This week went really well! Yesterday was stake conference that was broadcasted for all of Spain, Portugal, and Cape Verde. Elder Ballard was the presiding authority and a few other 70s spoke as well. One of our investigators came too. Her name is Carmen and she is from Ecuador. The evening before we went over to teach her and committed her to a baptismal date for March 1st.
It was my first time teaching her since the other Hermanas had tried to get a hold of her for a few weeks and couldn´t set an appt. We kept calling her and even ran into her on the street. Then she finally sent a text back saying we could see her Saturday evening. They had invited her to be baptized before and she liked the idea but didn´t feel prepared. This time we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and towards the end I invited her to read and pray about what we had already taught to know it it´s true. She said that she had already. She proceeded to tell us that she was having a hard time and was praying for the Lord to give her direction. She said after that we called. She didn´t pick up. We called again later that day, and then later a third time. That´s when she finally sent the text back saying she would meet us. She took that as her answer. We invited her to be baptized again and she said yes. We tried to set a date for the 22nd of Feb but she was hesitant to accept it so soon. Hna Cerna invited her to pray about it then and there to see if it was the right thing to do. She accepted and said she felt good afterwards and we set a date for March 1st.
But here is the kicker, she isn´t married. She lives with her son and the father is working in France for the time being. My comp thought she was married but I later asked at conference and she told me it wasn´t official. Shoot. But she said he was coming back for a visit this month and they were going to see if they want to continue or break it off. So it all depends on that. So we wait and prepare her in the meantime.
We have also got a lot of new investigators recently (all through members) and have been reaching a lot of our goals which is nice. Remember that family from Bolivia I talked about last week that just let us in to teach? We called and the said they had doubts and sincerely weren´t interested in learning more- that they can believe in God without a church. So that’s sad, but maybe later. Anyway I love being in Murcia, really I feel like it´s one of those areas where I am supposed to be. The collaboration with members here rocks and we´ve been doing tons of FHEs and it helps a lot.
Today we went up to the mountains to a place called La Cresta de Gallo with the elders and two recent converts. We grilled burgers, hot dogs, and smores! Oh how I’ve missed nature. I´ll add photos!
Well love you all and hope you have a great week!
with view of Murcia and Elder Baker in the back