Monday, January 12, 2015

Resurgence in Resurgimiento

Hello everyone, we had a good week here in Resurgimiento. 

Before transfers with the old District
So I now have a new companion named Elder Pastor. He`s a really good Elder who is from the State of Mexico (only about 2 or 3 hours away) and has been out in the mission for about 4.5 months. We get along well, and we teach well together too. He also really knows his scriptures. So on Tuesday, we had changes, and Elder Mendoza, Burgess, and Garrido all went out of Puebla to Tlaxcala. Elder Mendoza right now is a district leader and training a new American, Elder Burgess is a Zone Leader somewhere is Tlaxcala, and Elder Garrido is actually with my trainer Elder Delgado. The three new elders that came here to the ward are my comp, Elder Pastor, and two Zone Leaders who are Elder Villa and Bartschi. I haven`t gotten to know them really well, but they`re good Elders as well.

So we had a pretty normal week after the transfers, the next day we had a District Meeting and I met the two new Hermanas in the District. They`re named Hermanas Guadarrama and Cherrez. La Hermana Meek is actually training Guadarrama and Cherrez is a sister training leader with Hna. Dapper. So the district is basically completly new, with five new people, but we`re still a strong district! I expect to see a lot of progress in these two wards here in this next transfer.

Selfie (1)
So after the district meeting we worked like normal. Not a lot with investigators but a lot with less active members. We`ve been having a hard time finding new investigators but that changed on Sunday! So on Sunday we found 7 new investigators. After church we had a lesson with a guy who lives on the same street as us a few houses down from us. So we had always talked with him in the street because he`s known other Elders in the past. When we had the lesson he told us that he had already read the Book of Mormon. It caught us off guard a little, and we asked him if he prayed to know if the book is true. He told us that when he read it, he prayed and didn`t feel anything right after, but that night he had a dream, in which the prophet Nephi came to him dressed in a tunic. So that was a pretty good lesson. He accepted baptism but he wanted to come to church first to learn more as well.

Selfie (2) with Elder Burgess
Later that day we had an appointment with a woman who contacted us in the street. We were knocking on a door on Friday and she came to us and asked us if we visited people and if we could help her with family problems. We were pretty excited when she told us that. So it turns out that she has family in the US who are members, and they have told her what a change the gospel has made in their lives, and in their families. So she and her three children were really receptive, and also accepted baptism. We also taught one of her neighbors. Pretty good lesson as well.

Selfie (3)
That day we also had a lesson with one of our investigators who is named Valeria, who is nine and has been attending church for months now. We finally ran into her mother and the boyfriend of her mother. They told us that they don`t want Valeria attending church anymore because she always comes home angry. We think its because she wants to be baptized but her mother won`t let her. So we talked with them about the church, and how the gospel can bless families. The lesson went alright, but it changed at the end when we asked the mother to pray. She told us she didn`t know how, so we taught her the formula and then asked her to pray. When she prayed, the spirit was there very strong, and she and her boyfriend were crying. It was a pretty awesome experience.

Yup, pretty average tough week until yesterday. We hope to continue to find new investigators and to be able to help the ones we`ve found progress. Finding all of these people really strengthened my testimony that Heavenly Father is either guiding us into the path of people that are being prepared, or guiding them into our path. We`ve seen a lot of miracles this week, and are hoping to see them continue into these coming weeks. 

Well, see you all later!

-Elder Hartvigsen

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