This week has been a great week, for Elder Castro and I personally as well as the Maranga Zone. As a zone, we improved in every key indicator, except for less actives activated. That is our ´humble point´. We´ve got to get going with the informes de miembros nuevos y reactivados so that the less actives start to progress. We´re working with the stake on the 15 names in ward council, but it´s a slow ´repentance process´.
This week we had two intercambios [exchanges], one with the assistants, and one with Elder Mallea. Elder Mallea is a great missionary. While we worked together in his sector, Elder Coloma and Elder Castro worked miracles in our own sector:
Rodrigo was baptized yesterday! Along with Rosa, the mother of a recent convert who has waited SO MANY YEARS to be baptized. Half her family are members for 20 or 30 years...but she is loving having the spirit with her always! She is so happy!
Rodrigo is super excited to share the gospel with everybody and their dog, and is seriously thinking about going to serve a mission. What an amazing experince to be trusted with someone so important and prepared like Rodrigo. He has shared with his friend, Martin, who, in turn, recieved a miracle answer where he heard a voice confirm that what we are teaching him is the truth. He is preparing for baptism on May 3rd.
I´m learning at 100mph!
Testifico que el Libro de Mormon es la palabra del Señor, la qual lleva un poder inspirador que elimina la tentacion y supera el pesar. Sé que nuestros caminos son preparados según nuestros deseos, y que el espiritu mora en un otro nivel de pensar (Isaias 55:7.8) lo cual podemos alcanzar por medio de la oracion y el ayuno. Testifico de la importancia del dia de reposo, y de los attributos de Cristo.
[I testify that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, which brings inspired power to remove temptation and overcome grief. I know that our life paths are prepared according to our desires, and that the spirit dwells in another level of thinking which can be reached through prayer and fasting. (Isaiah 55:7-8 for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord...). I testify of the importance of the Sabbath day, and the the attributes of Christ.]
I love the work! It´s physically exhausting and spiritually vivifying! Keep the faith!
Love, Elder Hicken