Monday, March 14, 2016

Book of Mormon Conversion Story

This week I went to work in Etla for a day on divisions. The district leader has to go on divisions with all the areas in the district. I loved Etla. When you imagine Mexico, Etla is exactly what you imagine Mexico to be. Fields, animals everywhere, and flat with mountains in the distance. I took pictures of Elder Valenzuela hunting birds with a bamboo spear, and then fishing in the pond. 

I then spoke with a member about his conversion story, which is pretty cool. One day he found a few pages of the Book of Mormon, blowing around in the middle of some field. He chased after them and read them. One of the pages was the introduction. He read how Jesus Christ visited the Americas and immediately knew it was true. He started preaching to his friends and neighbors about what he read. He got in arguments with other Christians and Jehovah`s witnesses as he testified of the things that he read in these lost pages of some unknown book. For months he searched for the book that these pages belonged too and one day the missionaries came by and testified that Christ visited the Americas after his resurrection. Those Elders then gave him a complete copy of the Book of Mormon and he was baptized soon after. 

This past Saturday, my companion got permission to go to a baptism of one of his former investigators. It was a beautiful service and there were 10 of us Elders from all over the mission who got permission to go. We sang "When I Am Baptized" in Spanish and the Spirit was really strong. We then ate Pozole after the baptism, its one of my favorite Oaxacan foods. It`s an ancient meal that the Mayans ate regularly. 

Today for our P-day we played basketball and made hot wings and fries with the Elder`s from Etla. Earlier in the week it was super stormy with rain and high winds. But now there isn't a cloud in the sky and the Oaxacan sun is blazing. I am super burnt from playing in the sun today....should've put on sunscreen. There are some things that I'll never learn :)

Que Tengan una buena semana!
Con Amor,
Elder Smith

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