3 Nephi 26:9 And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them. 10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation. 11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people.
This scriptures called my attention this week in my personal studies of the Book of Mormon. In this part of the Book of Mormon, the Savior personally ministered in the Americas and was teaching his Gospel and establishing His church. I love this promise to us that if we believe the things that he taught us when he came (3 Nephi 11-27), we can receive the greater things. This scripture reminded me of the promised blessings as we live the Word of Wisdom, a commandment given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, that we can receive ''hidden treasures'' and great knowledge. These commandments are meant to try our faith, if we are obedient, we are blessed. I know that God blesses those who deserve His blessings- those who receive His word and then act on it!
This was a tough week. Our investigators Maximino and Concepcion are going through deep trials right now. Concepcion felt sorry for herself this week because she has been really struggling to learn what we have been teaching. This family has gone through a lot and now Maximino and Concepcion got in a fight and now are separated and their baptismal date is no longer going to go through. We have seen great progress with them and have seen and felt the influence of the Spirit with them but now we are seeing the work of the devil separating families and detaining their spiritual progress. Max is going to move away and we don't even know where Concepcion is at to keep visiting her but we are still praying fervently for them.
Teodora as well was progressing and we put a baptismal date for 24 of June and her family wasn't in agreement with this decision because she has already been baptized as a child and is not ready to take such steps right now but I know that we have been able to help prepare her so that further down the road somebody else can baptize her. A lot of the investigator that we have been teaching told us not to come back for personal reasons and so now we just have to keep looking for those who want to learn of Christ and follow Him.
There are a few positive points that occurred this week! Presidente Henry is now back from California and is going to keep helping us with the branch's progress. We now have found solutions to our problems about not eating and Presidente Gabaldón has helped us a lot as well. Our investigator Jesus is doing really well and preparing for his baptism on June 24! He attended seminary this week and we were super happy about that! For the first time in my mission this week I gave a lesson to an American lady here in Pescadero. I didn't think I would be able to do it very well but the Spirit was able to help me with the correct words that the lady needed to hear.
"Es preciso que haya opocision en todas las cosas.." 2 Nefi 2:11