I hope you all have a great 4th of July! This last Sunday we baptized the nephew of a member in our branch! It was a great service and even more exciting because the grandmother and the mother of this little boy were able to attend and it has been great as little by little the Gospel is spreading in this family. I hope to be here for the baptisms of the rest of this family because I know the spirit is working on them!
Here in La Noria we have been finding but we changed our ways and started looking for less active families and we have helped 2 less active families start coming to church again. And what helps is that they have been less active for a long time so they have children that passed 8 years old so we are visiting them so that their children can be taught in the gospel and be baptized in these next few weeks. What has helped us more than anything to help these families is to teach them and get them excited about going to the temple. If we help get their sights on the temple than we know that they are headed in a good direction. As a result of this we have a baptism this week of a 9 year old girl named Joselyn and in 2 weeks we have another of a boy named elisandro and both of these 2 are from families that are coming back to church. We are also working with another man who just found out there was a church nearby and he is going to attend this week with us and he has a son who is 9 years old and his wife is not a member. We hope to work with him and help his family become eternal someday!
As well this week we have a baptism of a young man who is very timid but has a great love for people. So he is an investigator, but... He brought an investigator to church! He is sharing the gospel and helping others but he is scared of baptism because he doesn't want to give a talk or say a prayer. So will be his baptism and he doesn't want any pictures and just the witnesses and us are going to be there. It's a little odd but it's his baptism and as long as he is entering into the straight and narrow path I don't think it really matters. He has expressed his desires to serve in the mission and I am so happy to say that I got to be a part of this young man's conversion.
I know that there are miracles in each week and everyday. I love this area with all my heart and the people here are amazing. The branch went up to an attendance of 65 this week and I don't remember the last Sunday when I was sitting down in the sacrament meeting because there aren't enough chairs. But as long as God's children are in the church I don't mind standing. I hope you all have an amazing week and know that I know this church is true!