Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9 in Carlos A. Carillo

Wow so this week was really crazy. My new area, Carlos A. C’arrillo, is like the suburbs (only suburbs don’t exist here) of a small city called Cosamaloapan. I think it’s spelled like that. In this town the focus of work is a giant sugar factory. They grow sugar cane in the surrounding areas and then they bring it all to this massive plant and it works on making sugar, day and night, without stop. Many men here work there, in three shifts: from 2pm-10pm, 10pm-6am, and 6am-2pm, I believe. Something like that. There are always massive trailers filled to the brim with sugar cane. Really close to the factory its SUPER loud and smells so sweet that it’s sickening. Eewww. Me and my district are super far away from everyone else. To go to zone classes and stuff we have to take a 2 hour train ride to Tuxtapec, the nearest city, which is actually in Oaxaca (another Mexican state, not Veracruz). 

Anyways, enough about that. We’ve been working super hard to find people. And we have! We found this investigator named Omar. He works the night shift at the factory and so is always really tired. He said he’d come to church with us, but when we came to his house to pick him up, he was super tired and wanted to sleep. (Church is at 9 in the morning, and he had worked late because he’s new there, up til 8 or something.) We promised him that if he came to church his sleepiness would be taken away. He came. And when we returned home with him, he told us that it was exactly how we said it’d be: the moment he entered the church, all the sleep was taken from his eyes and he was completely awake for the whole meeting. 

I know that these things could not happen if God did not exist. These are very real occurrences. The leaders of this church (the prophet and apostles) are literally authorized of God to lead us on this earth, and I know that God is at our head. This is His church, that He has restored through a prophet, and the gospel is the only way to have lasting peace.  

This photo is from wikipedia.

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