Thursday, December 4, 2014

Puerto Viejo, Heredia, Costa Rica 12.2.14

Dear Family,

I'll start this week with commenting on the photos. The bloody hand and knife is because we were throwing knives in the backyard for Thanksgiving and mine slipped accidentally. Just kidding. It's the Kool-Aid mix that Grandma sent in the Birthday Package! Thanks grandma! The other photos are of me and Elder Hernandez in our homemade ponchos.
This week has been pretty different. We have been doing our best to help our investigators progress. We lost about 6 of our progressing investigators. They like reading the Book of Mormon, but they have all said "I like your book, but I will never go to church." Well saying that shows that they don't have sincere desires to follow Christ. We tried teaching each of them about 4 times after those comments pleading for them to pray to know what Heavenly Father wants them to do. One even said, "What's the point of asking God if I'm not going to follow the answer? Even if He said that your church is true I wouldn't come still. I don't want to be a Mormon" Well that just about killed us on the spot. 
Other than that the week has been great. We have been starting to find more investigators that want to come unto Christ. We are dedicated to find those that the Lord has prepared for us. 
This last month President Wilkenson made the goal for us to baptize and confirm 200 souls for the month of November. The whole mission worked hard with prayer and fasting and every ounce of work we could give. In Costa Rica, this mission has never baptized 200 people in a single month. We worked hard. This last weekend we finished this month and President Wilkenson sent a message to all of us to give thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who answers our prayers. We finished this month with 203 newly baptized and confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a miracle!
Heavenly Father loves us. If we are willing to act in faith, He will bless our efforts. I know this to be true.

Siga Adelante,

-Elder Neider

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