Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2/8/16 Baptisms!

Yes, J___ C_____ was baptized! He is really happy! He is a great guy!

We had some investigators in church yesterday but not as many as I'd like. One family we're teaching called us on Saturday and said, "Is there anything in the church tonight we can go to because we have to go to Barranca tomorrow and won't be able to come to church on Sunday." They clearly understood the commitment, so we had them go to the baptism. Obviously, it's not the same as church but at least they know what the church is like now and have seen a baptism. We went to visit H______ this week and found out that his address was just across the street and outside of our area, in another zone so we sent the referral to the elders in Prolima. That was a pretty nice present with 2 times attending church and a firm baptismal date. 

Yesterday we were way up in the hills of our area and there was a volleyball net set up in such a way that if the ball goes out on one side it goes down the street at a 45 degree angle. There was this guy standing next to it so I decided to talk to the him about it. When we introduced ourselves he said his name is J____ and then he said, "Yeah I already know the elders, come in to my house." He showed us he has The Book of Mormon, an LDS bible, all the pamphlets and a book of Teachings of the Presidents (I think it was Lorenzo Snow, but I didn't get a good look at it). He told us that the missionaries had worked with him in 2012 and that he never got baptized in spite of going to church several times, so we taught him lesson 1 and he has a baptismal date for the 20th!

That is awesome to hear that Kyle ran into someone with a Book of Mormon from Br Pexton, that must have made Br. Pexton happy to hear. 

Someone asked me this week if it's hot or cold this time of year there at home and I said well it's spring so it shouldn't be too hot. I didn't know it was 82 there, haha that's pretty much like here.

Oh here's a picture of our baptism this week, C_____ and his legal guardian who baptized him. 
In this picture we are standing right outside C_____ house in their front yard. 

And, here are the pancakes and scrambled eggs I made for my companion and me. 
(The things he takes pictures of!!  Silly boy!)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2/1/16 Two Baptisms Set!

I'm great!  We are having miracles every other day!  My companion was here one transfer before I got here. His name is Elder Fernancez, he's from Santa Cruz Bolivia. I've not gotten to speak in church yet, there's lots to choose from to speak. 

L____ had his baptism set for this Saturday, but they didn't come to church yesterday so we'll have to work with them to see when that can happen. It was pretty frustrating. No one came to church and we were just starting to get frustrated and didn't know what to do when suddenly just before church starts this guy H______ got to the church who had come to church the week before out of nowhere. We had planned to teach him this past week but he didn't have time to meet with us, so we were super excited he showed up at church. Then in the second hour our zone leader called us out into the hall and told us that this 16 year old kid, my companion had tried to work with him before I got here.  He has been attending church for about 2 years but he is not with living with his parents so we couldn't teach him. The zone leader informed us that the members he's living with just received a signed paper making them his legal guardians so he is going to be baptized this Saturday! 

Then we decided to teach H______ in the church during the third hour and he committed to be baptized the 20th! He also told us he's from the tribe of Benjamin when i was explaining about The Book of Mormon he asked if they're from the 12 tribes and I said "yes, Lehi is a descendant of Manasseh". That was the first investigator who has asked me that. 

The belt is great but it was a tad bit too big so I got it adjusted for like 30 cents. The socks are awesome, I gave a pair to my companion and he's pretty happy about that. Thank you very much. My companion asked if I like mint a lot or something, haha.

Thanks for everything. nos vemos. les amo.

So here's a picture of a perro peruano (peruvian dog) a breed of bald dogs that are pretty common around here and some pictures that my companion took. He took one to "prove I know how to clean a toilet" as he put it.

Some more random pictures my companion took...