This weeks letter might be short. I will try to make up for it with
pictures. We had interviews with President, he drop some hints that I
might be transferred. I’m sure enough I will leave tomorrow morning.
I’m sad to go to love this ward but I’m excited for something new.
This week the ward had an activity for the primary. We went to the
park and the kids played games and we ate hotdogs. It was a lot of fun
but I’m afraid the summer is going to come. I will add some pictures.
We had a couple service projects this week one of which was flame
throwing weeds. It is not as effective as it sounds. On workday Monday
we went to a members house and help them paint some of the chairs.
It’s always important to have service on workday Monday.
We went on exchanges with the district leader this week. His name is
Elder Towel, but for that day he wore his Elder Toalla name tag. He
came to me and I got to teach a couple lessons by myself in Spanish. I
believe the gift of tongues only works when you need it. I sure did
have it this week.
I’ll let you know where and with whom I’m transferred to next week, I
won’t find out until I show up tomorrow. Hope everybody has a great
week, I’ll talk to you on Monday.
Last transfer our zone had more than one baptism per companionship so
President treated us to a trip up to the temple. It is only 15 minutes
away so it wasn’t too big of a trip. It is actually in our area, but
there are no hispanics that live up there so I have been only twice in
6 months. It is always a blessing to be able to make it to the temple.
Plus President payed for McDonalds after and that was chill too.
There were two referrals from the English missionaries that we
followed up on this week. We not only found them and taught them but
also some of their friends and family. That added up to 5 new
investigators. Member referrals made up for 3 more, and we also found
2 street contacting. That adds up to 10, 6 of which were all on Easter
Sunday. That is more than we had from January to March. We are super
excited about that.
Next week P day will be on a Tuesday, due to transfers the day after.
I have every expectation of leaving Agua Fría. I have been here 6
months. I am hoping President drops some hints at interviews tomorrow.
Pray that I get a car over summer.
Hope everyone had a great Easter! Talk to you next week.
P.S. Mom sent color in socks so that what all the pictures are.
This week we decided to to go tract through the only hispanic complex
in our area. When we got to one of the doors there was a Jehovah’s
Witness pamphlet sticking out of the door. That wasn’t too rare so I
grabbed it and shoved it in my pocket. I looked around and mentioned
to my companion that we might have to go get the other three that were
on the neighbors doors. He says to me “you noticed that they are
staring at us right?” I turned around and saw a flock of JWs lurking
30 yards away. So like any good missionary we went up and contacted
one of them. As it turns out he was a much better missionary then we
were because he did most of the talking. After he rattled off 5
different scriptures for why Jesus died on a tree I struggled to find
a phrase in Spanish that conveyed the same amount of attitude as “I
couldn’t care less”. Anyway it was a fun experience.
We did some really good work with the ward this week. This Sunday for
third our the whole ward gathered and President Juchau from the
mission presidency spoke and we revealed the ward mission plan. Bishop
is pretty pumped about it. The ward mission leader decided to create a
calendar where members would come out with us every few days. The
first one was this Thursday. We went with Hermano Rossell and
contacted a referral that the English elders gave us. The man said
that he was a Jehovah’s Witness but he knew that that wasn’t right and
was still looking for the truth.
We also went back and delivered the bibles that these three 9 year-
olds asked us for at the Hispanic complex. We talked to one of their
moms and she almost died laughing when we told her the story.
For P Day today the district went to a park and cooked up a bunch of
steaks that some members had given to us. We had chips and ice cream
and soda and then went and played volleyball and soccer. It was fun. I
know that a bunch of people took pictures but I don’t have them.
I’ve really enjoyed studying some of the conference talks again. My
favorite that I read over was Elder S Mark Palmer who gave the talk
“Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him” One thing that I learned from
this conference was that we all need to work more on developing
Christ-like attributes, or at least I do.
We did some good work finding this week and I am hoping that I can
follow up with some results next Monday!
Friday we had a zone conference. It was really long. There were
discussions on ward leaders, companion inventory, and referring deaf
people. I really enjoyed President’s discussion on faith though. I
feel like a lot of the time faith is hard to talk about because we
think of it as something you just decide to have. He went through the
scriptures and talked about what scriptural evidence we have for faith
being the catalyst for change. Its so important to understand the
phrase “faith unto repentance” I feel like many christian churches
have lost this principle.
One day this week the member we live with came in and ended up
offering to fix these two broken guitars we had in our apartment.
Elder Towle and Elder Huaiquiñir were excited to get them fixed, but
when Brother Lemoine came back he said they weren’t worth repairing…
😦 … so he just bout them two new ones 🙂 The apartment has been
especially musical since then. Brother Lemoine is a homie.
Saturday and Sunday was General Conference. If you haven’t had a
chance to hear the prophet and his apostles speak lately take the time
and ponder their words. Before my mission General Conference was
boring and seemed like it took forever. Its amazing how as your
priorities change so do your interests. I think that is one of the
blessings of the mission.
Every friday our ward gets together and plays volleyball. For the past
couple of weeks one of the youth has been inviting a friend named
Ethan. This Friday Ethan asked us to stop by his house and he told us
he has been thinking about coming to church. We are going to start
teaching him hopefully this week. It is not that unusual to get new
investigators but a member referral who is this solid is 100 times
more likely to progress.
This morning we woke up early and drove a few miles west to the white
tank mountains as a district. It was really fun, mostly because it
wasn’t too hot and there weren’t too many people.
Thanks for all you love and support everyone!