We can REMAIN changed

Hi all!!

I hope you are all doing so well. 🙂 How was the first day of school?! So weird to think that I have already been here for almost a third of my mission and that a year ago I was getting ready for my first day of school too, hahaha. I hope it was so good for you, Cat, Rose, Steve, Helen, Grace and Julia!

This week was great! We are starting to see a turning point in the work here. We are teaching a wife and her husband and she has expressed the desire to get baptized and her feelings about receiving a true answer to her prayers!  Remember the investigators I felt were a blessing from the Lord for climbing up the whole mountain and not finding the investigator we were looking for? One of them is this young woman! The only problem is attending church. Here in Nahualá, church starts at 8 and ends at 11, the hours of the market that only comes on Thursday and Sunday in the morning. Nobody wants to come to church because they either have to buy food for their families, or because they sell corte in the market. This young woman, Lidia, sells corte in the market on Sundays and needs the money to help her family. I know that when people have a true testimony of this gospel, they make the sacrifices necessary to be able to go to church, learn, and partake of the Sacrament. We just need to help her become more converted so she can make that sacrifice and experiment in the blessings that will come to her family.

The woman that we couldn’t find up in the mountains? We were walking back from our appointment with Lidia on Friday and SHE found US. We planned an activity with their family for the following night (Saturday). We met all of the extended family and almost all of the them, the aunts and cousins and grandparents, stayed to make popcorn and hot chocolate and watch Finding Faith In Christ. It was so special. Everyone here bathes in saunas made of stone called temazcal that they have on their property and normally everyone enters between 5 and 8, depending on the family. But the mother (Maria), father (Thomas), and son (Fernando) of this family skipped temazcal to be with us! We taught them about the sabbath and the father committed to attend church. The mother said she couldn’t because she has a huge corte tent, only on Sundays and Thursdays, and she couldn’t miss it. But ¨oneday!¨ she said, haha. We just need to work more with her to help her feel the spirit and receive the confirmation that the Lord will bless her and her family if she will make time for church.

Sunday came, and Thomas came to church all by himself!!!! THAT is commitment!! And he was the first investigator we’ve had in church all these 5 weeks. It’s so hard in this area to help get people to church, and we were so proud of him. He had to leave after Sacrament but he made time to go to the second hour and left after the third. He was talking with one of the brethren in the ward and told Him that next Sunday he is going to make more time so that he will be able to attend all three hours. We felt very blessed yesterday. We are working hard every day to find and teach more of the Lord’s children who he has prepared to receive the Gospel at this time of their lives.  I feel blessed to be a part of His work, even though it is hard at times. I love being a missionary!!

I want to share with you a scripture that I LOVE this week. Alma 5:26.  I only have my scriptures in Spanish so I can’t quote it perfectly, but most, if not all, of us have had a change of heart, of desires, of life purpose and habits, at some point in our life. But the question is, are we working every day to maintain that change of heart? ¨If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt the desire to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask: do ye feel so now?¨ I know that we CAN change and that we can REMAIN changed through the love and sacrifice and divine help of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love you all and I hope you all believe in yourselves enough to be able to change forever. 🙂

All of my love,

Hermana Marcheschi


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