Monday, January 24, 2011

Kamusta po kayo,

I don't know about all of you back home, but time seems to be speeding up; it feels like I just emailed yesterday. We have been blessed these past few days for investigators, but they came straight from the Lord and not any finding on our part. We have had a few people come to church a couple of times that we hadn't noticed weren't members. We started talking to them and of course they were willing to let us go to their homes to teach them.

One person, whose name is Mary Rose, was one of those people who started coming to church without us ever meeting her. We went to her home to teach when we found out that she had already asked her parents if she could be baptized (all of this happened before our first contact with her). We gave her a baptismal date in the first lesson and she quickly accepted. We thought that was great until we found out that Mary Rose's parents wanted all of their children to go to church and to listen to us! We still don't even know how they found out about the church. Her parents are always working so we haven’t been able to teach them, but we will fast and pray that the Lord will make time so they can listen and go to church like their children.

We have another investigator that I'm really hoping will come to church this week. All of her family has been baptized, but in the six months that she has been listening to the missionaries with her husband, she hasn't really progressed towards baptism. I only got to meet her when we went to talk with her husband, but when I met her, the spirit was really strong about her being ready for the gospel.

We have taught her a few times now and I've been told that she is accepting our message a lot more than she ever has in the past. I've had a lot of spiritual experiences teaching her where the spirit has told me exactly what needed to be said, and she has begun to understand why the gospel is important. With the help of the spirit, she went from sitting in the corner to actually reading the Book of Mormon and praying. It has been fun having the spirit work through us to do the things we need to do.

Love, Elder Smith

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