Happy New Year! This new year has had an up and down start. We ended this week feeling a bit stressed because it has been difficult and we've had lots of low stats, even though we've been working hard. On Saturday we started a mission wide fast, and we took extra time to plan for this week and figure out what we can do differently, because what we have been doing hasn't been working. Then we went to bed hoping that our few investigators would be able to come to church with us.
We did what we could to help them come to church, but that's the hardest thing for us because of distances and little money. So we showed up to church without a single investigator of ours. After sacrament meeting, my comp went to talk with a girl that we didn't recognize. She said that her name was Alejandra, that she had cousins that are members that live in Quetzaltenango, that she's not a member, and that she wants to be baptized. The Gospel Principles teacher couldn't teach the class today, so me and my comp just taught her Lesson 1: The Restoration. She already has a Book of Mormon, believes it's the word of God as far as she's read, believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and she said she'd like to be baptized the 24th of January. She lives very close to the chapel so it is super easy for her to come, and Anelise, the GP teacher is about her same age so we'll be working with her as an Amulek (member friend).
The Lord always answers our prayers, and especially when coupled with fasting, miracles are often the result. Maybe they don't seem all that significant, but here in the mission I have learned to recognize and cherish the small miracles. They are often the things that make the biggest impacts. Through small and simple things are great things brought to pass. My companion had fasted that the Lord would help us find one of 'His prepared' for us to teach. His prayer was answered directly, only God dropped her into our hands. I fasted that we could have one of our investigators accompany us. More often than not, the Lord answers my prayers obscurely in a way opposite to what I think, and it was no different this time. But I am thankful for that, because it has helped me understand, even if just a pequña porción [small portion], of how God works, and how His ways are higher than our ways, and He knows infinitely more than we do. If we humble ourselves and accept graciously the actions of the Lord in our lives, we will find a greater peace, a greater trust in the Lord, and we will be able to see more clearly just how much He blesses us every single day.
Love you all so much,
Elder Benjamin Jackson