Monday, April 21, 2014

Feliz Dia De Pascua

First of all a few new rules have come to pass in the mission. Most I don´t have a problem with but a few I gotta fix. 1st of all we aren´t allowed to burn our clothing for celebration of a certain time in the mission... hahaha Exactly RIGHT after my year mark hah I feel bad because everyone in my zone knew about it and it just is to take care of the name of the church if random people see missionaries burning their clothing. They get freaked out. So Ciera or anyone, do you mind taking off my picture on my blog-facebook wherever it is.. I didn´t know at this time haha. The second is we aren´t allowed to ¨chat¨ on emails. Some missionaries are planning with their parents when they are on internet since we have unlimited time to talk with them, It's just distracting. I don´t have a big problem with that just sometimes with mom. But from now on only 1 message to the individual person. So ya. Gotta be obedient:)

I received the Package from Ciera. I now have my Asea and also some candy that I haven´t seen in a year. I'm saving the candy for a special time when I need it. You never know. Thanks Dad for the package! I re sent my package with some Chilean knick knacks for the family hopefully this time it gets to you! 48 dollars to send something is too much this might be the only time I send a package hahah I'm a poor missionary. 

Today we took a 2 hour nap for P Day. This past week wiped me out... Those are the best feelings when you come home literally dead from walking, talking, teaching, feeling the spirit, knowing you gave it your all that day. Nothing better. I was fasting and praying this past week for something... I didn´t know what just for something to happen here in the Sector in Tierra Amarilla. We were low on people progressing towards baptism. My fast and prayers and yours as well were answered. There is a family of 2 kids who have been coming to the church for 2 years but their parents haven´t let them get baptized. We gave up on them about 4 months ago because of their past and the Dad wouldn´t talk to us. Long story short, the other Elders have been working with their cousin, Gustavo who has 22 years and is best friends with our Mamitas Daughters. He is such a great guy and is more than prepared to get baptized. I wish I could explain it better but ya he is amazing, anyway now that Bastian and Alesandra´s Dad is seeing their older cousin preparing to get baptized this Saturday the Dad gave Bastian permission!!!!!!!! Alesandra hasn´t come to church for the past Month so the Dad told her when she shows that she can come to church she can get baptized. We have a Fecha for her on the 3rd or the 10th of May. Pure blessings. Answer to my prayer. I would have never thought Bastian and Alesandra would get baptized while I was here. Bastian and I have become good friends this past week. Such a funny kid he really likes MMA Fighting so we have fun talking about that. He likes playing wrestling games on the XBox. He is a cool kid. He asked for me to baptize him so him and his older cousin Gustavo (The Chilean Hulk) are getting baptized this Saturday together. I still can´t get over the blessing the Lord gave us. Thanks to the great example of his older cousin it made it possible. I love Saving Souls!

Jenny Smith is still progressing well. We had to move her baptismal Fecha for the 17th of May. She went on vacation this weekend so wasn´t able to come to church but it's okay. Her best friend Alleen and the Mom of Alleen are also helping so much. We devoted ourselves this week to lessons with members. We were able to have the most I have had in my whole mission of 10 lessons with investigators with a member present. That's the way to work more efficiently and I can already see a difference here in our sector. We're gonna look to beat that 10 this week with 11. We had interviews with our President of the Mission this past week. President Dalton is the best. I look up to him so much. 

We went to Nantoco for my converts birthday party. She invited us to eat lunch with her family. We are working with her 2 younger siblings to get them baptized. They are a very very poor family and the lunch was such a humbling experience. You could tell they went all out to make the lunch a great experience. Just looking at it it would have been a normal lunch that we eat. But the family showed so much love and gave us all they had. They have a very humble house in the middle of nowhere. I felt very grateful after the great lunch. 

The branch has energy to work and grow. The members are leaving with us, 49 people showed up to church the other day. All is good. A drunk dude kissed my hand and then rubbed my hand on his head. Just the normal daily drunk people experiences. He didn´t kiss my companions hand. He wanted me :) All is good. Happy Easter.

Mom you´re the best. I love you.

The packages and letters we received

The famous "couch dog"

Street in my area

The dog that always follows us around

Recent converts - Ximena and Alleen. Amazing family here.
All my Jerseys I have accumulated in my mission (I'm obsessed with Soccer Jerseys)

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