I have good news! Mariela’s boyfriend is now out of the picture! She will be baptized the 14th of this month. The first time that she went to church was 10 years ago. I feel super happy for her and we hope that everything continues to go well these next couple of weeks. We were trying to get her to be baptized the 7th but for some reason she really wants to wait until the 14th. Since we started visiting her five months ago she has stopped drinking, smoking, and now she is obeying the law of chastity.
This last week we were in a Internet cafe getting a couple of pictures printed and the guy who owns the area said, “tell me about you religion". And so I began, one night sitting around the camp fire one of my friends said, “Hey Jack, tell us a story”, and so I began. Sorry:) That popped into my head for some reason. So we taught the Restoration and answered a couple of questions, he also had questions about what happens after this life so we left him with the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation pamphlet, as well as a Book of Mormon, with 2 Nehpi 31, 3 Nephi 11, and Moroni 10. When we came the next day to see how he was doing, he had read the 2 Nephi chapter and little parts of the other ones. It is hard to visit during the week because he is really busy with work, so we have visits with him for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hopefully he can get married and come to church.
Honestly this last week was a little rough, being the first week with a new companion. I might be in for it for a little while. Elder Segovia is a good teacher once he can get into the lesson, if I say something like “now Elder Segovia will explain”, or something like that. He also has no problem with just wasting time with members. So, it is a little difficult but now I am learning how to start lessons and end lessons better, so we don’t end up wasting time with members. Really the missionary purpose, and president is really clear, is to baptize.
I loved getting the pictures from Oregon, looks like you guys had a good time. I hear you though on the time of year thing. When I went with Kylie it was that way too. I like when there are more rocks, bigger agates and a little moodier.
I am drinking lots of good clean water. Honestly I am not sure how my Latino companions are surviving. They really do not drink hardly any water. As far as the food goes... not too bad. Members usually do a good job at having veggies with lunch and everything. For breakfast I usually eat oatmeal or make a smoothie.
I loved watching the videos of the shop, it looks like it is going to be awesome to work out there, and even nicer without all of the compressor hoses everywhere. I am looking forward to painting the truck together. I think you should plan out a wacky paint pattern to do. Maybe look up some Guatemalan buses and take one of their designs.
Thank you also for taking the time to share your testimony with me. I feel the strength that you have when I read it. It really is a matter of a lot of small moments that build up one strong testimony.
I love you all so much and hope that everything is going well for you all!