Saturday, April 19, 2014


March 17, 2014
Hola!   (=
This week was a great one!  On Thursday our entire zone went to the offices to have interviews with President Willard.  It was so great, President is such a wizard, I love that guy so much!  He said a specific prayer praying for the people in our area to open their hearts to the gospel, and honestly my companion and I have seen the blessings that have come since that day!  We have found and taught more new investigators this week than any other week in the mission, people that REALLY are prepared and don't seem to have HUGE hurdles to clear before baptism.  That's super exciting!  (=
About a month ago my companion and I were out looking for a family of recent converts that just moved into our area.  We had bad directions to their house and we were going around asking people in the street if they knew this family.  Nobody knew them, but we ended up getting two new investigators just out of talking with them and later sharing a short message and asking if they wanted to hear more.  Well, now I can say that one of these contacts, a young mother named Betsy, is going to be baptized this Saturday!  She has been SOOO prepared to hear the message of the restored gospel!  Not once have we given her a reading ¨assignment¨ that she hasn´t completed, not only does she read, but she marks up her Book of Mormon and the pamphlets we give her and then TEACHES US the lessons!  Haha it's been such a treat to teach her.  We have been bringing a man named Eduardo to teach her with us a bunch and he recently received the Aaronic Priesthood, so we invited him to baptized her this Saturday!  It's so cool to see a recent convert be so interested in helping others enjoy this gospel message, and I am so excited to see Eduardo baptize Betsy!  Also, the other contact we made at first didn't seem to show much promise, but this Sunday she came to church with us, and the really cool part is that Betsy (who still is investigating the church and isn't even a member yet) is fellow-shipping her and now Brenda (the second contact)  is really excited to be baptized too!  She has a baptismal date for the 12th of April.  She too is eating up the Book of Mormon, and it's so cool because these two young Mothers are like the best of friends now and before they didn't even know each other!  I LOVE seeing investigators have that HUNGER and burning desire to learn more and keep commitments!
I know the power of the Holy Ghost is real.  Without the Holy Ghost this work wouldn't work AT ALL.  The Spirit is who does the planning, the teaching, the converting, and keeps every single one of us hungry for more.  I love it!
I love you all!
Élder Bender

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