First thing´s first, we had a baptism this Saturday. Jesús Ramón was baptized by my companion and confirmed yesterday (also by my companion). It was a nearly perfect baptismal service. We had some really good speakers and the ordinance went well. My companion began the prayer wrong, but quickly corrected himself. :P After the baptism, Elder López and I sang a special number. We sang "Más Cerca Dios, De Ti" (Nearer My God, To Thee) while a sister played the piano. It really brought the Spirit into the room. I didn't notice until I sat down, but a lot of people were crying a little. Apparently, Jose Del Angel recorded it and is thinking of sending the video to that family member the Mom knows in Utah. Maybe Mom will get a chance to hear it. :) Anyways, to make a long story short, the baptism was a success. :D
I feel kinda bad when I write you guys because I can never remember the special experiences that happen during the week. I usually write them in my journal, but I don´t have it with me when I write. Nearly every day we have some sort of experience that testifies that this work is true. One comes to mind right now.
We visited an inactive family yesterday. Turns out they had a pretty rough time this week. An elderly lady in the family was accidentally trapped outside in their tiny back patio when the door shut behind her. No one was home to let her in so she was stuck outside for twelve hours. She´s fine, but it was a rough experience for someone of her age. Also, her brother who lives on the second floor had everything stolen out of his car. Basically they were feeling pretty cruddy when we came by. They expressed to us the desire to return to church and do what the Lord wants them to do. We shared a scripture with them and they continued to share their gratitude. They thanked us for our persistence and told us that we always came by exactly when we were needed. It was a small experience, but it helped me to realize that the Lord really guides us to where we need to be.
Dad - You asked about my current companionship. It´s going great! Elder López and I are good friends and we work well together. He´s taught me a lot and he´s a hard worker. I´m really grateful for the time I´ve had with him. We always joke around in the apartment. He´s a lot of fun. :) He´s from Durango, Mexico. It´s in the upper middle part of the country. Sorry I´m not too specific with our daily life. It´s just fairly repetitive so I don´t think about it much. We usually have appointments and when we don´t we fill the time up looking for people that we already have met in order to see if we can teach them something real quick. As we walk to lessons we usually contact a few people in the street. We do that until the end of the day. Of course, each day is a little different, but that´s how they generally go.
I love you all and hope all is well. Thanks for all your e-mails! Talk to you next week!
Elder Sean Horrocks