Friday, November 27, 2015

November 24, 2015

Hey mom! Hey dad! I just want you to know I love you so very much.  I want to tell you about my awesome week.

It is getting very hot outside. Well, it's weird because the heat isn't around you rather it touches you and that heat is directly from the sun. I seriously believe I will get skin cancer later in my life if I'm not using sunscreen everyday. 

We have a baptism for this upcoming Sunday for an awesome girl named Isidora. Shes been investigating the church for 10 months now and I'm so proud of her for taking the next step of being baptized. I've taught her for so long and it's going to be awesome to see her finally enter the water of baptism. Keep her in you prayers!

We also had a special area conference with Elder Cook and that was super cool to hear a little English from someone that doesn't have as much Latino influence. Elder Cook and his wife talked to us about the Ward Council meetings and everyone learned some great stuff by the Holy Ghost. His wife Sister Cook actually told us a story that I love called, "The Star Thrower.": 

“Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. But every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore. "An old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. He called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?' " 'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy. " 'But your attempts are useless, child! Every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! You can't save them all, so why bother trying? Why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man. "The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, "Well, it matters to this one." And then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.” 

We can't save every single person or make all the less active members come back to church all at once. We can start by working on one individual at a time. The scripture that I love and best fits with this story is D&C 18:16 

16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many soulsunto me!

I love you guys so much and if there's anything that I can pray for that you need I am at your disposal. :) 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015

Man, I feel like you guys know everything before I even tell you now ha-ha. Yes, the baptism was fantastic and everything went smoothly. Dayana's a great girl and she is going to progress awesomely in the church.

We did a lot of service this week and to be honest my body is very tired right now, ha-ha. We were doing service for a guy in are ward named Cesar Salines. He's actually the same guy that let me Skype for Mother's Day. Super funny guy and I love his laugh. We mixed and poured concrete for him for a front and back patio. Wet cement is so freaking heavy. Especially when you only have a shovel to mix it all, but yeah. I love service. It means I can help the people and get a little ripper at the same time, win-win. ;) 
Yesterday we had lunch with new investigators and they are super cool. Their names are Angela and Marcelo with there two little kids. He has these tremendous speakers in the house that no joke move your rib cage. It literally vibrates your chest it's so powerful. We were listening to all of his favorite songs while we waited for lunch to be done. There's actually a song you should look up that I like whenever we hear it in the streets, it's called "Ginza" by J. Balvin. I really like Latina music now and want to listen to it after the mission, hymns of course also, ha-ha.  Oh, also my companion ate his first rooster testacle on Sunday. ha-ha 
Oh, I also got a package from Katie, so that was awesome. Thanks Katie. 
I love you guys so much and I know Heavenly Father is looking after every single one of us. Make sure you say you prayers! :) 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 10, 2015

It's been a great week full of sun. I'm pretty sure the sun is bleaching my eyebrows because I seriously have grandpa eyebrows now, ha-ha. It's getting pretty hot now. I need to wear some sunscreen but I'm so lazy.

This week we  had the baptism interview of Dayana and she will be baptized this Saturday at 8pm. I'm so happy for her and her decision to be a witness of Jesus Christ and taking on this first and beginning covenant with her Father in Heaven. We are so proud of her and love her so much. Hopefully, I´ll get to see her gain after I change out of this sector. 
We played soccer again today and I got a lot more sun. I don't know how Elder Reynolds does it but he just tans like a piece of toast. The gringos won today, so yeah! 

We attended Santiago's 3rd birthday and there were so many little kids.  It was great to share a special event with the Olave family. So that was super fun. :) 

I love you guys tons. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.