So as I mentioned in the last week, we had a baptismal service scheduled for the 27th of February. Elder Flores and I looked everywhere to find someone who was ready, but we couldn't find anyone. Then we got a call from our Zone Leaders. They said, "Hey, have you guys thought about going to talk with Juan Ramon?" (Juan Ramon is an old man who loves to come to church, but never ever wants to be baptized) We told them we'd give it a shot, and went over to his little aluminum shack to talk with him.
When we talked to him, he accepted us like he'd been waiting for us. He then told us that he had been talking to one of his friends in the ward, and that he wanted to be baptized. Elder Flores and I were both stunned. We didn't know what to do or say, except to invite him to the baptismal service on Saturday. He accepted, and we prepared him throughout the week to be baptized. And then he got baptized this Saturday! The Lord prepares people's hearts his own way, in his own time.
This week, I've been able to see the effect of prayer. We had been working hard together all this time, but nobody wanted to listen, nobody was progressing or accepting the message. We prayed hard all week that just 1 person could accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives, and we had this miracle here with Juan Ramon.
Thank you guys for writing and reading! Always remember to "watch and pray oft, that ye enter not into temptation" because really, God will protect you from all your challenges and from all the pains that the world can cause us. No one ever said this life would be easy, but no one ever said it had to be hard. It doesn't have to be hard if we depend on our Counselor and Savior.
Elder Jeffrey Reed