Well this week was another great one! We had some great spiritual experiences and many funny ones, too. On Monday night, we had an intense lesson with a “Jehovah’s Witness” that we have been teaching. We finally got to the point where I asked him to read the Book of Mormon to know if it is true and he denied the invitation and didn’t want the book. So we bore testimony and he attacked our beliefs and then we left. When we arrived back at our house, my companion was shaken up a little bit because it was his first real experience with having someone attack his faith and attempt to bring him down. But we prayed for strength and he gave one of the best prayers that I have ever heard in my life and blessed our investigator that he would have a softer heart in the future and accept the blessings of the gospel in his life. It was awesome.
We had one of the best lessons of my mission with Roman and Karol. They are the couple we have been encouraging to get their life in order. So we started to read the Book of Mormon with them and we talked and shared impressions. Then Roman opened up and bore his testimony. He said that he knew that it was all true: the church, the Gospel, the Book of Mormon. Everything. He said that he prayed and received his answer and said he felt the spirit. He also said that the only thing he wanted to do was get baptized and receive the full blessings of the gospel. My companion and I were basically jumping up and down like little girls inside. That is what you always want your investigators to say but it happens very, very rarely! So we were so excited! Then he kept going and said, “Elder Neser, don’t tell me what I need to do now because I know what I need to do.” Then he looked at Karol and said to her that she needed to start reading the Book of Mormon and praying more and show more initiative in reading with him and as a family. Then he said that he wants to get baptized which means that he wants to marry her and in the lesson basically asked her to marry him. She was crying and said yes. It was insane! Then to end the lesson, Karol gave the closing prayer and bore her testimony and said that she knew it was all true and that she wanted to get baptized and be able to live for all eternity with her family. Everything came together and finally they figured it out. Missionaries have been visiting them for about a year now! So that was like the coolest thing ever from my week. But Karol and Roman didn’t go to church on Sunday so that confused me. But we are going to keep teaching them and helping them to understand everything.
We also did a fast this week to find more people that will help build up the church here in our ward (which means men and families). So we are praying to be able to find some people in the coming weeks. A member shared a really cool quote in church on Sunday about repentance. He said: “There will always be a tomorrow, but I am in the present, and NOW is when I have to start to change.” Those are the important things from my week.