Monday, December 9, 2013

Better week, Christmas devotional -

 THIS WEEK WAS MUCH BETTER THAN LAST WEEK, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!  There were many reasons for that, your prayers, my companion, thinking and praying for Jess knowing she would be starting varsity and Nate knowing he had transfers. I felt a little bit like you guys feel when we have transfers when I felt that way for Nate. I feel optimistic and positive now. I'm glad Nate is staying with Elder Gooch, it sounds like they're tearing it up! 

We found several new investigators this week, put several on baptismal dates and had a good time. My companion gave me some good advice, some of the which I am not sure is true, but we had a fun week overall. I exercised 5 days out of 6, the only day I didn't was because I had some dishes to wash and had to wash them. I did my pushups, but did less, and was ok with that. I did 432 today and less the other 2 days that I did them.

We visited a lot of people this week, few of  which came to church, but it was alright. A less active family came to church, the Santos Sojo family, and one investigator, Ruben.  His wife is a pretty much active member, she just makes sure to not come too much so they don´t give her a calling, but pretty much always comes. We were able to watch the Christmas devotional in one of the offices in the church with the branch president and his wife.   Agustin and Karla came to church as well, they are recent converts who hadn´t come for the last 2 weeks. Karla told me while they were passing the sacrament that Agustin didn´t come to church 2 weeks ago because he drank, and wasn't sure if he should partake of the sacrament or not, I didn't know what to do and because he hadn't talked to the branch president yet I told him to take it, maybe not the best decision but oh well. They are really awesome, I like them a lot. They are like many people here, who have hardly any food to eat and give us everything they have.

Thank you so much for the letters, I really needed them this past week. You just reminded me, I did separations, or like, little mini interviews with the elders in our district on Tuesday after District Class, and was able to talk with and mostly listen to, and to some point help a missionary who was struggling and thinking about going home.   He said many things to me that, like you and your clients, I can't tell you, but I can tell you that he doesn't have a dad and has had a really hard life. It felt good to listen to him and try to understand him. That was the second time in my mission that I have had the chance to do that, and I cherish every chance that I have to do it, just listen to the problems of others. Thanks for reading and studying and praying specifically for me, the time spent was not spent in vain. ……..

This week we had a funny lesson. We went to visit a less active member, and several of her daughters and daughters in law, and one of her friends were there, and after listening to them talk for a fairly long time about how good looking I was (no joke) we had a really good lesson with them. We started teaching them about the restoration and were able to answer a lot of their questions. The friend, the one that really liked me,(50 years old) had questions about Sin and Justice and Mercy, and I had just been reading about those things in Alma 42 and was able to really clearly answer her questions, with some of my best Spanish. It was one of those fun lessons when you don't have to think about what to say, but just speak, words just flow out of your mouth, and they are understanding and everyone feels the spirit, and it was just awesome!

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