Monday, December 30, 2013

Feliz Navidad!

Hola familia y amigos!

Not a lot of interesting stuff happened this week. We teaching a guy named Cruz who is married to a member. They're getting married this Saturday and he's going to be baptized afterwards. It counts as a family baptized before Christmas because it's a family to complete. I hope all goes well with that!

We've been trying to get Esperanza and Francisco to come to church for the past 4 weeks and something has always come up. They promised to be there this Sunday and we even called them to remind them, but they didn't come. This week we're going to stress the importance of going to church and of not postponing their repentance. Hopefully we can get them to move up their marriage and baptismal date.

We contacted a guy named Jorge Bendito this week who is super great! He accepted the invitation to come to church in the first contact (and he indeed came on Sunday) and he said that he wanted to learn more about our church! We'll have our first lesson with him this week. I'm excited. On Sunday, we did our special musical number for Christmas. I had a solo for the second verse and received a lot of compliments afterwards.

We had another great lesson with Gloria and her family this week and she is golden! She pretty much told us that she wants to be a member, but doesn't want to give up her Virgin Mary. We explained to her that she doesn't have to. Mary was an exceptional woma and a chosen vessel, and we have a great respect for her; we just don't worship her. We only worship God. Mary can hold a special place in her heart, but we should focus on Jesus Christ. He is the center of everything. Also, her husband Armando watched the restoration video we left with them TWO TIMES! Awesome. I know God has a lot in store for this family.

Yeah, that's pretty much it for this week. Sorry for the boring letter haha.

I hope you all have a very special Christmas and remember the reason for the season. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior! I know it and am so grateful to have the opportunity to proclaim his love to the people of Nicaragua. I love you all!! FELIZ NAVIDAD!! Lots of love, Hermana Hawkins

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