27: Milagros de la epoca de Navidad (Miracles of Christmas season)

Well we had a couple of miracles this week!

 
First off, there’s this house we’ve been going to periodically pretty much since my first transfer here. We knock on the door, and even usually hear people inside, but NOBODY EVER OPENS THE DOOR. But we keep going back because one of the families in the ward keeps telling us that this lady needs us to visit. She’d been taught in the past by missionaries, but got offended and stopped investigating.
 
WELL, last Sunday at the Stake Nativity Festival (which was super cool in and of itself), we SAW HER and her kids! So we set up an appointment to go see her Monday evening. When we went she wasn’t there. But we came back on Wednesday- and she still wasn’t there. But we did meet with her cute little old mom and had an awesome discussion and gave her a Book of Mormon. She was super sweet. When she found out I was from Idaho, she asked me about all the different ways I cook potatoes. I had a hard time explaining “steamed” in Spanish, but she got it I think. Haha. We have an appointment to see her AND her daughter on Tuesday after the kids get home from school.
 
We also re-found another of our investigators, Jorge. He came to church once and then kind of fell off the face of the earth. Turns out everySunday since then has been a family member’s birthday and so he couldn’t come to church. But he’s done with school for now so he should be easier to get ahold of. While we were there, his mom invited us to come over Christmas Eve for tamales. She’s super nice- hopefully she can come to church with us too!
 
And I saved the best miracle for last- Zoya and her brother Anthony are going to get baptized! We stopped by on Saturday and talked about some of the commandments. Then we went over the baptismal interview questions to help them realize that they were already super prepared to take the step of baptism. The Spirit was super strong and they both said they were ready to be baptized this next week! We just need to talk to their mom so we can set a date that she can come because of her work. We planned out the program, with who to ask to give the talks and everything. We are SO excited for them! We just need to help their mom get up in the mornings to get them to church on time. We’re planning a good “keep the Sabbath Day Holy/Sacrament” lesson this week.
 
Love you all so much!
Pray for and expect miracles!
Sister Howell
 
PS- One more thing. People here are SO GENEROUS. Sister Beck mentioned to some of the Relief Society sisters that she loves tamales. The next day the RS President called and told us she had some tamales for us at her house. We stopped by to pick them up (we had to hurry to an appointment) and I was admiring her nativities from Guatemala… and she just GAVE some of them to us! I tried to protest, but she insisted. She’s just so nice. And that’s how EVERYONE is! (Last Sunday, Sister Beck complimented a member’s tie and he started to take it off right then and there! We convinced him that we didn’t need a tie, though. Haha.) It’s such a wonderful part of the culture that I want to be able to bring back with me. :] 
 
Pics- My wooden Guatemalan nativity, Sister Beck’s clay Guatemalan nativity, and the crazy Christmas light house we saw on the way to an investigator’s house.
 
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