What an interesting week! First off, the good parts. We had two baptisms! More about that below. On Tuesday night, we were able to take Donna, one of our investigators, to the temple, and she absolutely loved it! It was so incredible getting to take her there and walk around the temple grounds and actually get to sit inside of the front waiting room with her. She and Mynor should be some of our next baptisms!
So, the week got interesting on Wednesday. We woke up and my companion’s back really hurt. After personal study, he couldn’t take it anymore and had to go lay down. He rested from 9 am to Nnon while I was calling old investigators from the area book. After that we did divisions with Centro America, and he felt okay until the night. He woke up on Thursday and wasn’t feeling very well; in fact, he felt worse. So, we got an appointment with a back doctor, but he wasn’t in, and a physical therapist that works in the same office treated my companion. He had a therapy session of about 2 hours and left feeling pretty good. After that we did divisions with Utatlán. Within a few hours, my companion was worse than how we was before. Friday morning comes, and he is even worse. He couldn’t even really walk, so we went and picked him up in a taxi and then went to a different back doctor. This doctor injected him with a pain medicine, and then sent us downstairs to get an x-ray. So while Elder Cribas was getting the x-ray, my nurse noticed a bunch of red spots and bumps all over his back and chest. Turns out he has chicken pox!! Poor guy. I have the vaccine, but I am still very scared to get it hahaha! Anyways we went back upstairs with the x-rays so the back doctor could look at them. If he wasn’t having a bad enough day with getting chicken pox, turns out he also has scoliosis. Friday we literally didn’t work the whole day because we were with the doctor and then my companion had to rest. He cant go out in the sun because of the chicken pox, and he can’t walk because of his back pain. so he is having a hard time right now. And I’ve had the privilege care of him! Almost every one of my comps has gotten sick, and I’ve gotten to taken care of them. I feel like its good training for being a husband and father one day. Please include him in your prayers this week so that he can recover and that we can start working again!
Miracle of the Week: On Saturday, we were able to hol the baptisms of Edgar and Kathleen Lutin! They are brother and sister, and their family had been less active until the bishop started visiting them and putting goals with them. The have returned to activity in the church, and their children were able to get baptized! It was such a great baptismal service, again we were able to have a lot of support from the ward. We are so grateful with the Lord for all that He has blessed us with here in Castillo Lara, it really is incredible.
Spiritual Thought of the Week: I want to talk about one of my favorite General Conference talks from the conference that we just had. I loved President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk in the Priesthood Session on Saturday night. He talked about the relationship between light and darkness. That is one of my favorite comparisons in terms of the gospel because it is so easy to understand and see. In his talk, he said, “We will see more as we step away from the worldly shadows and step into the light that Christ offers us.” He also taught about how darkness disappears in the presence of light. Like I said, I love that relationship, light and darkness. What are we doing in our lives to invite light into our lives? If we aren’t inviting light in, we are letting darkness slowly creep in, and before we know it, we will be in a complete black out. But, if we make a conscious effort to be able to be able to stay in the light and do things that lighten the way, we will always be able to see, as if it was noon day! I invite all to reflect on what you are doing to let more light into your lives.
Well, we will see how this week goes. Hopefully Elder Cribas gets better soon because I’m starting to run out of things to read here in the house hahaha. But really, we both want to get out and start working ASAP becausewe have lots of really good people waiting for us! I guess we will have to see what happens. Other than my companion, please pray this week for Donna and Mynor so that they will decide to get married, for Robin so that he can receive his answer and be baptized this month, as well as for Flor de Maria and Edgar so that they can come to church regularly. Thanks for all of your support, I really appreciate every email that I get! Have a fantastic week! Remember to invite your friends to go to mormon.org