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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stake Conference

Que hubo familia??

Another great week!! (I think the past 10 emails have started like that, haha) This week was stake conference, and it was through satellite, we heard from Elaine S. Dalton, Elder Bednar, and Elder Scott. (It was cool because Elder Scott speaks spanish so nobody had to translate for him) The conference was broadcasted to like 50 stakes here in Mexico, according to the needs and problems that some of the wards and members are having. This week, almost every companisionship in the zone had a baptism date, so we had a baptism service with the whole zone after stake conference, it was incredible!

We had five wards that were going to have the baptism on sunday so we all met in the sacrament room to say the prayer and listen to a couple of testimonies about baptism, and then one at a time the wards went into the room with the baptismal font to watch the baptisms of their own ward. It was super spiritual and so cool to have the whole zone together in the baptismal service.

We baptized three people in the service, Nayelli, Fernanda, and Ricardo. They all have a great story behind them, I hope I have time to tell you guys everything. So Nillely came to church a couple weeks ago with her friend, who is from another ward but brought her to our ward because she lives here in the boundaries (she actually lives 4 houses over from our house) She loved church and we contacted her and started to teach her about the gospel. She grew up catholic and lives alone with her mom, her dad is in the military and she hardly ever gets to see him. She told us from the start that if she felt an answer to her prayers, she would join the church. So we have been teahcing her and she is really really receptive to the spirit, she regonized right off the bat an answer from God and learned to listen to the Holy Ghost. This week as her baptism date got closer, she was worried about some things that had happened in her past but we taught her about the atonement and that helped her to understand that baptism is how we can receive all of the blessings of the atonement. But then her mom started to get kinda mad. She said that her mom didnt agree one little bit that she was going to get baptized (Nayelli is 21 so she doesnt need permission, but its nice to have the support of your family) We kept teaching her and helping her realized that her mom would see a change in her and that she should follow the answer that she had received. The day of her interview, I was on divisions with Elder wirthlin, and while he was doing the interview I was in the other room talking to Nayellis mom. She was getting pretty worked up. She had alot of doubts and excuses of why Nayelli shouldnt be baptized and I tried the best I could to share my testimony and share scriputes with her to help her, but she wasnt really acceptting anything. Nayelli passed her interview and came back in, we talked a little bit with her mom, and when all was said and done. Nayelli told her mom that she knew the Church was true and that she was going to join it whether her mom like it or not. She was baptized on sunday and looked as happy as could be :)

The other two that we baptized were two siblings, a brother and sister. Fernanda´s mom is an inactive member and her grandparents are members and Fernanda (11 yrs old) has gone to church for a year and just loves the church. She hadnt been able to get baptized because her dad never wanted her to. Her little brother ricardo also wanted to get baptized for a long time (8 years old, we dont have the responsability to teach him because he is 8 so we just set up his interview and everthing with the bishop. Well we went to their house to talk to their dad and we have a great lesson, the spirit was really strong, and we got him to give them permission! When he told his daughter that she could get baptized, she just starting bawling so hard because she was so happy that she was going to be able to join the church. Ricardo was also really excited and it was special to be able to help them out.

It was a great week, we have been soooooo busy helping out the missionaries in the zone when they are having trouble with something that we havent reallly been working here in our area as much as you would think, but the lord has blessed us a ton for everything, and we have some great people that we are going to be teaching this week!!

I love you all so much!! Be good and enjoy your week!!

Mucho amor,

Elder Eastmond

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