It was an awesome week. It was interesting to experience this scripture and see the mercies of the Lord this week.
The beginning of the week started off pretty iffy. Elder Ramos was sick Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Friday we had to go to Comitan for some baptismal interviews and exchanges with the zone leaders. So we only worked 2 full days this week in our area but the Lord blesses us according to our needs, diligence and obedience. Even though we hardly worked this week in Comalapa he blessed us so much.
Giermo is awesome! He’s so faithful and wants so bad to know the truth. We talked about the book of Mormon with him a lot this week. He can’t read but that doesn’t prevent someone from feeling the spirit. Every time we ask him to offer the prayer, he cries. We ended up giving him a blessing this week cause he’s got some problems with his spinal discs. After the blessing, with tears in his eyes, he promised us he was coming to church and he fulfilled that promise and absolutely loved it. He promised us to go next week and I know he will.
I don’t know if I told you about this man named Adrian. We contacted him last week. We weren’t able to meet with him this week but we saw him on the street on Thursday night and invited him to church... HE CAME! And loved it too! Turns out he’s the neighbor of Giermo.
After picking up Giermo and Adrian Sunday we walked in the church and there were two people sitting in the back that I didn’t recognize. Elder Ramos and I introduced ourselves and they told us that they decided in the morning that they were going to go find a church to attend. So they got up Sunday morning, got dressed and went looking for a church to go to. They asked a woman on the street for a church to go to and it was our relief society president! At the end of church we took down their information and are going to visit them this week!
Sunday was a very special day too because our branch president, President Hernandez announced to the branch that we are very close to getting a chapel. He’s been talking with the district president and it looks like were actually really close to qualifying for one. Basically all we need is 60 people at church for one month straight and 7 Melchizedek priesthood holders that are active and pay their tithing. In December we’ll have 5 active tithing paying priesthood holders, and out of the 90 members and handful of investigators that we have, we’re definitely going to get to 60 in attendance!
We’re all so excited. The ward gave us a bunch of referrals after the announcement. We’re going to have to work really hard, but we can definitely do it. If everything turns out as planned by March we’ll have our 7th Melchizedek priesthood holder and definitely our 60 members attending regularly. We’re so excited and I’m very grateful to be a part of this truly pioneering experience in Comalapa. After my mission when I return to Comalapa again I’ll know I’ll be able to walk into the Comalapa branch’s newly built chapel.
From what I’ve seen this week, it’s that the Lord blesses us ALWAYS as long as we do our part and if we lack, he makes up the rest. The church is true. It’s beautiful and it is the only way we can be happy. Even though in the last letter I expressed some sadness, the mission is incredible, it’s truly the best time and happiest I’ve had in my life. I Love you all greatly. See you all in a month!