Monday, February 27, 2012

El poder del espíritu en los demás (The power of the spirit in others)


¿How´s it going in the States?  It is starting to cool down a bit down south...kinda.

The keyboard that I am using right now has a very small backspace buttome, so if there are calereless typos, just continue raeding and enjoy.

This was a very good week for us here in San Ignacio.  Our investigators that are progressing the most are doing very well!  Chiquita, is going to get baptized on the 10th of March.  We were able to teach the Principios del Evangelio class in church yesterday and so we took advantage and taught her the Plan of Salvation which was the last lesson we needed to teach her.  Daniel(29) we think is a hard core coffee addict...he talks and talks and talks at about 76 mph "sin cesar".  But he likes the churchs´ websites and spends a lot of time on that, so he knows a lot.  We are hoping to get a baptism lined up for him soon also.  Agustín Villegas(10) was supposed to get baptized on Saturday...but unfortunately...and fortunately we chose to wait.  I know, you are worried right now, but just wait till the next sentence.  When Elder Arnold came and visited his family with the Bishop and Stake pres, they were able to talk to Geronimo Guiñazú, Agustín´s stepfather, and bring up the option of Geronimo getting baptized and having the opportunity to receive the priesthood right after the baptism and getting to baptize Agustín.  All that is against what it tells us in Preach My Gospel, but a general authority overrides that manual when he feels so prompted by the spirit.  We weren´t able to meet up with Geronimo until Saturday night for a Noche de Hogar(FHE) because he has been really sick.  We watched the Testaments and he started feeling the spirit a little, but didn´t quite have the nerve to tell us too much of his feelings because he is a bit timid.  We had a really really good lesson with him yesterday night where we got the opportunity to just talk to him and his wife(who we just reactivated recently and has a super strong testimony).  We came in with the want to be a bit more bold and talk to him about what he had talked to Elder Arnold about last week.  Let´s just say that that lesson last night changed that man´s life in every way. There is a power that comes with the spirit when we have the right atmosphere to talk about eternal families.  He also opened up to us enough to agree to receive a priesthood blessing, which was just the topping of the truth that he didn´t even know that he was searching for.  We commited him to pray and ask if baptism in this church is the right path for him.  But if he didn´t have a change of heart last night, I don´t know what else would do it.  

¡The mission is Awesome!

Everything else is going pretty well here.  Elder Wixom´s thumb is doing okay.  He had a couple stitches fall out before they were supposed to, but all is good.  We also had some really good doors slammed in the face this past week and Elder Wixom even got spat on by some rotten adolescent on his bike.  I don´t know how it is for a lot of missionaries, but sometimes I enjoy a bit of minor persecution.  I remeber reading a scripture this week that talked about how we should rejoice if we are getting persecution while wearing the name of Christ upon us.  That is really how Christ lived his whole life.  That is one of the things that makes the mission so unique, because there is no other way you can experience these things except on the mission.  But really, every member of the church has made covenants with the Lord to take his name upon us every week.  And if we do that, He promises us that we will have His spirit to be with us.  So represent Him well at all times, in all things, and in all places.  "May the Spirit be with you"

Saludos a toda mis amados y mis amigos en una tierra muy alejado.  Espero que todos estén sanos y bien.  Gracias por todo el apoyo y las oraciones por los misioneros que toman sobre sí el nombre de Jesucristo.  Continúen a mantenernos en sus oraciones.(Greetings to all my beloved and my friends in a land far away. I hope you are all healthy and well. Thank you for all the support and the prayers for missionaries who take on the name of Jesus Christ. Continue to keep us in your prayers.)

Con Cariño, 

Elder Larisch

¡La Iglesia es Verdadera!