Ojala que todo esté yendo bien en Costa Rica!
Entonces voy a escribir todo esta carta en Español por que están
allí.....No....tendré misericordia con ustedes.
translation...Hopefully everything is going well in Costa Rica! I’ll
write this letter in Spanish since you all are there ..... No. ... I will
have mercy on you.)
haha! That bit of news really took me by
surprise. But it's all good, I bet you are in quite a similar area
like me! Spanish, indescribable heat, food that is similar, and lots
and lots of dirt and dust. But...I will guarantee that there is more
heat and more dust here...jaja
So, I made a decision, I am
really sorry for being so negative and sad in all of my emails. I loved
what Elder Uchtdorf said in Priesthood session “that a bad attitude can
be an addiction” (don't know if thats what he said, but thats what I
learned). So I am sorry for all of the bad news and bad things which I
have told you. So, from now on, I will be more positive. I wont keep
things from you, but I will be more positive.
So right now, I
actually am pretty good. We had a good week, had a good conference, and
a good Pday, just sooooo hot. This week went really slow, and I am
kinda glad its over, but there were a couple of great things which I
We have an investigator who is named Francisco
Aguilar. He is like 70 years old, and has super bad health. He has
lots of doubts and lots of problems, but we really are seeing the power
of the Atonement in his life. We have had two lessons with him, the
first he was so discouraged, and we just talked about the atonement and
how Christ knows him. After that, he prayed and our next visit, he was
so happy and content. He still has doubts and problems, but the Savior
is really helping him to pull his load (like Elder Bednar explained,
loved that talk). Francisco now has a baptismal date for the 17 de May!
other good experience that we had, was that there is a couple here that
has been listening to the missionaries for so long! They are so
wonderful, but the Husband (Miguel) doesn’t want to baptize or get
married. His wife (Mirium) wants to be baptized, but cant because she
isn’t married. This week, we saw a huge improvement in both of them.
Miguel began to read, and Mirium was all good. And they accepted a
Marriage date! May 10. So happy for them.
Plus, I loved this
conference! We got to watch it live (in Spanish). I learned so much
and the Spirit that it brought into my life is just incredible. The
only bad part is sitting in a burning hot chapel in a suit, super
focusing to listen in Spanish, for ten hours, but its all good and worth
it. I loved Elder Bednar’s talk and basically all of them....But there
is one I want to talk about more....The one from M Russell Ballard....I
testify that there is power in studying Preach My Gospel. I know that
you will feel closer to Taylor and I if you study it, and that you will
have a greater appreciation for the mission work. I invite you to start
when you are home, with Chapter 3, Lesson 1. To study it, study the
scriptures, invitations, and commitments. You will learn so much and
you will love it! And next week, you have to tell me how it’s going!
And I will “follow up.” Girls, Lexi and Elli are included in this.
Dad, I am so happy for your time that you have spent sharing the
gospel. (Mike had a 20 min. discussion with the lady that was helping
him on the Microsoft tech support line the other day about our church
and missionary work) That really makes me happy!
Mas o menos. I am cooking lots of pancakes....
Are you doing some fun things?
tomorrow we have a service project in the banana fields with some of
the other missionaries, and a Multi zone conference in Talara on
Did you have a fun Pday?
Today, we all ate together, play futbol, and prepared a skit for the conference
Did you say that you are having a multi-zone conference soon? What is that?
three months, the mission gets together in Zones. Like three or four
zones get together and president comes and we have a conference all day
long. But the one this week, I get to go to Talara (I was there for 6
months) and I will get to see Elder Rodriguez and some other friends.
Did you get to listen to conference? I hope so.
There was a 8.2 earthquake off the northern coast of Chili last Tuesday. Did you feel that?
I didn't feel it, but lots of people were talking about it.
Do you ever go out to eat?
we are so far away from the Stake Center, this week we did with our
district on Saturday. I was so fun. We are planning a day to eat here
in Querecotillo with our Ward Mission Leader (who is my best friend
Well Family, I am good and I am happy. During conference,
I learned something else. Whenever I am sad or discouraged, I am going
to think of three small things that I am grateful for in that
moment...whatever they may be! It has helped me lots and I am excited
to see how much it helps me in the future.
Also, I received letters
from the CBs (thanks by the way)...and also from a guy named Adam
( I don't know him) but he served here in Piura like 15 years ago. He
found my blog and sent me a real kind letter. He lives in Cedar city.
If you could contact him, I would love to talk with him a little more.
His letter really helped me. That. Was a cool experience!
Well family, I love you lots and hope that everything goes well, even if you are in Costa Rica!