Thursday, August 11, 2011
Diego and Catalina
"Diego was the man who showed up at church last Sunday and accepted a baptismal date right there. We taught him a few times this week and the first thing we asked was if he and Carola were married...and they aren´t. We were so sad! In Chile is used to be illegal to get a divorce. A few years ago they finally passed a law legalizing divorce, but its really, really expensive. So, most people don´t ever get married, they just live together. Diego and Carola have been together for 10 years and they have a 6 year old daughter named Catalina. When Diego realized he couldn´t get baptized because he wasn´t living the Law of Chastity, it was so sad. He just looked at us and said, ¨But I thought all you had to have to get baptized was a testimony and a sincere heart.¨ It was so sad. We had to explain that you also had to live the commandments before getting baptized. We were really worried because when we asked them if they would like to get married Carola said, "No, never." But, when we went back and taught them the Law of Chastity and the importance of marriage and families and that they could be together as a family forever, she was much more receptive. The Lord definitely helps to work within the hearts of the people we teach. Its amazing. But, its also hard to get married here because its expenisive and you have to have a judge present. Scheduling the judge is a huge process that can take months. But, we have faith that it will all work out. Diego is so sweet he just wants to get baptized so badly. He keeps telling us how he just wants the gospel in his home to bless his family."