I`m sorry it`s been SO long since I`ve written you all! It has been super busy with the zone and everything. Every monday we have to send all of our key indicators (The numbers of the week) to President, and work on other zone things- That takes up a little bit of time!! But I`m doing so good! We are CHANGING our mission, and the way we are working. We are doing a 100% change from talking to people in the street/knocking on doors, to working FULL ON with the members to find people. It is just a different feel- All the missionaries are so excited to find more references, and work with the members to find people. We can FEEL the work hastening! It dawned on me the other day- the work is hastening, but we`ve been doing the same thing we`ve always done. Kock doors and talk to people in the street. If we want to Hasten the work, (which requires change!) We can`t keep doing the same thing we`ve always done. THIS is the Lord`s way- We CANNOTT have real growth in the work with the members. We can`t move forward now without them! So we`ve hit it pretty hard in the Zone, Setting Zone plans to visit all the members, and find out where they are spiritually. Our first goal is to strengthen them by teaching them the mission lessons, as if they were investigatores. Those who are a little bit stronger, we are setting a goal with them to think about their friends, pray about who is ready, and then within two weeks, that they can invite their friend over to their house, with us, to have a family night.
So...... With that in mind, it started out a little slow, but these past few weeks, it`s exploded!!!!!! These members are SO excited to work with us. We`ve been working with the first counselor in the branch presidency, who`s an RM, and is a lot like brother McClure! They are such studs! they`ve have a two friends since high school that`s they`ve been sharing the gospel with little bits at a time. They`re a couple named Paula and Andres- and they are married!!!! That is HUGE in Uruguay! Now one gets married! But we had a Family night with them and the First Counselor, and it was THE BEST thing I`ve ever been apart of in my mission so far! It was just so natural, and Paula and Andres had INSTANT trust in us because we were friends with their friends. THAT`s the idea- that the members can be the bridge between the missionaries and their friends. It works!!!!! Anyway, they accepted to have the charlas, and we`re going to teach them with Diego (The first counselor) We are super stoked- there are a few other references like that that we are working with- I`ll keep you posted.
I know that this work is hastening- It`s the work of the members!!!! We cannot see any real growth if the members aren`t finding people for the missionaries to teach. The world is changing. Satan is working HARD and in many diverse ways to hinder the work. The world is different, and much more dangerous, people just naturally don`t trust two young boys or girls to enter their homes after talking for 2 minutes in the street. But they DO have member friends who they DO trust, and they can be the bridge of confidence for the missionaries. It`s real!
I love you guys, the work is real. God lives, and it working in this work! PLEASE invite your friends to come to Christ- Now is the time.
I love you guys, have a good week!!