Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's been a good one!!!

We went to some gardens with Shayron, a member that came with us today.
She is getting ready for the mission.

Today for p day we went on the hunt for root beer and we had success! Shayron is a member that came with us.

Jose and Yesena
15 de Septiembre! 
One family here bought me a viva Mexico hat with a couple of other Mexican things, ha-ha! They loved that I was there with them to enjoy their day of independence! It was a blast!

I ate posole again. The first food I ever ate here in Mexico and exactly a year later I ate it again, but this time I really liked it!
Hermana Vero 
Hermano Ricardo 
Hermano Erik
They are all so great! Ricardo is the one I have been writing about that had the heart attack that is really stubborn to get baptized, but it’s okay!
The sign on the car says “I am selling this car because it brings back bad memories”, ha-ha!

He really is not a serious guy; he actually reminds me lots of dad, but Ricardo jokes about drinking, ha-ha!

So this week started off really great! On Tuesday started the festivities here in Mexico for their independence day. We went and ate with some members of the ward and they fed us bosoli and it was so good and very filling! They bought me a hat and some other great gems and they were all taking pictures of me with all of my “vive Mexico” get-up. It was pretty funny! They loved having an American to experience Mexico with them! Ha-ha! Compared to my area last year, there weren’t lots of people drinking in the streets so that was good! 

On Wednesday we had intercombios with two other Hermanas and it went really good. I left the area and that was only my second time ever leaving my area in my mission and it really helped me feel a little more relaxed to just work in another area for a day. I went with another American and I have not talked so much English in a long time. It was really weird and really hard to speak English! While we were there we taught this part member family. We were talking to the nonmember and he said he wants to get baptized, but he will never believe in Jose Smith. He just can’t get himself to accept that a boy had a revelation like that. I had a cool experience with Hermana Allen in this lesson. As we were teaching about him we began to testify of how we have come to know that Jose Smith really saw God the Father and his Son. As I was testifying of what I knew was true I could just feel that the words I was saying were true and I received the strongest confirmation that what I was saying was true and was coming from God. It was just the coolest experience. He still hasn’t come to accept it and I don’t know if this guy ever will. I hope he will; he just faults to ask God if Jose Smith really restored the church, but through it all, I had my testimony grow. 

So the big stuff....on Monday night we went to go eat with Hermana Vero and Ricardo. When we got there Ricardo was in the shower so we started eating. When he got out he just sat in front of me and asked us: “What do I have to do to get baptized?” We told him the lessons that he still had to get from us, and he asked “I think it’s time that I get baptized.” His wife was sitting next to me and was like -  “are you joking?! This isn’t something you can or should joke about”, and with his serious face (which he never has) he said “Yes. As I was in the shower I felt bad, I just felt really bad like I could have died. At that moment I knew I needed to get baptized and that there wasn’t a reason to say no anymore. When is the fastest I can be baptized?"  We set a date for Saturday and HE GOT BAPTIZED! It was the greatest thing I have ever seen! His son baptized him and his wife was just sitting next to us just beaming! I was so happy to witness his change of heart and his conversion. That is one thing that I just love about the mission, to see someone get converted right in front of your eyes! I love this family with all my heart and they are just one big step closer to being an eternal family! 

After the baptism he got invited by a Seventy that came to Campeche to go to a special meeting that’s for people who haven’t gone through the temple. After that meeting he has a HUGE desire to go get married in the temple! It’s just all so great! And the next week he is going to receive the priesthood! I just love this gospel and the amazing blessings that it can bring to everyone! I love these opportunities I have had to meet these amazing people and be a little part of their conversion! I know this church is true and I know Joseph Smith restored this church. I know the prophet today is called of God to do the work. I know families can be together forever! I love you all and hope you all have a great week! 

Les Quiero mucho!
Hermana Velasquez

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