Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25th 2011

(moms note-Geoffrey's English is getting very intermingled with spanish words and will probably only get worse!)
Hola! Well, I have a week with my new compañero. Elder Walker is from Utah, is more or less quiet and a little shy, but has a sweet testimony. He is very easy to get along with, and I am sure I will learn a lot from him. Having a companion who isn´t that talkative and is American is giving me many opportunities to be able to develop my Spanish. However, we are trying to secure that we are teaching with unity.
This weekend, we have two baptisms planned for Leiver and Tere. Leiver is a stud: only needs to get married (and he will on Wednesday). He has had all the teachings, and has really changed his life. His wife was a menos active member of the Church, but now she is coming regularly. Tere has brought us much joy seeing the gospel work in her. She works as a servant-maid person of a family of members here in Yajalon. She is single, has like 40 years, and is a quiet sweet lady. At first, she didn´t like to talk, and she was very shy. Every time we come, she opens up more and more and we can see the gospel helping her overcome past guilt and replace it with hope for the future. She has had a hard life, but I am sure she will be a faithful member of the church after her baptism.
Oh and Yolanda and Leonel, with their son Marcial, all are trying to stop taking Coffee. Yolanda grew up on a coffee farm, and has taken coffee since she was 6 years old. However, we know they will be able to! Marcial has dropped from 20 cups a day to 1 cup a day in the morning.
We are having much success, with many people progressing and going to Church. Our challenge is focusing in on those people that are more ready to draw closer to our Father in Heaven through Baptism.

Cool experience: While we met with a new family that we contacted the day before, I felt the distinct impression to get to know them really well and show interest. With questions and trying to follow that prompting, we soon found out how much this couple had been through. He almost died after a rock smashed his head a few years ago, their son in law passed away from stomach cancer, and a down-syndrome son passed away from meningitis, and their youngest son died less than a year ago from brain cancer. With all of that, they still had a faith in Jesus Christ. I felt the Spirit testify to all of us there, while we taught the Plan of our Heavenly Father, that death is not the end of everything. That there is a life after this; there is a loving plan with a place for all of us in the presence of our Father in Heaven. I felt so grateful that we have a Savior who made that possible.
Much love,
Elder Palmer

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