Last Sunday we had the privilege of visiting one of the wards here in Guadalajara. The son of the lady who helps me, leaves on his mission next week and my husband and I were invited to speak in sacrament meeting with him.
It was such an honor to attend! A year ago when we arrived in Mexico, there were only about 90 people attending the ward. Now there are consistently over 200. The ward has given wonderful support to the missionaries as well as supporting the new members. Also a year ago there were only 2 missionaries there, and now there are 8. And eight is a lot when you have to feed them!! (All of our missionaries have their main meal during the day provided by the ward/branch they serve in. The members do this for free, and often at a great sacrifice.) I heard from a sister in the ward that she fed all 8 enchiladas and two of the elders ate 12 enchiladas each!
But there were two very memorable things that happened when we were there. First I learned that a photo was taken of all the members of the ward who went out at night to help the missionaries teach and there were around 40 people in the picture. I haven't seen the picture, but I would love to!
And second, at the beginning of the meeting the bishop had two people stand up who were being baptized this Saturday. Then two more were called up to be confirmed members of the church. I loved that!! How wonderful it would be if that happened in every ward, every Sunday!
We are so grateful for the dedicated missionaries who work so hard to share the gospel with the people here in Mexico, and very thankful for the wonderful members who work right along side them!