|Ben and Guatemala!|
Hello all!"Mixta" means mixed for those who don't speak Español. A lot of different things happened this week, but I'll only tell a few of the main ones. First of all, we have another investigator with a baptismal date! His name is Luis and he is the boyfriend of one of the youth in the branch. He is super awesome and understands everything we teach him. He has come to church 4 weeks in a row and he has plans to be baptized the 29th of November! God really does prepare people for us to find and teach.
|Sister Cerrato was going home so they bought her funeral flowers|
On a more interesting level, I had my first 2 experiences with true Catholics. I should've read your letter more carefully, Brian. But even so, the more difficult one wouldn't have listened. He had his ears so plugged it was basically impossible to talk to him. He asked a really good question at the beginning: "What is your foundation?" Then he never gave us time to really answer him, and he went on about how our "sect" is just like all the others and that it's false and has no foundation, and that the Catholic church is an apostolic church.The other pretended to know a lot about Catholicism, but used the wrong scriptures to try to prove his points, so we knew he didn't really know much. Our lesson with him went a lot better, but he never responded to our questions directly so who knows whether he prayed about it or not. We may stop by one of these days. It is always a very sad thing to see people so blinded by pride and ignorance, that claim to know Christ, but give no room for Him in their hearts. But we have planted seeds. The Lord has plans for all of us, and one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
|Elder Ben (plus an extra 10 pounds!)|
This week we had another miraculous experience with obedience. We were working with a youth named Herbert in a part of our area far away from San Juan and it was time for dinner and get back to the house. Only mini buses and pickup trucks drive up that way, and the mini buses were almost done making runs. We aren't allowed to ride in the back of pickup trucks. My comp was worried that we might have to hop in a pickup, or be really late, so I said a silent prayer in my head and asked God to help us be obedient. A minute later, a pickup passed by. We flagged it down, and to our surprise (and my relief), the front seats were empty. Elder Bankhead and I hopped in the front and Herbert got in the back, and we were able to make it back in time, and without breaking the rules. The Lord wants us to be obedient. When we do our best to follow the rules, and ask Him for help to do so, He will open up the way that seemed impossible. Trust in Him and don't worry. Be obedient and patient. You will see the hand of the Lord open doors that you would never have thought possible. There is no law given by God that we cannot fulfil. Let Him guide you. "In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." -Proverbs 3:5
Until next week,
Elder Benjamin Jackson
Guatemala is actually a bit like Texas. Bipolar. One day hot, one day cold. But it's going more cold recently. Especially at night. I'm also way up in the mountains so that makes a difference. By the way I have gained 10 pounds since I got to Guatemala! I'm always hungry now. I'm doing great though! Let me know what's up with life other than mom's. Even just a sentence will do.
I love you all so much,
Elder Benjamin Jackson