This week was a great week! First, we had a baptism! This Saturday, Maikol got baptized! He is awesome. Seriously The kids in this family are like my little brothers! One of them told me on Sunday he would be sad when I left! But good thing is, I think Ill be in this area for a longgggg time! haha. Maikol is 9 and lives with his 2 aunts! The aunts have reactivated and are reading the book of Mormon every day with him!
We had changes last Tuesday....ANDDDDDDDDDDDDD nothing changed! Haha. Im still with Elder Garcia in Del Maestro! This week, we finally found an inactive at her home. Lorena 22 and has not gone to church in over 6 months. We show up, and her mom, Celia is there too, who did not get baptized when Lorena did. Well, her mom begins to ask how do we know which church is true. Well, it just so happened that we were just about to talk about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. As we were reading from Joseph Smith History, the spirit was super strong! After the lesson, she told us she has been reading the Book of Mormon, knows it is true and wants to be baptized! She explained to us, that a couple of weeks ago, she had a dream that 2 missionaries came walking down from the street too her house. Later that week, we went bye her house, but a lady with a young baby said Lorena and the owner aren't home. We thought, oh man, that is probably Lorena. (people use that excuse so they don't have to talk with us) She told us that when her friend told us we came bye, she thought she missed her chance! But then we went bye the next week and found them! They both came to church on Sunday and were really glad they did! So this month, she will be baptized! It was such a cool experience, a testimony builder that there truly are people out there prepared to receive the gospel!
Thank you all for the emails and packages, it makes my day 10x better no matter if it is an awesome day or not! haha
Baptism with Maikol
With Elder Smith, Flores, and Garcia waiting for the interview with maikol!
98211 and 53.9 miles this week
1. Transfers/ Changes, what's new in your area?
no changes, nothing! well, in our ward one of the elders left and american came, so that was nice. Elder Bridge from San Jose. Elder Castro is the other elder and i really like him, his one of my better friends in the mission!
2. How is your back doing?
my back is doing better. first, i think i am accustomed to so much empedrada, and i think its the dr schols that are helping so much! theses ones were different, but better! haha, they have a lot of support!
3. Did you get Gaga's package?
nope, i was in the office expecting to get her package but i didnt get anything!
4. Are you running low on any supplies?
well it was funny. last week i ran out of deodorant so i bought one here and then i opened the package and saw you had sent some! haha. i could use some face wash and some acne stuff to put on the face when you sleep? ill need some hair gel but not for like 4 months..
5. What treats are you wanting?
the package was seriously the best one ive opened yet! it had everything i wanted!!!!! thank you so much! a treat hmmm..sour patch watermelon maybe? haha. Oh and the lara bars peanut butter cookie..so good. i loved everything in that package!" haha.
6. Who are you currently working with and how are they progressing?
right now, we are working most with C......, a 47 year old. Her daughter is an inactive member and we visited her last week (after searching for 2 weeks to find her home). We show up and talk about the book of mormon and share the first vision, reading from JSH and her mom tells us how she knows the book of mormon is true and wants to be baptized. So they both came to church on sunday and her mom will be baptized the 20! We are also working with a 16 named L...... She wants to be baptized, only problem is getting the permission from her dad. She's been to church 3 times now and so just needs the permission. Her mom said yes, but lives in spain so we are going to ask president if that will work! other than that, we need to find more people. I get a little frustrated her because the men want absolutely nothing! the guys here almost always couldn't care less about any church, and the girls will listen to us. We have another women, A....... 28, who has been to church 2 times, needs to get married, but her husband is the problem. Me and Elder Garcia are trying to find a guy to teach but we just cant right now haha. We found 1 on Saturday that accepted the baptism invitation but he doesn't live in our area but in Asuncion....haha
8. What is church like there, do you go for three hours and is there classes?
yeah, its the same here, just smaller. And they members have more than one calling, and for a long time. Honestly be greatful there are a lot of people in the US bc the callings here are like jobs...everyone has so much to do! and they usually choose not to do it hahaha. but there are some really great members too!
9. Did you go to the mission office last pday?
yeah, we've been to the office 4 weeks in a row now...so guess what. 2 Mondays ago on our way back in a bus i saw a gluten free bakery. 5 minutes walking from the office. so last monday, we tried going and they had a sign that said they moved starting last monday. but still close to the office. so we went to where we thought it was but couldn't find it..and now i have no idea. haha i was sad. every monday, if we are in the office, we eat at burger king haha. I eat a chicken salad and a vanilla milk shake. Their salads are actually really good!
10. How are the mosquitos? I have heard that dengue fever is going around?
no, it really isnt bad in my area! I saw Hma Ashby in the office today! They are going to test her next for a different mosquito disease, one that is super new here and is coming from brazil...but she is still doing good under the circumstances! her mom still in your ward?
11. Clayton want's to know how San Lorenzo is different from Pedro Juan?
the food!!!!!! I don't get black beans at all anymore! and usually not rice either. its sad haha. but theres aa 17 yr old in our ward named Isael, he and i get along really well and we were talking, his favorite foods to eat for lunch is rice beans and meat. i told him that was mine, and he's going to give us food this week! haha he says his mom makes the best rice ever!