Todo está bien aquí en San Silvestre!
We had a good week this week. Although we lost 2 investigadores on date due to not coming to church, we invited two others, in whom the ward is much more focused. We also have one more ready to accept a date, which we will invite in our next appointment.
I had two exchanges this week, one with E´Warren in Los Jardines, and one with E´Cassanova in my own area. With E´Warren we talked quite a bit about learning spanish, and about teaching efficiently and simply. They´re doing great, and I´m learning from being their district leader. I´ve finally learned how to invite people to baptism, which has been my greatest weakness since day one. They also had many young children on date, without permission. We discussed it during the exchange and in district meeting as well, and they are now striving to teach not only the kids, but also the parents.
In our zone we seem to have many companionships with the same problem: companionship unity. I talked to E´Cassanova about it in our exchange, and he expressed the same concern, and we instituted ´trust falls´ into the zone meeting this morninig.
Francisco has experienced several miracles (from our point of view) in this past week. First, his heart changed. I don´t know what happened, but when E´Burgos and E´Walstrohm visited him, he accepted a baptisimal invitation, and said he would pray to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true. Second, in compliance with the feeling I´ve had since we first found him, he was finally able to come to a baptism , in spite of conflicts he had told us he would have. What tender mercies to let us know that we aren't alone in our fight to help God´s children, especially Francisco, make sacred covenants with their Father in Heaven. He plans to be baptized .
We also have a young woman on date for the following week, named Claudia. She is very shy, but seems to be doing well, and always follows through on her commitments. She even calls us ahead of time to let us know if she will be late for an appointment, or why she can´t come to church. She only has 2 attendances, and one was General Conference, and the other the Primary Program, so we really want her to see what a normal sacrament meeting is like.
Well that´s my time! Thank you for all your support! (and the music)
Love, Elder Hicken
Hurrah for Israel!