Monday, September 23, 2013

Hola de Hoy

"Sometimes God needs to chastize His servants the Missionaries" - Elder Whitton

Todo está bien aquí en San Silvestre!

We didn´t have any of our investigators in church today, which was a little bit of a let down, and we´re having trouble applying what we´re learning when we can´t get into the houses of our investigators to teach them! But we´re working on applying what we can and trusting in the Lord to do the rest. Personally, I´m confused on why he keeps giving us work to do, when we can´t handle what we´ve got! 

After our Cornelius a few weeks ago (who works from 8am-11pm in his internet, which is always full, so it is very difficult to teach him), we haven´t stopped getting references from Elders, members and investigators, even though we haven´t been asking like we should, and yesterday E´Lopez told us that a family came to their ward asking to meet our bishop and get a priesthood blessing and be baptized. And they live in our sector. We must be doing something right, but as of now, I´m still trying to figure out what it is.

We plan to refocus on a few investigators to teach in a way that looks forward to attending church on Sunday, and makes it a more important part of teaching them. One way we are going to do so is having more lessons with members, utilizing our new ward mission leader, and by preparing the investigators to receive revelation in church classes by teaching them the basics of that week´s Gospel Principles lesson as part of the missionary lessons. That way in the class they will be full of more ´how?´ questions and not ´why?´ questions.

Just to clarify, this isn´t normal, even for ´south american missionaries´. Our sector is the best one in the whole mission, which is the best in the world, so natually our sector is the best in the world. But really, we are so blessed that there is not room enough to recieve it. And I don´t even have tithing to pay...

We´ve been formally asked by our Bishop to teach the missionary lessons to the less active members of our ward, focusing on the kids who are of seminary age. I know our Bishop has the power to recieve revelation in order to take care of our ward, and I am appreciative to be a part of fulfilling his needs. 

This morning I got a letter from Josh and Brynn! Super cool to see and hear a little bit about Hong Kong! So crazy how spead out our family is! 

This month we´ve been super focused on working with members, specifically the leaders. We´ve been instituting the Obra de Salvación, instead of the Obra misional. Let us know when you start talking about that!

Love, Elder Hicken

Hurrah for Israel!

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