Another amazing week in Moron, I'm not even sure where to start! It has been an incredible experience to see our special little part of the Lord's vineyard in Moron grow and progress in just a few short days. We really had to start from ground zero that first Wednesday evening, but as we have relied completely on Heavenly Father, He has worked miracles in just a week and a half and has really guided us to those people that are prepared.
So first, the man under the car. :) His name is Alejandro and his wife's name is Roxana. They have three little kids: Ariel (11) Micol (8) and Santi (3) and are your typical young, hopeful family just trying to get by in life. Teaching them has been an incredible experience. That first lesson that I told you about, we knelt for the closing prayer and invited Alejandro to offer the prayer. Keep in mind that this man just 35 minutes earlier had looked at us a little coldly and said, "I don't believe in God." And when we walked in the house, Roxana looked at us even more suspiciously and said, "I'm a life long Catholic." But it was literally one of the most miraculous and instantaneous changes of heart that I had ever seen. By the time we had knelt for that closing prayer, a warm, beautiful spirit filled the home and Alejandro humbly offered his first prayer. I know that I always talk about "the first prayer," but they really are some of the most special, spiritually uplifting experiences that I have had.
We've had a few other lessons with them since then, and they are so special to us. Roxana carefully reads every little reading assigment that we leave them and eagerly explains to us what she learned in the next lesson. Alejandro is going to have a few obstacles to overcome before his baptism like smoking and working on Sundays, but every time Hna. Neira and I talk or think about that first prayer that he said, we are truly awed at the power of the Spirit and the amazing progress that Alejandro has made in such a short time. I don't know if this wonderful family will get baptized during my time here in Moron, but I do know that they will someday get baptized and sealed to be an eternal family. And I'm just so grateful that Heavenly Father trusted us enough to guide us to this wonderful family and let us teach them.
We're also teaching a bunch of Brazilians here in Moron, and they are the BEST! Moron has a University here where a bunch of kids from all over come to study medicine. So it's really great because the ward has a ton of young single adults and a ton of energy. One of the members, a young girl about our age, is named Dani and she is the definition of a cool, chill Brazilian and the most incredible member missionary I've ever met. Our first Sunday in the ward, she came up to us and said, "Hermanas! You need to come to my apartment today to meet and teach my roommate and friends!" It was like a dream come true.
So we've been spending some of our evenings in Dani's cool little apartment teaching a small group of Brazilians and tasting all kinds of Brazilian food. It's the best. Brazilians are the funnest, most easy-going people, and I feel like I'm at the Glenwood just preaching the Gospel! One of Dani's friends, Veronica, is especially interested and progressing really well. She has a goal for baptism at the beginning of September, and we are loving teaching her!
I realized I never gave you the low down on Hermana Neira! Well, I have about two seconds, but basically she is the best. She's from Chile (another Chilean!) and is the biggest tom boy I've ever met. She has a small little "Dan face" but the deepest, funniest voice and boyish mannerisms. She's shy and quiet in groups, but has the fiestiest little personality and absolutely burns with a desire to share the gospel. She's older, 25 years old, and is an incredible companion. I love her already, and we have such a good time together!
All in all, I'm happy and loving life here in Moron. It's been another challenge and a new period in the mission to learn a whole new bunch of lessons, butI feel the strength and light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every step I take. I love sharing His gospel! :) I hope you have a wonderful week family. Thank you for being the best!