Monday, May 19, 2014

Has it Been a Week or a YEAR?! Elder Jacob Avery

Written by Elder Jacob Avery, serving in the Peru Lima West Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking Spanish.

This week really was one of the longest weeks of my life. I just wish that we had gotten more things done. Elder Aldana and I have gotten to the point where we just keep hitting a titanium barrier between us and the hearts of the people. Who knew some people would be so difficult?

On the bright side, we're thinking about being more creative in how we find new investigators. We received a huge box of copies of the Book of Mormon and are thinking about setting up a table in the market. It's a huge, gross, smelly, dirty environment, but half the city is in the market at any given moment. The nice thing is it's open and free for anyone to set up a stand and sell, in our case give away, stuff. We're  planning on doing it this week, so hopefully I'll have something cool to talk about next week. 

The family that was supposed to get baptized in two weeks confessed that they aren't actually legally married. :( Plus they're leaving town for a few weeks to harvest their family's field. It's kind of a mess. On the bright side, they have more time to read the Book of Mormon :)

I'm sending a picture of baptisms we had in the ward this week. We baptized in a new spot in the river and it was sooo pretty. It was really loud, but so worth it. We made the pool by stacking rocks to make a dam and prayed that it wouldn't rain that night to wash it all away. It all worked like a charm. One of the guys who got baptized was super excited the next day and kept talking about how awesome his baptism was and how awesome it felt. That's really when you know that baptism is for the remission of sins. When we demonstrate to God in such a manner that we are willing to keep His commandments our whole lives and repent of our wrongs, you can believe He forgives our sins the moment we come out of the water.

So, the thing that's most important is patience and charity. As a missionary, we literally rescue God's children by bringing them to the Savior. We need to work the way Christ would work if we are to have success. When we love the people and lead them along, and they're ready, they'll come. Just pray that you find the people who are ready.

Have a great week everyone! Be good!

Elder Avery

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