for the future. These fears come from Satan. Any thoughts that cause us to shirk and shy away from keeping the commandments are from Satan.

It´s interesting to see the patterns in the gospel. I believe once that I said that the basic purpose of life is to put life in harmony with the teachings of the gospel through repentance. This is true. Yet, the first step that leads to repentance is faith in Jesus Christ. I´ve never had investigators that progressed so slow. People normally just get baptized, get married, and change their lives. This has helped me learn more about a fundamental process: building faith. The scriptures of Mathew 6 cover it well. I´m not sure how it goes in english, but it says that we “shouldn´t worry about what to eat or what we will be clothed with.” Rather, we should “seek first the kingdom of god, and all these things will be added upon us.” Faith in Christ demands that we trust this verse, and choose to keep the commandments knowing that God will help. Yet, so many people simply choose not to trust, and rather trust their own personal experience and thought processing. That is why the Lord always says that these people “draw near unto me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” These are some good lessons I have learned lately.

We´re struggling finding new investigators, or at least people that progress. I always compare Atiquizaya to the square fishing hole on the ranch. People fish there all the time, and only pull babies out. The recent converts for the past few years are all children and teenage girls. It is a small area, and has had much success. The stake is about the size of BYU´s campus. Yet, I know there are people out there. The Lord changes peoples hearts every day. Perhaps yesterdays angry negative man is tomorrow´s baptism. Things always change.

My companion had his 21st birthday party last week, which explains the cake. We also participated in a service project for the city. We cleaned about 100 yards of trash inside this dried up river. It was fun. Those are the pictures of Elder Williams and I.

Well, I love you family. Thank you for everything.

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