Monday, April 25, 2016

Round 3

Hello Everyone!

So I've just been knocking out all of my companions since I got here to Jutiapa, so we'll see who goes down in round 3! My new companion is Elder Martinez from El Salvador. He is really energetic and we get along great! He likes to have fun and work hard at the same time, so there aren't too many dull moments. Elder Williams didn't end up going very far, he's still here in the zone in an area called Monjas, so I still get to see him frequently, so that's fun!

Our miracle of the week was Gregorio! He is a 65-year-old man who a couple years ago turned away from God when his son was unfortunately poisoned and killed right before he was going to be baptized in the church. He lived in anger and vengeful thoughts for months and years, rejecting any visits from religious people, rebelling against God. Then everything changed when Elder Williams and I passed by one day about 3 weeks ago. "Elders!" he called out as we walked by his house. We were just going to ignore him because there are a lot of people who just say that to bother us, but then my comp felt a strong impression to turn around and talk to him. Since then he hasn't missed a Sunday in church. Despite the fact that he flat out rejected us when we invited him to baptism the first time, he told us this week that he has prayed and received an answer and he is fully committed to be baptized on May 7th! He told us of his hatred he had for the person who poisoned his son, and the great hole it had created in his life, and of how in these 3 short weeks, all that anger has been swept away and he has felt a peace and joy so immense such as he has never felt before. He is a bit stubborn in some ways, hence the initial rejection, but at the same time he is amazingly humble before God, and completely willing to do what He asks of him, hence the amazing self-commitment after having prayed with faith. He is truly an inspiring man!

And so the ball rolls on in Jutiapa, every day we see miracles, because God is good and He blesses His children when they do what He says, or at least tries, as Elder Holland says. I love God and I love the work, and I hope you all find the miracles in your life this week! :D


-Elder Jackson

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