Monday, October 1, 2012

Mi querida familia:
I just love hearing such great news from home. These will probably be the longest 3 weeks of my life... WOOO! But I am so excited!! Congrats Knight family, you are going to have 2 missionaries serving in the best service there is in this life. The mission has changed me so much, I feel like a totally different person now. Its cool haha. Anyways, this week has been just packed full of miracles. We have been SOO stinkin busy it is ridiculous. Running around all day just doesn't even cut it.

So Monday we were way busy with getting blood exams done in the hospital for Damiana and Sergio. We got it all worked out, talked with the Hospital Director, and had the exams done for free, sick! Then we went to the registro civil to talk with Rolando to make sure everything was okay for Friday. Then we were burning a bunch of old clothes we found in the house, up on the roof (we live in an apartment complex) (p.s. burning trash & stuff is normal here) Then all our citas (appointments) with Sergio, Marco, and Juan & Ada. Good day.

Tuesday we went to District meeting in Tenosique, then we had to go take Sergio and Damiana to get the analysis done in the hospital at 1:00 so we could turn in the solicitud (application) before the registro (registration) civil closed. Then we went running around lessons with Marco, Sergio, Janet, Fidel, and having a meeting with Branch Pres. Zenteno.
Wednesday we woke up early to go to Palenque (the temple ruins area). Elder Marchant went with Pakal-Na and I stayed with Palenque to do interviews and investigator inventories. We went on divisiones with Pres. Lastra from there and he is way sweet. We actually missed our bus that night because we were waiting for an investigator to come home from work to get her interview. We stayed overnight, I slept in a tiny little hammock haha. We woke up at 5:30 the next morning to catch a combi home.

Wednesday we got back, showered, planned really quick our day, and went to the ciber to make baptismal invitations for investigators who we felt were ready to be baptized. It was an incredible experience. We felt so surely that each of these people were ready, even when we hadn't taught a few of them in a while. The Spirit made us know who needed to be invited to be baptized this week. We went with each one, and pretty much invited each one to their own baptism. Kim was way excited, she just lit up and accepted, which was a miracle because we had stopped teaching her a few weeks ago because she wouldn't accept to make the little necessary changes to live the gospel. Miracle. 

Then we went with Marco, who was a bit nervous but he knew he needed to make that step. He has been struggling with the vicio (vice or bad habit) lately, and its been a tough fight with his family who don't support him positively sometimes. He accepted, and then we went next door to invite his Catholic neighbor, and in end teach her what the Lord expects of His children. Then we went to Fidel, who we didn't actually give the invitation, but he accepted to be interviewed by the district president to help him resolve his problems so he can be baptized. That was another miracle, because just 2 weeks ago he told us that he didn't want to repent. So that was way cool. Miracle. And then walked by Francisco's house, when I felt the impression to enter in their house because the door was open but the lights were all off. Normally I wouldn't do so, but something just led me to that house because I just unexpectedly stopped in the middle of the street before we passed the house without even looking at it. Francisco was pacing the floor with a lot of problems in his head, with his marriage. We helped him out and I gave him a talk I had been carrying around without knowing why, it was about divorce by Elder Dalin H. Oaks. The Lord had me put it in my bag the other day, just for him I am positive. That was a marvelous lesson with him in the park, we really felt and recognized the Spirit working through us to help Francisco. 

Then we continued to where we were originally going to Sergio's and Damiana's. When we came to their door they were just normal. And we were talking to them about the details of the wedding because it was the next day. And then (they live in a house like 1-1/2 feet below ground level) I crouched down to be at eye level with them both, and told them we had brought a surprise, and pulled out the invitations and copies for them to hand out. They both just LIT UP so much, and Damiana started to almost cry. She told us that their daughter Bety, who is a missionary in Mexico right now, had written them that Monday and told them that they shouldn't wait in getting married and baptized soon. She hadn't said that earlier, but Damiana recognized that the Lord had prepared the path for her family to follow Christ all together. Sergio was way stoked too. Again, Miracle. We went home that night just radiating happiness in the work. Friday they got married, and we went to the church to prepare the salon and clean the font. Then Elder Sylvester came and interviewed Kim, Sergio, and Damiana. We went to Marco like 3 times but still hadn't come home from work, and Elder Sylvester had to return to his area that night. We had thought that maybe he had gotten off work and gone to drink, and his wife thought the same and was way sad.

Saturday morning we called Marco's wife and she told us that he came home late, but fine. And he had left early to go work again, what miracle! So we told her we were going to come back in the afternoon to see him then. Elder Cepeda came to interview him, but he didn't show up, again.. So we went to the baptismal service which was so great, and spiritual.  The members brought a little dinner to serve to everyone after to celebrate the baptism, along with the wedding of Sergio and Damiana. Then we had everyone write letters of congrats to Kim and to Bety (Sergio and Damiana's daughter/missionary), so that's legit. She's going to love it.
Yesterday was a pretty normal day at church, I loved it as usual. I taught how to prepare our eternal families in gospel principles, and I am so doing everything like that when I get back from the mish. I want an eternal family. I love you all so much, I know that the Lord's plan will permit us to live together forever if we make and keep the sacred covenants available to us in his gospel and holy temples. We shall prepare us to enter in worthily always, and make our homes more like the temple every day.

"And that this house may be a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of glory and of God, even thy house;
That all the incomings of thy people, into this house, may be in the name of the Lord;
That all their outgoings from this house may be in the name of the Lord;
And that all their salutations may be in the name of the Lord..
And that no unclean thing shall be permitted to come into thy house to pollute it" DyC 109:16-20

With love,
Elder Knight

**Attached you will find pictures of:
-Sergio and Damiana in the registro civil FINALLY getting married! Woo! It was friday, we had panqué to celebrate, you know
-Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata with some mormon ladies in the Noche Mexicana
-A Mexican lawnmower
-Baptismal pictures of Sergio, Damiana, and Kim who all got baptized this week
-Kim with her uncle and cousins before the baptismal service

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