This week has been another great week out here in Chapala. We just had transfers today and I'm staying! I am so happy to be here for at least another 6 weeks!! Only 3 more transfers to go!! So crazy!
We had a miracle on Tuesday! I am so happy to be a missionary. I definitely would not be learning the things that I have if I had not come out here to Mexico! Sorry this is a little long, but it's a cool story!
So we got a phone call on Tuesday from the offices saying that they had some guy from Arizona on the other line who wanted to pass us a reference. This guy is incredible!! He told us that 20 years ago he was a missionary out here in Chapala. He continued to tell us that about 3 months ago he was praying for the people he taught on the mission and then had an impression to go look at google maps of Chapala, specifically this one lady's house.
He then told us that he saw that there was a hotel in front of her house. He then got the info for the hotel and asked if they could walk across the street and leave his number with this woman. About 30 minutes later he got a call from Ivonne. This happened about 3 months ago and they have stayed in contact ever since.
We went to meet this woman the day after the phone call and she is incredible!!! She LOVES to talk and it is super hard to teach her because of that but she is amazing. She has 3 different kinds of cancer, she has had 11 operations and she has fractured 7 bones and she is the most positive woman I have met, considering her circumstances!! This guy and his wife (and maybe their kids) are going to try and come out here in March to baptize her! Such an amazing experience I am so excited to be able to be a part of this. It is only just beginning!
On Wednesday we went to the stake center near the temple and we got to listen to one of the members of the presidency of the seventy. His name is Elder Christensen. He talked about many cool things but there was one thing that I loved. He said that ¨The mission shouldn't be an expereince of 24 months, but it should be 24 months of experiences.¨ Every month we need to learn and grow and apply the things that we are learning. I am so happy to be here and to have learned the things that I have so far.
Yesterday we had 86 people at church. We are working so hard!! Last year the attendance average was 46 and we are almost doubling that now. There isn't enough room in the chapel for everyone!! So many miracles out here in Chapala!!
Well this next week we should be baptizing Adam if everything goes well. We have so many amazing investigators that are ready to be baptized!
I am so happy and absolutely loving it out here!! Thank you for all the love and support!! You guys are the best!!
Elder Mike Payne
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