I really enjoyed reading your letter this week. Sounds like mom has kept nice and busy trying to get everything ready for Christmas. It´s definitely good to be busy though, life is more fulfilling that way. But, it´s nice to be lazy every once in a while too!
That´s awesome to hear that there was a convert baptism last week, was it in our ward? About how many convert baptisms are there in our ward in a year? That´s funny that you still remember what I said after I was baptized. I can still remember that pretty vividly as well. I remember Dad also mentioned it like the next day in church and I was super embarassed haha.
That´s awesome that you went to the temple with the Mejias. I do remember you writing me earlier about their sealing and how it was a very spiritual experience. There was a family that was baptized about a year and a half ago that was sealed last week. They all bore their testimonies on fast Sunday and it was very powerful. It was so apparent how much they had felt the Spirit and the gratitude they had for the opportunity to be an eternal family. They are really awesome. I didn´t realize that the Mejias were from El Salvador. You´ll have to ask them if they know Mauricio Bonilla or Mario Moreno. They´re from El Salvador also. They probs don´t know them, the church is really strong in El Salvador and while it´s a small county, there are tons of people.
So how is the work going?
The work is going well. We have been struggling a little bit lately to find new people. We haven´t had a baptism since Eduardo was baptized a little over a month ago, but we are talking with some really awesome people and we are really hoping to have a couple of baptisms on Christmas.
We had been talking to a 7 year old named Marcos who will turn 8 on Christmas. His sisters are members and are really awesome. His mom wanted to be baptized also, but can´t because she can´t get a divorce from her husband and is living with someone else right now. Divorces are really hard to get here, especially for the ppl who don´t have a lot of money. But Marcos is awesome and we were hopeful for him to get baptized, but now his dad is saying he wants to wait until Marcos is older so it won´t be for a while.
We have one investigator named Julio that has already come to church 3 times and has a baptismal date for the 25th. He is a great guy. We met him just doing contacts one day. He was sitting down outside and we started talking to him. He had recently been in a motorcycle accident and so he had to get a cast on his leg and his arm is kind of messed up. We talked to him about trials and how God gives us trials to help us progress. He was interested so we went back and things have been going really great since. He always reads what we leave him and understands it really well. The one catch is that he is living with his mom right now while he recuperates and his girlfriend lives in another city. Julio wants to get baptized, but they´re not married and they can´t get married if she is in another city. He wants to get married, but we don´t know how it will work out. I don´t know how he would be able to get baptized in this ward because when he gets better it seems like he will move back. But there´s a chance he´ll move here with his fam. I hope it all works out and I have the faith he will progress to baptism either way.
We are also talking to a women named Ángela. She is really awesome. 6 of her 9 kids are already members. The older 3 are realllly inactive but the younger 3 are recent converts who were baptized with Elder Bonilla. They are kind of the example for her. She is looking for more peace and love at home, and she knows baptism is a step that can help her. She didn´t want to get baptized on Christmas, so we said how about the 22 (kind of random, middle of the week) but she said yes so it all works. She is really awesome and I have faith that she will progress as well.
We have met a couple of really great people lately that are looking to make changes in their lives and so we will work hard with them.
I know that there are people out there who are prepared to receive the gospel.
Are you teaching a lot of discussions?
Yeah we have a goal to teach 40 lessons a week. We are pretty good at getting up to 40 or very close every week. It´s something that President Callan has really stressed lately. There is a big group of new missionaries coming in February (like 25 or something) and we want to set good examples for them so that when they come they also develop good habits and have good goals.
By the way, how are the members at giving referrals?
They´re alright. Some areas are better than others. There are some really great families that will always have referrals but we always have to ask. And then they don´t really want to go talk with us, they just kind of send us over. But there are some great members here.
Well, I´m about out of time. But I love you all lots and I´m doing great here!
ps. I got the Christmas package already this friday! Super fast, I got lucky. Thanks for everything. I already opened the presents haha. I´ve been showing all the investigators the pictures of the family.
pps To answer mom´s question, I write in a place they call cybers. They have them all over the place, it´s basically just a little internet cabin where you can go and pay like 3 mil (about 60 cents) and use the internet for an hour. So it works out super well.