Hello my dear family!
How are you guys? HAPPY EASTER! Have you seen the video that the church made for this Easter? It is really cool. And also how much fun is it that we have a real bunny for Easter. Anywho, Happy Birthday Garrett. You are entering your 30s? And me, my 20s. SO Sad
So anyways this week we had A MIRACLE. Seriously. On Friday we were in a lesson with a member and after the lesson was me and my companion were like “We should go visit this one investigator that the Elders had” (the Elders were teaching this one girl but then she moved to Santa Rosa (like an hour away) but she had all of her lessons and her asistencias and todo. But anyways we decided to verify and we went to her house and by some miracle she was there. And we invited her to be baptized for that same day, because she was leaving again to Santa Rosa on Saturday in the morning. ANYWAYS after a few crazy dramatics she ended up being baptized on Saturday in the morning and confirmed that same day, because she got a call that she needed to be in Peru the next day and wouldn’t be able to attend church. Anyways our President of the rama was like “Well, I never let people do this, but because I really like you guys we can confirm her now.” WHOOO. I hope this story makes sense because it seriously was miraculous. The Elders were working with her for MONTHS and she wouldn’t be baptized. It really was a testimony builder as to the Lord has his time for everything.
Other things. We have a new fecha…Alex. I don’t know if you remember him but he couldn’t be baptized a while ago because his crazy girlfriend wouldn’t leave his house. But anyways we went to his house and his girlfriend LEFT WHOOO! So he is going to be baptized on Saturday. We went to his house last night to talk and we were like “how did you like the church…etc.” and his was like “Oh no…I have to talk to you about that…I have something to tell you guys….the church…well…it was incredible. I have felt such a void not taking the Sacrament these weeks.” Phew. But so cool. He gives me lots of fruit and chocolate and he is a good guy. Pray for Alex.
Anyways we worked our booties off this week and on Sunday man I wanted to cry because it was like such a good day. We finally saw like the…fruits of our labors and that is always such a good feeling. OH BUT SUCH A DUMB THING. So you know the rule we have that we can’t go to zone conference if we don’t have fechas? (people who have accepted to be baptized) Well on Friday we had two fechas and they called us at 10:20 at night and were like “oh sorry the new rule is that if you don’t have more than 2 fechas you can’t go to zone conference.” DARN IT. But there you go.
As for other things. I was pretty sick this week. whoooo.I think it was food poisoning. It wasn’t pleasant and I am still recovering but phewwwww. One day I was laying on my bed (dying) and the new Hermana that is in our house came and sat by me and was like “do you feel bad?” I was like “a little…(dying)” and she started crying and showed me a mosquito bite that she had that hurt. (Are you kidding me?)
But anyways this week was so much better. I am in love with Pasaje guys. Pray that I don’t leave, that will be heart breaking. But I just love the people here. Let’s move to Ecuador, guys. Just kidding lol. But yeah I love the church and I love missionary work! I love you guys so much!!!
How are you guys? Sounds like you had a busy week. SCOTT AND ALI HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I remember when you guys were just tiny babies. And now look at you. Anyways, we are all very proud of your accomplishments and siga adelante. I hope you had a great day and have a great year now.
SO as for my week. Another dull one, to be honest. We are just doing A LOT of contacting which is cool because we get to meet lots of new people and go to lots of new places, but also sad because we have a new rule in the mission that if you don’t have fechas (lessons) you aren’t allowed to go to the Zone Meeting (we have zone meetings every Saturday) Que vergüenza… So anyways I am super super super resolved to just work my booty off this week and find new people. Still a little bit hard with my comp…but that is okay. I am learning patience and personal diligencia.
Other things…someone told me they thought I was a prophet this week. NICE. Also someone in my rama (ward) told me that they haven’t fasted in 10 years, but last week they fasted that I wouldn’t be transferred. awww. I do not want to leave Pasaje.
So since this is a pretty dull letter, I think I will tell you a funny story. So the other day at like 10:00 at night my companion wanted calzones (like the pizza things) and there is a place here that sells them. Anyways, since we can’t leave the house at that time, my companion called a member and asked if he would buy her a calzone and bring it to the apartment. Anyways he was like “You need a calzone right now? Like you can’t wait until tomorrow? And also, don’t you wear garments?” Anyways, long story short, the word calzone here in Ecuador means “thong”. Lol.
As for the spiritual side of things, I am really working on my humility. And I am realizing that all of the Christ like attributes goes hand in hand. I don’t know why that hit me so hard this week but as I was really trying and praying to be more humble, I realized how much my obedience increased which then in turn helped my diligence and with that my love for the people. So that is really what I have been focusing on this week. It has been cool.
Okay well I love you! The church is true. Seriously guys, we are so lucky to have the gospel in our lives. We should never forget that we are so blessed to have all that we do.
I love you!
HELLO FAMILY HOW YOU ARE?
Derek: HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK! Hope you have a lovely day and a lovely year and be very good to your wife and study and work hard and have a happy birthday. You are a great brother, even if you forget to write me (for 5 months).
So…this week I think I saw the craziest miracle of all time. Ah man it was so awesome. Do you remember Carmen? Our investigator that was looking for a house? Well, on Wednesday I went on a Intercambio with another Hermana and when I got back on Thursday my companion told me that she had found a house and moved out. We were so so excited (aka on the bus ride home I was crying).
We called our district leader and that excitement came quickly down, because he told us that it is a mission rule that you have to be living the law of chastity for 15 days before your baptism. I was so mad because I KNEW Carmen was a special case.(she was living with her ex husband because she couldn’t find another home)
Anyways, the other problem was that Carmen didn’t want to be baptized without her boyfriend, Carlos, and he was working in the Mines for another 15 days. But anyways I knew that Carmen was special and needed to be baptized,
So on Friday morning, we went to try and convince her to be baptized the next day (a long shot) or the next Saturday. And while we were in the appointment, the ZL´s showed up and started talking to her and then, wouldn´t you know it, the Assistants showed up. That was so stressful. But anywho, they started talking to her and talking to her and she was like “no no no. Carlos needs to be here before I get baptized, and furthermore, I am going to be in Cuenca (another city) on Saturday, so it is impossible.” But then one of the assistants looked at her and was like “Hermana, the scriptures say that we should not wait to repent, we should repent today. Hermana you can be baptized today mismo. You can be clean of all your sins and you can start your life over again. I promise you, in the name of Jesus Christ that your boyfriend will be there”
WHOOOOO — SHE WAS BAPTIZED THAT NIGHT. Seriously the best day of all time and the best baptism ever. I will never forget that experience. So happy for her. At 6 o’clock that night we went over to the river and she was baptized. (like Jesus). I will send pictures of it.
Other things…things are the same with my companion. When we went on the intercambio the companion I was with told me lots of comforting things like, I am not with her to be helped, but more to help her and serve her. It was helpful to talk to someone and get advice. Needless to say, I am still learning patience. And ugh, when I got back to my area, the mission nurse called me and told me to be careful and eat enough because my companion called and told her I was anorexic.
The nurse made me take a stress test. Ugh. I am learning patience. (I promise I am eating enough…I will send pictures)
I got the Valentine package! Thank you so much. I passed the CTR rings to my cambios. And they loved them. And I loved my new ring! Thanks for all the cards and the code word” hoverboard.” You guys are great.
Alrighty. The church is true and the Book of Mormon rocks. So does Ecuador, lets be honest I am in the best mission in the world.
Love you guys