Hopefully you all had a wonderful Halloween! I sure enjoyed Halloween and Dia de los Muertos here. We had to go in on Monday and Wednesday night early because people were getting a little bit too crazy, but all is well and my stomach is happily filled with Pan de Muerto. Because of all the festivities work was a bit harder. We contacted, but couldn't meet with a lot of our investigators due to holiday plans and vacations. For November 2nd we used the theme of family history to contact which was fun despite not having as much success as we would have wanted from it. I did realize thought that I am going to start a tradition of celebrating Day of the Dead by doing family history and sharing stories with my family about our ancestors. I´m even going to have 'ofrendas' of my ancestors favorite things and such. I think it will be an awesome tradition.
Things have been pretty good here in Ixtapaluca. We have been working really hard and have been finding new people to teach every week. The only problem is getting them to church. We have some awesome investigators that have an incredible desire to be baptize. They are even fulfilling their other commitments of reading and praying. For the past couple weeks we have committed them to attend church but somehow end up with few or no investigators in church. It's definitely hard. Yesterday I was just praying and praying that they could make the sacrifice and take this step of faith. At the end of sacrament meeting I realized they weren't going ot come and felt heartbroken. However, I did realize that our little House of Prayer seemed to be pretty packed with people. I was praying and praying for people to come to church and they did! Maybe they weren't investigators but there were a lot of members we haven't seen in a long time and it was the greatest attendance we have had so far in church. The best part is that it was testimony meeting and hearing how most of the less active members bearing their testimonies bore witness that something was lacking in their lives by not going to church. I felt strengthened and inspired by their words and realized in a very different way, the Lord had answered by prayers. That helped mend my partially broken heart.
Well, I love ya'll, it's November (HOW!¿¡?) so have an awesome start to November!
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