Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Things are going good

Hey things are going good here. We had a really good week with lessons with a member present so that was awesome. We had a lady that was scheduled to be baptized this Saturday but she didn't attend church this week because there was a problem with her daughter's papers for the school because she's from another country so we have to push it back a week. We're really disappointed but that's the way it is. 

We're assigned to a ward and the other two elders in our district and in the same ward as us. Our area is a stake (Esperanza) but it's a really big area. There's 16 missionaries in the stake I think. We don't help out on Sunday. We just attend the classes and stuff with the investigators and even then we try to have the members take care of the investigators to befriend them more. I'm not sure how big the ward is but there's a lot of inactive people in the ward. In a normal chapel in Utah there're three rows of benches. The middles is big and then two outer rows that are shorter benches. Our chapel here only has those two outer rows with the short benches and they're all usually full on a normal Sunday. I do help out and play the piano most Sunday's during sacrament meeting. The church is decent sized. There're two levels. The top level is the chapel and a little stage thing like in the gyms and the bottom level has all the classrooms and the kitchen, etc. We usually have doctrine class outside because there're lots of people. But when it rains or is cold we squish inside. We haven't really had any rain and the weather's been fairly calm except yesterday we had a lot of wind.

The pioneer activity went really well. Well we had about 40 people so that was good but there weren't any new investigators or potential investigators. We had a lot of fun with one game especially. The apples in the water and you have to grab it with your mouth. The food turned out to be really good. We ate potatoes cut up and then a cream made up of sour cream, ham, milk, etc. It was really good. We had a small problem in the transportation though and Hermana Ramos and I had some spilled on us, me on my skirt and all over Hermana Ramos. It was because there are buses in Los Olivos and they drive kind of crazy but they're really reliable but there are also lots of speed bumps and when we hit one, well you can imagine what happened. It was kind of like a baby had thrown up on us haha!

Mariela is our baptism date right now. She has a friend and a daughter that attend church right now and her date is set for 17 of March because she's didn't attend this last week. Her friend is a miracle. Our first few encounters with her were bad because her, Hortencia, and the daughter, Jaime, are Evangelists. Hortencia said that she wouldn't pray to ask if she should be baptized and if she received an answer she wouldn't change. Well at some point her heart has been touched because she's completely turned around and she wants to learn more. She didn't reject the invitation to pray and ask and it's just a miracle. Jaime is still a little hard but she's slowly coming around. It's because she's been taught other things about the church so it's hard for her to understand.

Hope everything is good for this week. Love you lots!!!

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