This week we have been teaching a cousin of some converts that got baptized during the summer. He's named Azael, and he is such a cute 11 year old kid. His mom wants to learn too, but right now she is living here and in monterrey, so she can't go to church that often. Azael went to church with his cousins this Sunday though. In the beginning, Azael didn't want to do anything, didn't want to pray, didn't want to answer questions, and his mom was making him pray and answer questions. Now he volunteers to pray and answer questions. It's amazing the story of this family. It all started with a member saying that the missionaries should teach her friend. The friend got baptized, and her cousins went to the baptism. The missionaries taught the cousins, and they got baptized. Now we are teaching even more of the extended family, and you can tell that they are prepared to receive the gospel. Azael's mom actually makes him read the Book of Mormon everyday and write a summary about what he learned to make sure he was paying attention. She started this way before we started them. He's already finished 1 Nephi. It makes me really grateful for the Lord because He really does prepare people to have their hearts open enough to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are teaching some other people that have so real promise too. I'm super pumped for this next month. It's going to awesome! I can't wait for Christmas!
I was thinking about some of the things my mission has taught me, and one of the things that has had the biggest impact on me is how important families are. Before I knew that families are important, but now I feel the importance of families so much stronger. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each and every one of us, and part of that plan is for us to be saved with our families. The gospel is a guide to strengthen us individually and more importantly as a family. It's with our families that we can have the most happiness. I'm eternally grateful for my family. They really have supported me and been amazing examples for me. I feel so blessed that I get to be with them for eternity. When I think about my family, it reminds me to work with all my strength here, so the people here in Reynosa can have eternal families too.
I love y'all!