Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Week 63: "Go Wherever Your Best Prayers Take You"



So about 2 months ago, I wrote a letter about how we found a family in our area, and today, and I am going to retell it for those who missed.

On one beautiful Thursday, Elder Guerra and I had just finished planning for the week. We were pretty anxious to find a complete family since that had been a common request in many of our prayers. This Thursday, we were tired of not finding one, so we decided to do an experiment to test Gods ability to lead us to a family that was ready to receive the Gospel. We grabbed the map of our area, and we divided it into three groups, and we gave a number to each one. Then, we got on our knees and said a prayer. We asked God to indicate to us which number was the location that we needed to go to, to find the family that He had prepared. When we finished the prayer, we agreed that on the count of three, we would say the number that was most predominant in our mind. 1, 2, 3, boom. We said the same one. OK, it was the first time, there are just three numbers, beginners luck right? So we took that area that we had agreed on, and we divided it into 3 again and did the same thing. Once again, we said the same number. We repeated this process 6 times, and every time that we prayed together, we said the same number (one time we decided to pray individually, and this was the only time that we spoke a different number. We took it as a hint that God wanted us to be united).  We got it down to three streets out of our entire area.This was the last time we would pray, and we could both feel the Spirit very strongly. After repeating the process for the final time, we both spoke the same street name: Calle Serena. This very hour, we left the house and practically sprinted to the street, absolutely sure that it was where God needed us to go, and not just the result of some silly guessing game. In search of a family, we spotted a parked mini van outside a house. We knocked on the door, a grown man opened, and a few moments later, we met the familia Torres Ibarra.  

2 months later on the 2nd of May 2015, that amazing and beautiful family entered the waters of baptism together. It was one of the most amazing days of my entire mission. Seeing their faces as they left the font and as they celebrated together in a group hug, was a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

I am absolutely 100% sure, and do not have a single doubt that Elder Guerra and I were once again led by the Lord to find this family, proof that not only does God exist, but that he answers the prayer said with faith and real intention. I love this work so much, and am so so so grateful to have been the means by which this family could grow one big step closer to God. 

Love you Mommys!!! Talk to you all on Sunday!!!

Elder Bernal

"Go wherever your best prayers take you."
   - Frederick Buechner

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