Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Searching for People & the Sacrament Meeting Challenge

This is the letter we got from Benjamin on 12-1-14
Hola Familia,

How are you all doing? This week was good here. For thanksgiving I ate a vegetable stew that I had made the day before. Can’t wait to have real food next year.

We have had quite a bit of rain here these last few days. Elder Rollins and I have been working at finding people to teach this last week. We’ve had a little bit of success by passing by "old investigators" (people that listened at one point but for some reason or another, the missionaries have stopped passing by).

We found a nice family that we had been searching for, ever since we arrived here. They were listening to the missionaries that were here before us and were already committed to being baptized, but we couldn’t find the house (for lack of street name and house number). We’re extremely excited to start teaching them, it’s always so much better to teach whole families instead of just individuals, they have a lot of potential to help out the branch.

This Sunday we had the elections (glad it`s finally over) and on top of it, we had a ton of rain (which makes it difficult for the people that have to walk far to arrive.) We had 13 people this week including 3 members on assignment from the District of Rocha and me and Elder Rollins. The district president "President Rocha" extended us the challenge of having 25 people every week in the sacrament meeting as a minimum for these next few months, so we’ve been passing by a lot of inactive members and old investigators with hopes of getting more people.

President Rocha talked to us afterwards and shared some thoughts with us and something that stuck out to me was when he shared D&C 3:1 with us:
"The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught." 

He said that God has put a branch here because he knows it can grow and give fruit. We, as workers in the vineyard, should be sure that we are following the Lord`s command exactly and working diligently, like it states in Jacob 5:10, and we will see the fruits that this branch can give.
"And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard."

Well, I love you all so much!
Élder Benjamin Taylor

P.S. we have the baptism of Gladys Barboza on Saturday, so please pray for her so she can arrive to this day. 

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