Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 15: Mi Semana! (My Week)

Familia Mio,

This past week has been good as far as mission life and all that, but it's also been tough because nobody is coming to church! All of the investigadores and menos activos that we've been working with didn't come yesterday, it's a real struggle and kind of frustrating. They're not realizing that this is literally for their exaltation and "vida eterna". I've been trying to think of ways to make them feel the responsibility that they have to act on their faith in this life and to keep the commandments, especially to take the sacrament. A little more about those new investigadores...

Raul Alfarro: So this guy is gonna be tough to baptize, not because hes rejecting the gospel, but because he's paralyzed and in a wheel chair, that the church actually gave him. He's never came to church but has always loved the missionaries because they are always kind and patient with him. He really wants to know where his father is that passed away a few months ago. It was actually Elder Ramierez and I that found him, well, he called out to us, we were on divisions. He has potential, but he didn't come to church, this week he says. 

Solidad y Familia: We contacted Solidad, the mom and 2 of her daughter a week or 2 ago and all of the family is really interested. Their traveling right now so they didn't come to church yesterday. But they have a lot of potential as well. 

Javier y Ana: The parents of Manuel. I was really confused about their situation for a long time because I didn't understand the language very well, but it's claro now. So they live together, not married, and Javier is in the process of divorcement with his wife, which will take about 3 to 4 more months so I'm probably not gonna be here when they can be baptized...But were preparing them. They have desires to change and to read the book of mormon and I'm excited for when their married and baptized and can make those covenants with God. 

Manuel: This is a different Manuel than the one Pauro and yo baptized. Its the husband of Hermana Geovana that has done some pretty crappy stuff in his life but wants to change and is on the road to repentance and becoming clean. He left Hermana Geovana a few years back because of what he had done but lately has felt the responsibility of a father and has come back, he has a lot of guilt and I feel really bad for him, were gonna help him out a little bit, or do what we can. We have a cita (appointment), I can't really remember some words anymore sorry, were going to meet with him tonight, I'm excited about that. 

A little bit more about this week, we had a training by our zone leaders this past Friday about diligence and it was awesome! I learned a lot and that they only way to develop diligence is through obedience and hard work. It's totally true, as were diligent to the commandments we are blessed immediately. If you can, read Mosiah 4:27, its awesome. I wish I could tell you everything that I learn, but there's so much. But, you can learn it all too because its all in the scriptures!

On the more temporal side of things in the mission, all is well. Our full pday was actually last Thursday because nobody is home on new years day because they are all drunk and traveling. Pday was really sweet! Elder Lee and Ortiz know this guy that smokes meat and so the zone bought 600 soles worth of smoked bbq meat, it was just like the 4 of July! It was honestly the best. We also did a secret santa thing so whoever had me bought me a brand new tie, ties are just about the only thing that have some variety on the mission so its always nice to get a new tie haha. 

The dogs have also been crazy lately, Geddy would either be dead here or have many friends haha. 

Well, got to go! 

Con mucho amor,

Elder Potter

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