Allow me to relate a good experience this week:
We were looking for a “callback” (someone who we talked with and set up an appointment to meet again), but we couldn’t find this callback. We believe it was a bad address he might have given us. So we began to contact houses nearby, and a nice young lady came out of the house, and easily allowed us in to teach her. We were sitting in her open air front patio, and a friend of her’s, Mario, comes by. He saw us talking to her and felt the need to come and listen as well. We teach the about the restoration of the gospel, the lesson goes well. At first he didn’t want to commit to baptism but he accepted with the faith that he would receive an answer from God that all was true. He also hesitated to say the closing prayer, but also prayed with us in the end. And gave us his address to meet with him again. Elder Black and I felt like he was golden. We went to meet with him Saturday night, but the street was filled with Paraguayans, loud music, volleyball (they play using all body parts except hands, fun to watch), and asados (barbecues); needless to say, we couldn’t find Mario in all the busyness. We decided to go back the woman’s house where we found him in the first visit, right as we get there, Mario pulls in with a friend on a motorcycle. He is happy to see us, leaves his friend and all the parties around and walks us to his humble abode.
Screenshot from my call home to the family on Mother’s Day:
We have a good second lesson. He expressed afflictions he’s had in his life. He’s 21 years old. Abandoned by parents but loved and cared for by an adoptive mother of six girls. We teach about the Atonement of Christ and the purpose of this life. We invite him to come to church the next morning, he hesitates, but on his own commits to coming.
Mario came to church and on time! He saw an old friend there as well, and they had a good time catching up! He enjoyed the classes. I will keep you updated on Mario!
The gospel is real, and in its fulness, which has been restored in these days, is the only way to live. Because it’s for this purpose that we came to earth to learn to live by the gospel, ALL of God’s teachings. There is only one gospel, and the only interpretation is God’s interpretation because he is the gospel-maker, creator, and law-giver. Due to the faith of man, God has extended his arm of love to us in these last days by restoring all his teachings in the gospel. All of them are found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And as an individual, a pair, a group, a society lives the gospel, we are made perfect and made free. I see the blessed fruits of the gospel in the lives of my family members and the lives of other families as they each strive to live all the Gospel teachings. One must not lose hope if a loved one chooses not to live gospel principles. Be sure that you are first doing all you can to live them all, be an example, then be patient with the loved one, and love them much.
Love you all! Onward and Upward!
Elder Orme IV