What a wonderful week we were blessed with. The blessings, miracles and powerful spiritual experiences we have had make this week the best week of my mission thus far.
We are the proud teachers of three beautiful families who all have dates to be baptized this month. I can't help but get teary eyed watching their eyes light up as they see us on their doorstep ready to share more with them. They were so prepared for us by the Lord, and as led by the Spirit, we are able to teach them everything they need to know and do to live with their Heavenly Father again.
While teaching a lesson, the Spirit will fill the entire room, so much so that I feel the very walls won’t be able to contain it’s power. Our words and messages sound so familiar to them. It’s beautiful to see the way the Spirit touches their hearts. They’ll say, “Why do I feel this wonderful burning in my chest”, or “Why do I feel like I’m going to cry tears of happiness?”. The power of the Holy Ghost is central to conversion, and I couldn’t be more grateful for him and the ability he has to dwell within us.
Seeing the difference in their lives from our first visit to now is as clear as night and day. Their eyes now sparkle with the light of Christ, even so much that their very countenances have changed. The happiness the knowledge of the gospel has brought to their lives is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
We were teaching a lesson on the Plan of Salvation to one of our families who has recently lost a loved one. The lesson was going so beautifully, that I couldn’t help but feel something different about this lesson than that of the others. We were on our knees at the end of the lesson. The father of the family was offering the prayer, when I was blessed with one of the most spiritual experiences I have had thus far. I felt the presence of an angel in the room with us. She was standing behind me, watching over her family as they prayed together for the first time. She was so proud of them, and so proud of us for leading them to the path they were destined to take. The second he said Amen she departed. I’m sure we not only had her helping hand in the lesson, but will in the lessons to come.
I had not recognized the presence of an angel in my life before. After this experience I found myself exhausted for the rest of the evening. Her presence was too strong for my little mortal body to handle. I’m just grateful I was spiritually prepared enough to have been blessed with such a wonderful experience that I will be able to treasure for the rest of my life. It also reminded me of how important this work is, even so that we have help from the other side.
One of our other families asked me to choose the middle name of their 2 year old son! I felt so honored and decided Miguel would be the perfect fit. They are inscribing his birth certificate tomorrow so they can be married by the end of this month. Instead of hearing “Jesus! Ven aquí!” We now hear “Jesus Miguel!”. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? =)
The father of our last family received a priesthood blessing for help with his addictions. The Spirit touched his heart so strongly, that he has promised never to break the word of wisdom again. Miracles happen every single day on the mission.
We got to meet our new mission President this week. When I met his wife, she gave me a hug which she said was from my mom. I could feel my mother hugging me right through her. We both cried, haha!
Anyways, I love you guys sooo much! Its only 5 months till Christmas, 6 months till my birthday, and 7 months after that I’m home! Have a wonderful week! I will talk to you all soon!
Con mucho cariño,
p.s. Mom! I'm on my very last pair of contacts and need new ones asap =)