Hey! It was so great to hear from you all. I was excited to get letters from Kim and Melanie also. I love it. You all crack me up, also. It`s kind of awkward, I`m sitting here in an internet place and I keep laughing out loud. Everyone looks at me kind of funny, including Elder Love, jajaja. But that doesn`t stop me.
Anyway, it`s been a really great week. We are especially excited because we have seen more progress this week! We had been struggling for a while in getting people to church, but this week we finally broke through a little bit and got more people to attend.
This week we had interviews with President Callan on Tuesday. After the zone had all been interviewed, Elder Love and I had the opportunity to teach a couple of lessons with President Callan. After the interview, he drove us back to our area and we made a couple of visits. We did one visit to a recent convert family and did a referral activity with them. Their names are Dario and Leticia. Leticia has been a member for a really long time, but was inactive for a while. Several months ago the missionaries visited them and Dario was baptized.
The referral activity turned out really well and we set up an appointment with Dario and Leticia to teach Leticia´s sister, Victoria, and her boyfriend, Juan. They had received the missionary discussions a while back and were going to get baptized, but in the end weren`t able to because Victoria is underage and they can`t get married without her parent`s permission. The problem is that her dad lives in Argentina, so the missionaries weren`t able to get permission for them to get married and later baptized. So on Saturday we had a family home evening with Dario and Leticia and they invited Juan and Victoria. It turned out really well, we talked about how the Gospel blesses families. Then the next day Dario and Leticia took them to church. It was really great.
The other visit we did with President Callan was to an investigator that we have taught only a few times. She is a single mother named Sister Alfonzo. She has three kids and her youngest son is kind of rebellious. Her husband passed away several years ago. We only had a little bit of time, but we went there and President Callan was teaching some about the Plan of Salvation. The Spirit was incredible, President is a spiritual giant. The next time we visited her she kept talking about how much she enjoyed the visit with President. Sister Alfonzo always feels the Spirit when we visit her but she still doesn`t want to attend church. She is pretty Catholic and says she doesn`t feel the need to change churches.
We are also pretty excited for this week. If everything goes well, we could have a baptism this week for Alonso. The divorce papers for Daisy are really close to being final so that they can get married and Alonso can get baptized. The other thing that might keep it from happening is that Daisy is like more than 9 months pregnant and the baby still hasn`t been born! So we will see what happens, we will keep praying a lot for them!
Anyway, that is what is going on here. We are working hard and keeping our heads up. I know that the Lord will bless us. In my interview with President Callan I asked him how we could have more success. He talked about really loving the people and being willing to go the second mile. So that`s what I am trying to do. I know that I am working hard and that we have the Spirit with us, but I am determined to work harder to achieve more success.
I`m grateful for all of you. Thanks for being such a positive influence!