January 22, 2014
Well this week went really well, we received 30 new missionaries and sent 22 off. My companion, I and the APs have been left without any sleep at all and we are dead, but still chugging along somehow. The foot is doing okay, but I am just ready to have the cast off now. I want to be able to walk normally and get back to a normal life (everything is so much harder on crutches). Well last week was a great week, we worked really hard and ended up having two baptisms here and I also got the photos of the baptisms of the people I was teaching in my other area before I fractured my ankle. I heard about the Sea-hawks win and I’m pretty pumped about that. Hope they can go the distance again. This week seems to have flashed by so I am just going to attach the 4 pictures of the 4 baptismal photos and explain each investigator.
1. Antonio. Antonio is the one on the right next to my companion Elder Ortiz. Antonio was a reference from a member in the Puerta Grande ward where I was a zone leader. He has a few tattoos, gauges, and dresses a little gangster. At first sight you would probably pass a first judgment but he is awesome. He is reading the book of Mormon just about every day and is in Jacob. He loves the church and ever since the first lesson we had with him he has been a golden investigator. He had a few troubles giving up smoking but only smoked a few cigarette in the week and gave it up to get baptized.
2. Maria de Refujio (Cucita). This happened the Sunday after I officially got put again as financial secretary, so Elder Goodrich is there with my companion Elder Ortiz. Maria was another reference from a member. The member found her in a hair salon and just started talking to her and the topic changed to religion. Maria was raised catholic her whole life but loves reading the bible. After studying the bible a lot she came to the conclusion that the Catholic Church can’t be the right church because there were so many faults. Long story short the member sent us over to teach her and she is AMAZING. The first lesson that we taught she told us that she wanted to find the true church so that she could share it with everyone else. She has given us 5 references since we started teaching her and according to Elder Goodrich one of the references is a family that is AMAZING. The have a baptismal date for the Sunday that I should be getting back.
3. Daniel. Daniel is a young man who is 20 and the rest of his family are members. Longs story short his mom got divorced a while ago and got married to an ex missionary from Utah. After a while they got to know the missionaries and his mom and sister were baptized about one year ago, but he was a little rebellious and wanted nothing to do with the church. Recently he had gone through some rough times and had some bad experiences due to his rebelliousness. He saw how happy the church made his mom and sister and said he wanted to get baptized. He is such a cool fun guy and is so much fun to talk to. He is really loving and funny and we always joke around that he looks like Jacob from twilight (my best looking convert ;))
Well this was a great week over all, I love the mission and I love seeing these people that I love change their lives and decide to get baptized!!!