Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Cynthia Linneth Ruiz Salazar
This past Saturday, Cynthia was baptized and joined her mom and 2 sons as a member of the true church. She began to listen to the missionaries nearly a year ago with her sons, Josue y Efrain. She wanted to be baptized along with her sons, but because she was living en un union libre, couldn't until she was married. So that became su prioridad #1. Her sons were baptized in April 2014, and Satan began to put obstacles in her path.
First she had to get a divorce. She was still technically married to her first husband (she married him when she was 16 years old...when I was 16, boys still had cooties...) but he wasn't faithful to her, so she left him and found a new boyfriend. So before getting hitched again, she had to go through a long and expensive process of Divorcio.
And as if that wasn't enough, doctors discovered a tumor in her brain. After a major haircut and brain surgery, familia Ruiz Salazar once again found themselves low in funds but high in testimony.
While Cynthia was in the hospital she was blessed with powerful, spiritual experiences. When we taught her about the plan of salvation she commented that after her surgery, there was a moment when she slipped into a comma. She is quite certain that where "she went" in her comma, was the spirit world. A bright place, where everything was wrapped in gold and silver. There she found her two sons who died shortly after they were born. Happy, and grown up. And in the center of everything, a giant, magnificent tree. And beneath the tree, Heavenly Father, watching over all. She said that she felt such peace there, but knew that her time had not yet come.
After she awoke from her comma, the doctors were amazed how quickly she was improving. Being able to eat normal foods, walk around, and such. She recognized it as the effect of a priesthood blessing that she received before the operation. And while in her last days of recuperation she read her Book of Mormon. A fellow patient asked her what and why she was reading all the time. Cynthia explained what is the Book of Mormon to her, shared her testimony, and gave her new friend her book, saying that she could easily obtain another one (which we gladly gave her).
Now, even though her hair has grown since then, you can still see the operation scar on her head.
And now we were left with only 2 problems. 1st: Collecting enough money to pay for a civil marriage. Resolution: bodas colectivas para 14 de Febrero. Solo cuesta 1 peso. Now that's what I call cheap. 2nd: Legally Cynthia had to wait 1 year after her divorce to marry again.... and February was too soon. Answer: Fast. My testimony has shot up in regards to the power of fasting. Worried that the government would shut down Cynthia's request to be married due to her divorce, she, Hna. Aviles, and I fasted specifically for that cause. In two weeks, with fingers crossed, we went to submit her papers, and they put an appointment for her marriage. Not saying a single word about her divorce.
So Thursday she got married, Saturday was baptized, and Sunday confirmed a member of the Church. The whole ward was amazed that it was finally able to happen.
It was a good week.