This week we had a special event at the Church at 6:00 pm to talk about happiness, and to have a bit of food. We also had Sacrament. Typical.
This week was a week where we had a lot happen. A lot of good, and one super bad.
The investigator Gilbert attended the special event at the church at 6, and also for Sacrament. He said he loved it, and after wards we had a lesson with him on the Restoration. He accepted a baptismal date for the 17th of December, if he feels that our message is true. He also was pretty open with us and said he felt comfortable around me. I think because I can speak English and he can ask questions he thinks are stupid to me without others being able to understand. He knows a lot about the scriptures, so when we talked about Joseph Smith's first vision we also had to talk about Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration to be able to explain it. It's crazy because you'd expect a gangster without religion to know nothing more or less about scripture. Anyway, he is a golden investigator.
Marcello is progressing still. He is working to break some addictions. He is a guy who knows a lot about the scriptures, but it's Jewish belief, and his wife knows the catholic way, so we have a lot of talk during those lessons also.
My favorite family (I love this family) is the Family Garcia. Leonor, Lucy, Allisson, and Diego Andres. They are super cool. They are super open and willing to believe, but the problem is attending church. They are about 30 minutes walking from the church, and money is somewhat a problem, because she is paying for her kids to receive good education. We just need to keep visiting and talking with them, and they will start to see the blessings.
This week, we met a lady who can see spirits, and contacted her. After about 30 minutes, we had probably nine new spirit investigators, and also her. It was a little crazy, but now we just try to avoid her in the streets.
Another cool experience when we were walking down the street, and we started hearing this whistling. Well, in Colombia, thieves whistle to call their friends to them. The whistling was a dude behind us, so we started walking super fast and when we turned a corner, started running. It sucks because I like whistling a lot, but if I whistle I'm going to get robbed! This has happened about three times where we've been marked for robbing. Edgy.
Anyway, my testimony this week is over Joseph Smith! He is such an awesome person! Almost everybody in the United States knows about him, whether they call him John Smith, or the gold digger, they all have had his name, for good or for bad. The first Prophet of the latter day, and final dispensation. I bear testimony that he was a prophet, and he did restore the Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth, that we might all come unto a knowledge of our Redeemer. Just as all of the greatest prophets like Abraham, or Moses, he has something incredible he has done. A fruit, that we may know him by. For Abraham, he was willing to sacrifice his covenant son. For Moses, he led Israel out of Egypt, and performed some of the greatest miracles we can read about, along the way. For Joseph Smith, we have the Book of Mormon, and other modern revelations, as well as The True Church, re-established on the earth! I invite all men to hear his story, and to study the Book of Mormon. Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and then for them to ponder it. It is so important for us to know about these things for ourselves, and we have been given a promise.
In Moroni 10:4-5.
If we hear of these things, or read the Book of Mormon, we should pray, not accepting any teachings of men as enough, but to go to God himself, and ask if these things are true. And if we do this with faith, real intent, and a sincere heart, we can know the truth of these things!
Anyway, I am doing good in Colombia. It's awesome that Harrisonville won State. Now we just have to do it next year. Best of luck also to all of the people in Elf. I wish I was there to be able to watch it.
Elder Connor Tracy
Colombia Bogota North Mission
September 2016 - September 2018