This has been yet another awesome week here in Los Baños del Inca. This week we invited Shirley, who I mentioned last week, to prepare for a baptism date and she accepted. It was awesome and I will keep everyone updated on her. This week we had a really awesome experience while out contacting.
It was a Friday and basically all of our evening appointments had fallen through which meant it was time to contact. Contacting can be really fun if you get into it and have energy, but this Friday evening we were kind of low on energy and not quite in the mood to knock on doors. Well we decided to go do it anyway. We were knocking doors for a good 20 minutes without any luck more or less aimlessly tracting a part of Baños. Then it came to us that what we should do was pray. Something so simple can really make a big difference, but sometimes because it is something so easy we ignore to do it. Well we found a nice quiet spot on the side of the road and we offered a pray asking for energy and for God to guide us to at least one person who was ready to receive the Gospel. I do not think more than 30 seconds had passed by after finishing the prayer when a very specific house popped into my head. We had knocked on the door of this house a number of times with no one answering and there was always a little group of dogs outside that liked to give us a hard time. Even if it maybe did not seem to have too much promise, we decided to follow the prompting anyway. We approached the house and sure enough there was the little band of dogs parked outside. However this time as we approached instead of barking and growling as usual they gave us a nice warm greeting. We then went up to the door to knock. A middle aged man answered the door with a slightly stern expression, however, I do not think we had finished saying our names before he ushered us in to his home. He had answered the door in such a way that it seemed he had been waiting for us. We then went on to introduce ourselves and ask if he had met missionaries before and that is why he was so friendly to let us in. He had never met, seen, nor talked to missionaries before... it was a real strange miracle. We were left without words for a little while, a little dumb struck at how quickly God had answered our prayers. He not only lead us to a house that we could visit, but He also lead us to Jose, this middle aged man, who was so willing to let us into his home to teach before even knowing who we were. It was a true miracle and Jose as well has started to learn more about the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is currently on his rotation in the mine (most men work in the mines and have real difficult schedules) but we are praying that when he gets back we continue right where we left off because we were guided to his house for a reason. It was a true miracle and we made sure to thank our Heavenly Father right upon leaving the house.
This week we also had an awesome family home evening in our Bishop's house. We invited a whole bunch of investigators, and all of the young adults from the Baños ward came out. We enjoyed a nice barbecue Peruvian style and we played with his giant hyperactive golden retriever Rusty. For a spiritual message for the night we presented a great new video that the church has put out about the importance of discover the truth. Ideas and truths here on earth are always changing which often causes instability, but we can find true peace when we learn about God's truths. God's truths never change and when we learn of these things we can always trust in them and follow their guidance. The video is quite hilarious and explains about what happens when we find partial truths... Here is the link.
Give it a watch when you have 5 minutes.
Well this has been an awesome week here in los Baños del Inca and this coming week is going to be just as awesome as well.
Love Elder Jack Vassau