Monday, March 9, 2015
Love the Wonderful People here...
(Some Peruvian Culture by one of Zack's friends)
Hey hey hey It's Faaaaaaat Albert.
jaja! No se...(I don't know)... that just came into my head.
Well, it was a fine week, there weren't that many improvements in the area, or that many bad things...we'll just call this week kinda regular. We had so many people with baptismal dates and now we are kinda narrowing them down. This week we saw that a couple really didn't have real desires, so we are in the process of finding who really has true desires to be baptized, and who just likes to chat. Its always sad to see someone without real desires. Out of our eight, we have a few that are WONDERFUL people that I am sure will get baptized. I don't know if it will be my during time or some other missionary's time, but it will happen.
The first is Jorge Mio...He came to church by himself this week and is starting to see blessings from living the gospel and to starting to have spiritual experiences. Its incredible to see the gospel take hold in peoples lives like it has in his. He lives a hard life, but its incredible to see the blessings of the Atonement slowly take hold in his drifty life.
Edson has 17 years and we contacted him through his Girlfriend (member). At first, I think he only listened and attended to be with his girlfriend...but now he has come many times to church by himself and comes to the lessons alone too. We have seen a great change with him and it's been real fun. The people who actually make efforts to live the gospel really do make progress, and those who don't...don't.
I love having spiritual experiences with them. Its incredible to see the difference of an open and sincere heart, and true intent, against someone who just wants to listen. It really is an eye opener.
With Jorge and Yessenia, we are a little bit lost. They are wonderful people, but we are trying to do all we can to help them, but we don't know where their hearts are. This week we have two FHEs planned with them with different families, so we hope that we can help them. If you could keep them in your prayers, that would help. Thanks!
They filled in the holes in front of our house this week! ...and then they dug them back up. And then they filled them back up....don't worry UTAH CONSTRUCTION WORKERS....there are people who are less effective than you in this world!
That's super awesome that you got to go see Elder Mulford. I just really liked him as my companion so much! Did you get the package I sent home with him? That is so awesome that you got to see his homecoming. I hope you said 'hi' for me.
And it sounds like you have a lot of fun things going on...good for you guys!
I think you had Zone Training and Zone Conference this week… how did that go?
They went really well. I learned a lot. We are trying to work a lot with the members, and have a new program to help us with it...so we talked a lot about that. What they teach us, we then teach to our whole zone.
What was your favorite part of Zone Conference?
President came to our zone meeting, so that was cool. I just love being with the zone (and President) and getting to know them. They are all great missionaries. We have a goal to do 1000 contacts this week! Pretty fun.
What did you learn from the Zone Leader Training?
Members members members....there is no other way to work that is more effective than that...
Did you have an awesome P-day?
We went to Catacaos, and I bought some sick leather cases for my scriptures....I sent them to be made, and the next week I will have them!
How did investigators do with coming to church Sunday?
Edson, and Jorge Mio, and another guy came!
Did you get that package. I'm sending another one today…any requests???
Candy, photos, and letters....good candy! like Skittles, and Reeses, and bit-o-honey, and good stuff like that. Thanks for the vitamins, and the candy....I loooooooved that letter! Made me laugh out load! I was 'LOL'eando all day long. (We sent Zack a Valentine that was on a sheet of paper that read at the top..."I love Zack more than..." and then our family took turns writing things that we loved less than Zack...it got a little crazy and a little funny...happy to hear that he liked it!)
Noticed on my iphone weather app...that it said rain all week in Piura…was that true or not? We were hoping it would cool down and wouldn't be so hot for you.
LIES LIES LIES.
Best part of your week…
We had an awesome lesson with Jorge Mio yesterday...The spirit was strong and we really were guided and he understood. Super cool.
Blue and Yellow.
Another cool experience....
we contacted a family that was sitting on the corner in front of their house. During the contact, we talked a ton about everything from Jose Smith---to BOM---to temples and everything, and we took out an appointment. They were Evangelicos (don't know the translation) but we ended up going again! We entered their house and the first question they asked us was "show us in the Bible, where it says that Joseph Smith is possible."
"Ok!" So we jumped onto it and answered all of their questions with so much power....The spirit guided us both soooooo strongly. We answered all their questions and doubts with lots of love under the direction of the Spirit. We testified with lots of strength, and in the end, they accepted a Book of Mormon...and another appointment for this next Saturday. They were great people and I hope that the BoM opens their eyes to even more questions!
I am happy. And doing good. Love you all sooooo much and hope that all goes well for each of you! Love you all!