Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday, March 1 2010 - Pray for the Chilean Missionaries

first im sorry i cant send pics!! maybe the new site will be able to. Well this week is a sad one right now, three missionaries died in one mission in chile, via dela rosa i think, and 13 are missing, and its in the mission that was farthest from the epicenter, my district leader is from conception chile and the only news they have from there is that the church is completley destroyed, and his house is across the street, so hes been trying to call his family but noone is answering, and the mission president doesnt has been trying to contact the conception mission but to no success. So we are a little nervous, but trust in the lord.
On a brighter note, this weeks weather has been freezing! A whopping 65 degrees during the night!! and about 81 to 85 during the day!! Haha cool no! its definitly been great physically, i started to work out really hard because ive gained a few pounds... maybe just a little more than a few haha, but its all good! Yesterday there was a huge fire! My area is the farthest from the city, right on the country line and the whole countryside was on fire!! The whole countryside! It was crazy, ive been pretty tired this week, working hard, trying to forget about home alot haha, its hard to work when homesick, but its so easy to forget yourself when you work, ive learned alot of patience this week and its paying off, i love to learn from my trials!! When all of the missionaries get together it always comes up how much longer we have, and most only have a year, 7 or 8 transfers, and i always say i have like 26 or so, which is like 4 years haha, everyone laughs and then i realized that we shouldnt worry about time haha.
Our investigators are lazy this week, the gomez family is progressing though! The dad is still a pain in the butt, he never really had a father growing up and had noone to tell him what to do so when we come in and ask him to come to church and keep the commandments and read the book of mormon he is a little rebelious, a big baby haha, but were working with him, hes starting to change a little, i found his weakness is his children so ive been getting them to come to church and to mutual and stuff like that, and he will slowly change. Ramon got married and we are going to have his baptism friday! He is always reading the book of mormon which is sweet and he is definitly excited to be baptised, his whole family is catholic and hes willing to be discharged from his family to be a member. I also have another baptism friday, a young 14 year old named juan, he is loving the gospel and is loving all of the free books he gets from us haha. But the rest of our investigators arent doing so hot, one family named angel silva, the kids are a mess! haha they threw ice cream all over me so for the rest of the day it looked like i had been massacred with ice cream! Smelled awful, its such a disgusting flavor of ice cream, im gagging just thinking about it! haha, none of our other investigators are progressing so we are starting to drop them for a month or so to see if they really want to progress. So we are finding new investigators and we found a less active family who has alot of family members that are not members but are willing to listen, and its always best when they have known members for a while so we are starting to work with them! And we encountered a couple who the man in just like uncle dave, such a wierdo! ;) no haha he is really funny and energetic and wants to learn about our gospel, mostly so he can find out how to steal the solid gold angel on top of the temple haha, they are progressing rapidly for just encountering them so hopefully we have a chance! My companion isnt the best at obedience but im trying my hardest to help him, its a little tough but patience will win out, i feel like we can have so much more success if he is just willing to keep all of the little rules, and we will be able to work so much more effiencintly and powerfully! Funny story, i encountered a man on saturday morning in the city, because all of the missionaries got together to revive old members, and a man approached me and started to speak english, so i tried my hardest to talk to him in english but freak it was hard! I couldnt do it very well and only half of my words came out english, but he said that our religion was by far the best and that he really wants to join but believes that christ drank wine so he doesnt want to come to church, but the point of the story is that i can speak english very well and my spanish sucks also so i dont know what im going to do hahahaha.
Haha i about died crying when hannah wanted a castrator for christmas, sounds like life at home is going perfect, to start my list of things for my first package, i want to have ingredients to make homemade syrup so i can make more than you can send, if that make sense, and the rest nutter butters!! haha and those packs of 5 hot wheels cars, i want two of those so i can give cars to kids, because their toy cars here stink, all are plastic, and i want a book called missionary pal, you can buy it at deseret book i think, it has a bunch of refrences for different topics, perfect for missionaries! Well its march! time flew by hahah, im really starting to love it here and the days that are really hard im learing patience and im always feeling the love of the lord! Its hard to be here but im learning to love it, and starting to feel the time flying by! I love you all so much and i absolutley loved the email from lindsay! haha if everyone could send an email like that i would have a hayday!! i miss all of you so much! see you all next week!

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