This week has been full of surprises and miracles, and I guess that’s just how the mission is! I was thinking about it the other day, that even though I have had a lot of trials and difficulties here in Guatemala, I will be really sad to leave. Just the thought of it makes me anxious and scared! Only return missionaries (or those who are about to leave) will understand that feeling…
On Saturday, our ward had a cool bike activity this week that toured around the city. We rode on the outskirts of the town, by the river, and then back on the main street. The municipalidad was included to guide the tour and provide the safety instructions. It was awesome! I haven’t ridden a bike in a year, so that was a little painful – but it was a good relaxing experience. Only three people crashed. We even had some investigators there who enjoyed the activity with their families, which was a good bonding experience for the members and new members of the Church. Right now we are looking for more ideas for ward activities.
Last week I mentioned Angel, and how he was progressing a bit slowly. Our district leader did his interview and Angel accepted the 29th. Everything was set for the 29th when on Saturday, returning from the activity in our dirty clothes and bikes, we ran into him (not literally) in the street. After chatting a bit, he mentioned that he didn’t know if he was going to be available the 29th to be baptized. Just before getting really sad, we challenged him to get baptized that night. He said, “Can you do that? Is that allowed?” We responded with a resounding “YES”. “Okay,” he said, “I’ll be there at 6:30”. We hurried around getting everything ready and he was baptized that night! For as quickly as it was planned, it was one of the most spiritual baptisms I have attended. There were a good amount of members and some investigators too! Angel is really faithful and is excited to be a “hermano de la iglesia”.
Yesterday in church I was looking around at the few amount of members that came and had a couple thoughts. As members of the Church, we are expected to keep the commandments, go to our regular meetings, and fulfill certain responsibilities. But at what point does our religious activity in the Church become merely routine? Is our devotion and worship of our Heavenly Father becoming a section of our busy life that we only occasionally attend to? Where’s the HEART in our Church service? As I was pondering these questions, I thought about my life before the mission, and how much my perspective has changed on the importance of the gospel. How can we become more active in the gospel and serve with all of our HEART? Pray with real intent. Read scriptures daily. Look for service and missionary opportunities. Don’t just sit around waiting for a calling, you’ve been called! Go do it!