This week has been quite a bit better. Not so much in the numbers of lessons as in the number of people that we've been able to find and get to know. We wrote out all the names of the people that we visit or have visited in the last couple of weeks and the list was more than 50 people. The majority of them are grouped as families. So we're finding families!!!!!
A few of them already know the church in part and it'll be interesting this week to see how much they remember and how sincere they will be in their commitments. With a sufficient amount of the Spirit and testimony, we will be having a few more baptisms in the next few weeks. We're really beginning to see more enthusiasm here as well. At the same time, it's still hard to get things started from almost nothing. We also found out that the southern most town of the world, Puerto Williams, which has less than half the population of Tolhuin, already has it's own branch, and has for at least 15 years.... -.- So where's ours?! We're working on it.
One family, a mother with two of her children, were willing enough to accept a baptismal date last week, but since they didn't come to church we'll have to extend that date a little bit. They're a very intelligent family and love reading, so we're both hopeful that they will have been reading in the Book of Mormon when we pass by for our appointment tonight.
Another family of four, though the youngest os only 4, has also opened their doors to us... and he has a wood shop out back!! He said that any time we wanted we could come and use it if we let him know first. I know what I'll be doing for at least one preparation day sometime soon... But they've heard the missionaries before and went to church in Buenos Aires (the souther part of the area) when their grandmother was baptized about four years ago. The brother of the mother and his family did the same and we also met them and have an appointment with them tonight. We've got plenty of hope that these families will begin to keep their commitments and start the process that leads to eternal life (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end). We'll be working with these and a few other families and people this week, and of course, always looking for more.
Another family that we started teaching the other day went to church yesterday and they said they really liked the meetings. Well, the kids went at least. The parents were working night shift from 11:00 pm to 10:00 am (she's the supervisor and had to take inventory and report any needs once her shift ended at 7:00 am). They had recently eaten and were about to go to bed, so they sent their kids to get to know the stuff. And we have a visit with them planned for tomorrow.
So, the work progresses. In spite of the few who decide to leave, the number of people who witness their testimony of Jesus Christ by entering into the waters of baptism will continue growing. As prophesied of old, the boulder cut out of the mountain without hands will continue to roll forth until it has filled the earth. It will happen because God has decreed it. Now, I just wish it would move more on my timetable. But that's the joy of learning the virtue of patience. Yes patience is a virtue, and no I will not get out. (I know that at least one of you thought of that movie quote. The first to reply it wins!)
So, I hope that all u'yall have been having a splendiforous time in your lives. And I want to hear all about it... Without fail and forever I love you all!!! Get those kidlets a runnin', 'cause their uncle's a comin' (but we're not going to mention the time).
I love you all!
Elder Matthew H. Dewsnup
Misión Buenos Aires Norte
Gral. Lavalle 1828
1646 San Fernando
Buenos Aires, Argentina