This last week was a really great week. We were able to get some great things done and we had lots of fun while doing it. A couple of weeks ago we had a muli-zone conference and part of the conference was talking about the safeness of the house in which we were living and how private the houses were. It was clear that we had to move again. As luck would have it, there was a house that has had the same people living in it for quite some time that is super close to the church. They moved out and we moved in. We like this house a lot more, even though it does not look as nice and there are more bugs, it is much more enjoyable to live here.
We had interview’s this last week with President Shumway, as part of the interview we talked about Jose Gonzales and his family, and how we want to take them to the temple but the ward is not going until the next month because the ward does not have the money to go this month. He talked about how we cannot give money to people but that using money to take somebody to the temple is well worth it. So, this Friday we are going to be taking Jose and his "wife" Tere to the temple. We are hoping and praying that the spirit will touch her heart and that she will be willing to be married. Please keep them in your prayers specifically as well. Thanks! The power of prayer can work some great milagros.
Two weeks ago Elder Fogg, my companion, and I bought some machetes and then took them to a member who has a leather shop and he made some cases for them. We got the machetes back this week, let’s just say we had some fun.
Do you guys remember Rodolfo? A non-member whose "wife" is a member. Well we have not visited him for about three weeks because he had stopped progressing much. However, he has gone to church about three times in the last month and a half. So we visited him again this last week to see if his heart had changed. And sure enough, it did. He told us that in his time living with Leslie, his "wife", she has always been his right hand and he wanted to honor that help that she has been for him. He also told us that he has always tried to do the right thing and that now is not an exception, and that he wants to learn more about temple sealing. They are both going to be on break at the end of this year and the beginning of next year, so we are going to try to take them to the temple when we go as a ward next month. They now seem so much happier and I feel he and his two kids will be able to be baptized by the end of next month.
I got the package yesterday! Everything is great, the socks are exactly what I was imagining, the backpack is great, the umbrella is from the flippin’ future! But really, that umbrella will be super nice to have. More myoplex will help me get ripped out of my mind, and the candy will help me keep just enough fat on the bones to keep warm this time of year. But we will not open the Christmas package until Christmas. Although I was tempted. Thank you so much for the package, its perfect!
So, as a zone every month we do something called que and como, or what and how. This change our what is, "give all of ourselves to the Lord this Christmas by wanting it as bad as you want to breathe." (*Side nore, I told President about the motivation video about wanting it as bad as you want to breathe and he gave me permission to go on YouTube on P-day and send him the video). Our como, or how is, "1. align our will to the Lord’s, 2. Work with the members in order to have home evenings powerful and unforgettable, 3. Galatas 6: 6-9." I will leave you guys to read the scripture, but the gist of it is, you reap what you sow, if you sow by the spirit you will reap eternal life. This scripture applies to so many aspects of life, no matter what our goals are, whether it be spiritually speaking of physically speaking, we cannot do one thing and expect to get another thing. You cannot plant potatoes and expect to get pumpkins. I love you all so much and hope that you have a great week!
Love, your brother and son,