Friday, February 11, 2011

February 7,2011

Hey family,
Well, this week was pretty slow. We didn`t find any of our
investigators at home. We had some lessons with a few inactive
families and a few ouf our converts here, but other than that not much
happened. Betty`s husband continues to drink more and more which is
making it a little hard to find time to teach her, and Kevin and
Miguel are moving so we won`t be able to teach them anymore. We also
have lost a lot of contact with Lourdes. She is never home and when
we called her and set up another appointment, she wasn`t there for
that appointment either. We also are having a hard time with the
three women who need to get married before they can be baptized.
We did have a few highlights this week. Laura came to church. She is
a new investigator for us who has a son who is a member in our ward.
We are going to start teaching her this week, and I hope she will be
able to progress pretty rapidly. We also found Silvana again which is
great, and hopefully when we have a lesson with her this week, she
will decide that she wants to go to church again and wants to be
involved. As of right now, I think she had a disagreement or
something with her friend thats a member. I hope it doesn`t change
the way she looks at the church, although I am not terribly worried
because she was friendly with us and she told us that we could come
back and talk to her.
This week is going to be a tough week for us. We have to work really
hard so that we can have some baptisms this month. We have lots of
people who are close. They are just missing one little thing. We
hope to have 4 or 5 or 6 baptismal dates set by the end of this week.
The hardest thing right now is getting people to come to church. But
Julia and her son Enrique are close, they just need a little bit more
desire. Betty as well is a ray of hope. She wants to learn more, she
wants to progress, but right now, her husband is holding her back.
The last time we talked to him, he was really, really, really drunk...
I hope that the Spirit can touch his heart so that he will find the
need to stop drinking and change his life.

Im glad to hear that everything is going well at home. Glad to hear
that the Aggies keep winning. I really hope that they will be able to
push forward and win a few games. Sounds like the winter is hitting
pretty hard there. We had a family with a son in Utah tell us that
the winter in Utah is a lot bigger than it has been in the past.
Which is sad. Because I want a really big winter. :)

Congrats to Megan for deciding to go to Bridgerland for school this
next year. In the small amount of time I have spent in Bridgerland
with friends and in Jared`s apartment, from what Ive seen, Bridgerland
is awesome! And since thats where Im going to live when I get back, we
might wind up being in the same ward!!! And I can spend all the time
in the world doing the dorky things I do to embarass my younger
sister! :)

Glad to hear that Dad and Mom actually had the opportunity to go on a
date. :) That´s pretty cool. I bet its been a really long time since
that has happened. And the temple is always a good idea. I love
going to the temple in every opportunity that I have. And I am
definately going to take advantage of the opportunity when I get back
to Logan and live really close to the temple.

This week started what are called Carnavales in PerĂ¹. In Lima this
means that every Sunday, everyone gets wet and gets every random
person in the street wet as well, which means that the work slows down
on Sunday. Yesterday we tried to find our investigators, but this is
hard when we are avoiding certain areas to avoid getting drenched, but
we did find a few people. We also had two water balloons thrown at
us in the street. They weren`t very good aims and they missed. Im
not sure if thats good or bad. As a missionary its probably best if I
am not really wet, but at the same time... It was really hot...
Needless to say, I am not too excited for February 27th. On this day
they bring out paint and shoe polish and dirty water and dirt, and
needless to say, I may have an interesting picture to send.

I hope everything continues to go well at home, and that you can all
have a good week, and hopefully you can find someone new to talk about
the gospel to this week. I love you all, and hope you can always
remember that the Church is true, Jesus Christ is our Savior and our
Redeemer and he loves each and every one of us individually.


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