So a little about our recent converts. Melina and Alissa are a mom and daughter that have been receiving missionary lessons since before I got here. They also were the first family I met here and I could not understand their accents at all. Claudia, the older daughter of Melina, already had been baptized but her little sister was more timid. Melina, being as loving as she is, waited for her daughter to accept the fecha so they could get baptized together.
Miguel, or Mickey, is a life-long friend of our pensionist (the nice woman who provides us with lunch and dinner every day) and one day he decided to listen in to a lesson. That night we watched the Restoration video and he said in that moment he could feel the spirit. Now he is slowly working his way into the warm arms of the church and finding a "spiritual tranquility" that he can't describe but always wanted. He has received the Aaronic Priesthood and now we're helping him to advance even more.
This week church was awesome. We had 8 investigators come to sacrament meeting, including a new family that we escorted to church, and all three messages of the first hour were about the family (plus the primary sang "familias pueden ser eternas"). It touched the heart of the mom, Magali, as she sat with her two sons and baby girl. The Holy Ghost is real.
I hope all of you know how sacred the family is in the eyes of God. The first paragraph under the heading "temples" in True to the Faith says that the only place comparable to temples spiritually is the home. Look at the eternal aspect of this life; the entire purpose of us being here is to make it back to God with our FAMILIES. The Family is a blessing so great that he wanted us to have it and has given commandments to protect it. There is no better place to apply and live the principles of the Gospel of Christ.
For this reason I'm extending to all of you an invitation that was given in that great sacrament meeting.
1. Have family home evenings
2. Pray daily personally as well as in your families
3. Study the scriptures daily as well as in your families
Edify your lives on the love of Jesus Christ and you will find spiritual tranquility as well as the fear-extinguishing hope that flows from the Atonement. Families can be together forever.