Well, this past week was awesome. I just wanted to talk a little about a couple stories.
The first one is about the Diaz Cañari Family. One day we went to an appointment kinda far in our area and when we got there, only women were present in the home. So we went to a member's home to see if the brother could come with us. He said he was busy but directed us to a home where other members lived. He told us - go knock on that door. The brother will help you. We didn't even know that members lived there but we went over and knocked on the door. Brother Diaz, as we later found out was his name, answered the door and very reluctantly accepted our request and he changed into some church clothes and came with us. After the lesson we took out an appointment with him and his family, and went back the next week. Hermano Diaz told us that they had been inactive for over a year and that when we knocked on his door, he felt that Heavenly Father still hadn't given up on him. I told him that I knew God's hand was in all of this and it wasn't a coincidence that we had found him. He had served a mission and his wife as well was a return missionary. He said that he remembered his mission when he went to the lesson with us. Well, that all happened like 4 weeks ago, and he and his wife and two little kids have come to church for three Sundays in a row. I was so happy to see them make that decision to come back. I am grateful to the Lord for directing us to that home and that family, even though it was in a way we really didn't expect. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
We also have been working really hard with a 19 year old kid named Israel. He has accepted and is super excited for his baptism this Saturday at 5 in the afternoon. He is an amazing kid. He told us he wanted to change his life, and that his parents wanted that he change his life, so he felt this was the way to do it. He has been to church three times now and loves how he feels. He did tell us though, that if his parents found out that we were visiting him in his home, they would freak out, even though they like the results. Luckily though, he is over age and we don't need his parents' permission. He also plays semi-professional soccer and always has championships or tournaments on Sundays. He is thinking about completely dropping soccer because there are very few games during the week anyway. He also said it was probably best for his injured knee. It is amazing to see the change in Israel and the changes he is willing to make. I love seeing his testimony grow and how prepared he was by the Lord, but also the fruits of hard work, good lessons, great help from the ward and Young Single Adults, and fasting and prayer. Israel is a miracle.
I love this work. I know this Gospel is true. I know our Savior and Father live and guide us today through a living prophet. I love you all and pray for my family and friends every day.
Elder Wes Wilcox