Como les van? How’s everybody doing? Our week here was a very full and good week. We had a trip to the temple and also the chance to have interviews with president, we are going to be baptizing on Friday, and president told me what is going to happen in the changes that are coming up at the beginning of next week.
First off, the temple. This last Friday we had the opportunity to go to the temple as a zone. I really liked the changes that were made. Both just in the way that the video was but also there were some interesting changes to the words and other things also. While we were in the Celestial room I was reading in the Old Testament and found something really interesting in Leviticus chapter 1 verse 3 when I was reading about the burnt offerings that they use to do. It says, “If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before of the Lord.” The part of this that I really like is the part that says that the sacrifice that is given is one that is done voluntarily and not forced. This made me think about what more can I put on the table of sacrifice to be able to be a more refined machine. :) But really though.
On Monday we had interviews with president that went great. We talked about the changes that are coming up and he told me what he is going to do for the changes. I’m sure there is a chance that these could change, but he was talking like it was something already set in stone. That Elder Jones will be leaving to another area. That sisters would be coming to Oratorio 1, and I, with somebody else, would be going to Las Cabezas to open up Oratorio 2. I feel at peace with the changes that will probably happen. At first I was thinking that I wanted to leave this area, but after talking with president I am seeing that this next change in Las Cabezas could prove to be a very successful one.
This weekend we are going to be baptizing the kid named Maynor, who I think I told you guys about. I had never said too much about him because, although he has gone to church for a long time, he was not able to progress because his mom was inactive, but now she is active so we are able to move forward with the baptism this Friday. Ruben still is awesome but still does not have permission. There were a couple of investigators that went to church for the first time last week that have a lot of potential. The first one is Jose, he is the adopted brother of a member who is now living with the members, he is 25. The wife and granddaughter of a member also went to church for the first time last week, their names are Maria and Delmi. Those people also live in Las Cabezas so if I actually get changed to there I will already know people who we will be teaching.
That is sad about Buddy but I think it was a good decision to make. His life was a great one. I’m sure he had lots of really happy memories being with the family and going to the lake to swim and do the floppy dog thing. It would have been cool to be there to say goodbye but I think the best decision was made to let him go in the timing that it was. Thank you for filling me in on that big change, and also for the pictures, he truly was a great friend for everybody. Maybe before to long it will be the time to get an Irish Wolfhound and a Great Dane. :)
I hope that you all have an amazing week and that you feel the Spirit guiding your actions and your thoughts. Just a reminder for everybody also is that I will be home at the end of this year, which really is not that far away so if there are goals or other things now is the time to get crack-a-lackin. ;) Something as a family that I have always liked is that when we put our mind to something we do it. The motor that drives our actions are our thoughts! Now is the time to make the decision once and for all! I love you all so much and each and every one of you are constantly in my prayers.
With love, your brother and son,