This week went really great. We had our baptism on Saturday for our convert named Jimena. She was really happy to be baptized and we hope that now her mother, after seeing her baptism has the desire to follow her good example. The family is a really active family in the church and the only person now that isn't a member is her mother Karina. However, we will need to also marry her parents because they are in sin and not married legally.
Well crazy news. My companion got an emergency change last night so he will be leaving to go to Trujillo tomorrow night and I will be getting a new companion. Elder Marquez is going to be companions with my old zone leader companion Elder Uribe. They are from the same stake in Chile!!!! I will be training a new zone leader again for my last change in the mission. His name is Elder Olivares. He is also from Chile. That's my 4th comp from Chile. He has been companions with Elder Cook.
Well I'm glad everything is going good at home. Thanks for telling me all the cool experiences from last week. I'm short on time but I love you all and I'll let you know more next week.
Hey everyone, all is well this week. I love this time of the year as a missionary because the weather is starting to cool down and not destroy us every day, and also all of your lives get more exciting and you tell me a lot more of things that are happening back there at home. I heard that you had a large Regional Conference there in Davis County. Wow I can't believe how many missionaries there are in Davis County and how many members there are either. The Area Seventy in our mission. or in other words South America Northwest Missions has asked us to accomplish that same number. 1 percent of all members of the church here should be serving missions. That makes me happy to know that we are doing that.
Well I'm glad everything went well with Amber's bridal shower and that Uncle Daren got back from South America alright. haha Sometimes you wonder if you'll make it back in one piece because of all the weird things they do here!!!!! haha Well I'm also really happy that Dad is gettting to go bear hunting I hope he gets one!! Well I have really good news.
We had a baptism this week!!!!!! Her name is Jimena. She is the granddaughter of one of the members here in the ward and her parents don't attend church. Her father is an inactive member and her mother isn't a member but is really supportive of her decision to be baptized. These last few weeks have been a little hard for me because it's probably been the most time I've had without a baptism my whole mission. We've been working hard but also have been busy with a lot of meetings and traveling and zone leader responsibilities. I'm really, really glad that we'll have this baptism because I know the ward will be really excited and it will motivate them a lot more to help us.
Well to answer your questions from last week, yes grandma my companion knows about that Island Juan Fernando or Juan Fernandez I don't remember what it's called. Also I talked to the missionary from Franklin, Idaho and he said his dad served in South America and doesn't know where his relatives served but he seems pretty sure that it is one of his relatives.
Well I'm not going to the Multi-Zone Conference this week. I only have 2 more large meetings until I end the mission. They are the 2 Zone Leader Councils, 1 in June and the other in July. I'm glad because that means I can concentrate on the work in my last few months and just stay in my area and that's the best thing ever!!!!! Anyways, I don't have more time but I love you all. I know this church is true. I know that all the counsel we receive from our leaders is inspired by God and that they usually know what's best for us. I know that obedience is one of the hardest things to learn in this life but it's why we were sent here to the Earth. So please JUST OBEY!!!!!!!! I read a scripture in Alma 61 or 62 I think the other day that says we have to fight against the bad, with words and if that's not enough, with action and the sword!!! If we always reject the bad then we'll always be happy, even if at first it doesn't seem that way.
I share these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Hey everyone, sorry I couldn't write yesterday but it was a very busy day for us here in our zone. We went to a place called Cerro de Paz in the morning. It was awesome!!!! It is a huge hill/mountain, and on this hill there is an old catholic church that is now like a tourist attraction. We went there and below the church there is a little cave that you can walk through to go into the back entrance of the church. There are statues there and pictures and old alters they used in the church. Also, on the top of the hill there is a huge cross so we hiked all the way up to the top and took a lot of cool pictures. I'll make sure to send you pictures when I can. Well after going there on the way back down, the little bus we rented out got a flat tire so we had to walk like 1 mile and a half back to the main road and take another one. It took a little while.
After that we ate lunch and then we had to go to the doctor for two missionaries with feet problems. One had an ingrown toe nail and the other had foot fungus!!! How great is that? We were there for a couple hours and then they decided to operate on the missionary to take off his toenail. It was bad so they had to take the entire nail off. We waited forever. During the wait I left and had to go buy sandals for him so he could walk around these next few days, even though he can't walk at all, on doctors orders, for the next 2 days. Other than that these last few days have been very normal.
There are quite a few people in my area that are progressing and only have a few obstacles to overcome. Please pray for Jared, Gimena, Joshua, and Lesly. They are all very young people and need permission from their parents so they can be baptized. I know the Lord will help them if they have faith and just do their part.
I want to say Happy Mother's Day to my mom, grandmas, aunts and all the other mothers I know.
Hey everyone. All is well. I'm just glad to got everything over with from last week. These last two weeks have been the busiest two weeks of my life, and that's why I got sick!!!! ha I'm just getting over a head cold that I've had for a few days because I have had a lot of stress and little sleep a lot of days these last few weeks. They sent me to the new zone and we had to prepare everything for the meetings and all the trainings and food and arrangements. It was nuts. My new companion is cool. He has 18 months in the mission so he knows his role and what to do. Well I like my area. It's really small. I hope that in a few weeks we will have success. It was a little difficult for them last change and they didn't baptize but I know there are a few possibilities so we're going to get to work. Our ward is small, about 100 to 120 attend church every week. Last week was Stake Conference. Well the missionaries in my zone are good, but I don't know anyone. All my friends and companions have left so now I'm just the old friendless guy waiting to die in the mission. haha kinda like it is in real life when you get old haha.
I know this work is important and that when we share the gospel we are doing exactly what Christ commands us to do. I hope all is well and I'll talk to you guys this Sunday! chao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!