This week has been lots of ups and downs and really hot! Gotta love it!
Sadly, we taught the Espiritu family again, and they did not have a good experience at church. They noticed, "All the members were on their phones while other members bore there testimonies... That's not what we should do in the house of the Lord...". NOOOOOOO were so sad. That was a whole family that we thought was golden did not really enjoy church... Since then, they have been kinda hiding from us having "headaches" and not being able to answer the door. We will not give up on them and we can still salvage it for sure! It can still happen but it will be an uphill battle.
On the other hand, my spiritual experience this week was teaching the Sonorio Family. We had taught the wife and kids a few times at a member's house but the father always refused to join us. He's an abusive man and has anger problems and did NOT like that we teaching his family. This week we decided to go back to teach them. When we went over there the wife with scared eyes mouthed, "Not now, my husband is here." But Elder Bolnick, who has no fear, stuck his head in and talked to the dad again. Elder Bolnick was trying to reason with him to let us teach them as a family even for just 15 minutes... The dad kept saying his head was hurting and he had to go to work but then he finally let us come in. We went in and taught about a sacred place, called the temple. We talked about "The Family, A Proclamation To The World". As if his stony heart was struck by the staff of Moses, he let the message sink into his soul. He then blurted out, "I get you now, I get your church, that's actually way better than ours, which is more on the individual". Then he told us he wanted to come to church as a family... And they did! I'm so grateful for Elder Bolnick's boldness and the spirit that filled our mouths and softened that heart of that man. It was an unbelievable miracle. I now understand now what Elder Bednar was referring to when he compared Moses splitting the Red Sea and having that same spirit with us TODAY. To me, this man's pride giving way to the spirit is just a big a miracle to me as Moses crossing the Red Sea on dry ground. The spirit filled their home. His wife was beaming. She gave the closing pray in tears and she thanked the Lord for softening her husbands heart.
As you can see, if was definitely lots of different things going on this week! Even with the Espiritu family, if it's not their time now, but can still be in the coming months or years.
I'm grateful that our Father in Heaven sees from eternity to eternity and is mindful of all His children, being no respecter of persons.
I'm grateful that the Savior lives and that he loves us.