Missionary moments: ‘They are happier’

The Hernandez family was one of the many miracles I witnessed in the Mexico City North Mission. My companion, Elder David Rubio, and I had recently arrived in the mission field. We had seen some good results, but felt there was more we could do. We realized we were far short of our contacting goals and committed to make at least 15 additional contacts before lunch each day.

We had many appointments the following day. Most were not home or didn’t answer the door. When we couldn’t find one particular address, we decided to knock on doors in the area. At one home, Elder Rubio recognized a woman he had spoken with the day before. Her name was Laura. She seemed busy, and though no one else in her family was interested, she invited us in.

We returned the next day. Again Laura invited us in. We spoke of the plan of salvation. She became much more interested and began asking questions. She was excited about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. We returned the next day to find others in the family interested. They began reading and praying. They attended church that Sunday and loved it. Laura told us she knew in her heart without a doubt that she had found the restored Church of Jesus Christ.

She was baptized the next week, along with her children, Ana, Eduardo and Oskar. Her husband, Cesar, was very happy with their decision to be baptized, but refused baptism for himself, though he continued to attend Sunday meetings.

A few weeks after these baptisms, we returned to share a short lesson on families. Feelings were strong. In a prayer, 9-year-old Oskar prayed that his father would be baptized so they could go to the temple and be an eternal family.

I was transferred a few days later and was not able to attend Cesar’s baptism soon after.

Laura confessed later that after our first lesson, she had little interest and decided to tell us not to return. But when we arrived for our second visit, she simply forgot about her decision as we began to teach. She told us how the teachings of that day seemed right in her heart. Because of her former religion, she had become disillusioned with organized religion. She felt that the things we taught were what she had always believed.

Laura has served as Primary president, while her daughter, Ana, has been a teacher. Eduardo is a priest preparing to serve a mission. Cesar and Oskar support family members in their callings. As a family, they are preparing to be sealed. Laura witnesses that her testimony is strengthened every day as they strive to live the gospel. She has noticed a change in her family. They are united. They are happier. They are working together toward eternity, and they love the Church.

— Elder Jarom Prestwich