This week was AWESOME! I'm gonna skip right to the highlight:THE WEDDING.
So we have been teaching Angel and Mayra for about a month. The first time we met Mayra she was not down to listen. Actually her 3 year old invited us in...and she tried to say no but we listened to the 3 year old and walked in! She told her mom when we left "Mom don't keep inviting them back. they are gonna make you quit coffee and who knows what else!"
But pretty soon Mayra felt the spirit so strong that by the end of the week she had quit her coffee addiction and her and her AWESOME husband had a baptismal date.
They are the coolest family. Their little kid Angelo always calls me "Johnson" or "Mr. Johnson". HAHA this kid is the funniest human alive. Every time he sees us he gives us a fist bump and says "Whats up dude!"
We have been at their house almost every day for the past month. We have gotten to know them so well. They have crazy pasts. He was a big time DJ/Dancer...and she was a party girl. And they never got married cause they never had money to do something fancy. Partying was wrecking their relationship and jobs and everything like that. So once they understood the gospel it was pretty clear the living the commandments would solve their problems.
We were planning their baptism one day and we started teaching about being sealed in the temple. Angel says "That's perfect, in one year we can finally be married!" I was like YOU AREN'T MARRIED?!
haha. SO we taught the law of chastity and they told us they can't get married because all of their finances and insurrance for their kids. They said it would cost thousands of dollars to change to a legal marriage. yikes.
Within two days they decided that it doesn't matter. If God wants married couples then they would get married ASAP no matter the cost. Their faith is INSANE.
So we planned the wedding! Pablo brought all the decorations, we set up ALLLLLL DAY, the family and some members did food...it was awesome. And Mayra was BLOWN AWAY. She said she has never been so happy in her whole life.
The ceremony was PERFECT. The bishop did the ring exchange, I sang I Stand All Amazed, and then there were a few talks. They looked SO HAPPY. Then they got baptized in front of like 40 non member family members. After we had toasts, dinner, and the family danced for hours. It was so funny and fun. Everyone was line dancing and swinging each other around...mean while us and the elders were just awkwardly watching haha. Everyone kept coming up to us and telling us to marry Mexicans so we can have a wedding like this.
I just couldn't be more honored and happy to know Mayra and Angel. My heart was SO FULL. Their whole life changed over night. They both can't wait to be able to serve in their church and for their two kids to serve missions. In my toast I talked about how they are going to be together forever and it hit me so hard that IT'S TRUE. They are on the road to the Celestial Kingdom! And they are going as a FAMILY! I couldn't have been happier in that moment.
Well, That's the week! We found 6 new people to teach in the last week, so hopefully we get the ball rolling with a few of these awesome new families!a