Mexico Vera Cruz Mission

Thursday, January 2, 2014

December 30, 2013

Dear Family,
Alright so this week was Christmas! Sounds super exciting right? haha. Its pretty weird over here...They celebrate Christmas but not very much here. Everyone is more into 3 kings day or something like that. That's when they receive most of their gifts. It was kind of interesting on Christmas, while they don't really celebrate it like us, they do celebrate. The bad thing is that everyone is in their houses drinking. Which leads to one of my investigators.....she drank alcohol. SO no we are going to have to wait a little bit more time for her baptism. She's a really good person, but she's still human. We are just gonna pick her up and keep going. She knows what's right, but sometimes its harder to do what's right. She will make it to her baptismal date, we are just gonna work hard with her. 

Then, we had a pretty cool experience the other day. Yesterday we had 11 investigators in the church. That felt pretty good! We had never had that happen before. Its mostly from 3 families of 3 but still that's 11 investigators. One of our investigators, Flor, was having problems with her health. She couldn't go to the bathroom and was suffering from whatever the disease was. She asked us if we could give her a blessing(not sure how she knew we give blessings but she did). So, we talked to her and told her how a blessing was and that through her faith she would be healed. Then my companion gave her a blessing. It was awesome and I truly felt the spirit in this small blessing. But then we finished and i thought nothing about we left the room and we went to the next class. She kinda disappeared but we didn't notice until after a while. She then came back and told us that everything was better and she could use the restroom. It was truly a blessing to see the priesthood in action. And the best part is that it was for an investigator and she told us "I know that this church is true and I will do everything I can to be baptized". It was an amazing thing to hear from the mouth of an investigator. With that, we also gave a blessing to her daughter Isis who was having some other problem. Her hands and feet would get super dry and she was always tired. We gave her the blessing at the end of church. So we haven't been able to see her yet. But regardless it was awesome to see that with Flor. The hard part there is with her daughter Jorbelin. She has been doing her prayers and reading the Book of Mormon, but feels like she hasn't received an answer and wants to stop. That was tough to hear but we talked with her and shes going to keep working at it. I shared a scripture in Mosiah 2:15 or something like that right now I don't remember but its talking about the People of Ammon when they were captive. That they wanted to be free and were praying to be free. But the Lord was slow in responding or something like that for their iniquities. I told her that sometimes the Lord is slow because we aren't doing all of our part and that rather than just reading and saying a prayers isn't enough. We have to do what the Lord has commanded to receive an answer. She's gonna keep working at it and she will receive her answer soon enough. 

Sincerely I feel like all of the investigators we have right now are all very prepared and chosen of God. They truly have desires to learn and to do what the Lord commands. I truly believe that all 11 of them will be baptized by the end of this month. This work is amazing. and there is only one way to do it, the Lord's way. The Lord's way is with members and missionaries working together. That's what we are trying to do right now as missionaries.  Find ways to include members. The Lord has told through our beloved prophet, "Now is the time that members and missionaries are to work together shoulder to shoulder". That's probably not exact, but the Lord has told us that this is the way to work. I ask that as members of this church we do our tiny part of simply inviting others to come unto Christ, to repent, to be baptized by someone holding the authority to do so, receive the gift of the holy ghost, and endure till the end. That is the life plan for happiness. It's simple, but yet so hard for us to do it. If we can do the simple thing of invite others then everything else I listed will come to pass. Search between your friends. Someone is waiting for the gospel. And if you find no one then invite all inhabitants of the world to come unto Christ (2Nefi 2:8).

 Do our part and the Lord will do the rest. 

I love you guys always do whats right.

Elder Hakes

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