Buenos dias, familia y amigos!
This week was wonderful. Remember how the trial of our faith always comes before the blessings? Well, this week Heavenly Father blessed us to find one of His elect children who is ready to be baptized. 🙂 Her name is Diana Cruz, and she has a sister in one the other Spanish branches here in Tucson. She is amazing! We went over on Tuesday to meet her. She’s from Sonora, Mexico, has two children, Jason and Paulette, ages 4 and 1, and a husband, Pelegrin, that is serving in the army in Afghanistan right now. I’m not sure how long he’s been over there for, but it would be a hard job to take care of two young children in a country that doesn’t speak much of your language! While they were all living in Kansas a few years ago, she and her husband investigated the Church a few times, but never felt quite ready. Well, she told us that now she feels that something is literally drawing her towards the Church. She wants to be a part of it and wants the blessings it brings for her children. Before inviting us over to teach her the lessons again, she asked her Heavenly Father in prayer if she was making the right decision, and she got a very strong, sweet answer that she was. 🙂 She is such an example to me of faith! This Sunday in church, Diana leaned over to ask me if we can do baptisms on any day of the week; the reason being that she wants to be baptized on her birthday, December 12th, a Friday. I joyfully replied that we could! Doesn’t that show the faith she has in that special covenant that she will enter into? For the rest of her life, on her birthday, she will remember the commitment she made to follow her Lord and Savior. 🙂 I just love the privilege of being able to see the goodness in these people and the way that their faith and righteous desires grow as they come to Jesus Christ.
This was also a special experience for me because it was an answer to specific prayer. A few weeks ago in Branch Council, Presidente Gonzales informed us that, in order to reach the goal for the number of baptisms they would have this year, we needed three more. That meant that each missionary companionship needed to have one more baptism before the year was out. That really hit me as a worthy goal, and so I prayed with as much faith as I could muster that Heavenly Father would bless us with the ability to help the El Rio reach their goal. He did! I am amazed over, and over again how the Lord is so ready and willing to bless us when we exercise faith in Him and do our part. Feed your righteous desires – especially your desire to become more like Christ. Plead with Him in prayer to help you and bless you to know what to do!
I love you all! I’m about out of time, but please, as you reflect on the things that you are grateful for this week, search for ways to show that gratitude. I know the gratitude you feel will blossom and grow and you share it!