Monday, January 12, 2015

Week 16: Good Progress and Fruit Flies


This week was pretty sweet! We had a lot of success the whole week, and especially yesterday at church. This week has been pretty crazy too though, we've been working really hard with the members and I think that's been helping a lot. I never really thought about it, but members have a huge role in missionary work and the converting process of new investigators. On Tuesday, I think, we were walking down this street to this new investigators house when some guy called out from his house ¨¨√člderes!¨¨, so of course we went to go talk to him if he was looking for us!  Turns out that he's been looking for the true church for a while now and about 2 or 3 years ago actually was taking some of the missionary discussions but then just kinda died off in the sea of investigadores that the missionary have. Luckily, he found us though! We've taught him the restoration, the plan de salvacion, y the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ lesson was really powerful. We had Obispo Balboa with us )Obispo is Bishop) and it was great. He definitely made a difference. He bore his testimony about repentance and the sacrament and the spirit was so strong. I believe that Agusto is going to be a strong member of the church. He has a date for bautismo on the 31 of this month. 

We've also been working extra hard with the members, like I already said, and its had a huge impact on the work. Yesterday at church Agusto and his daughter came to church as well as Hmna Lastina, Rosa Lopez, and Avelyn Gonzalez, less actives. It was a really good Sunday yesterday! Just know, that as members of the church you all have the responsibility to share the gospel with all people. In fact, when we were baptized, we covenanted to follow Christ and to share His gift to everyone, to share His message with all. I know it's tough in Utah, but I promise you that there are thousands of people you could talk to and share a part of the gospel with. Ya just need to look!

Right now I have a goal to finish the Book of Mormon, in Spanish, by the end of March and so I've been reading a ton lately and have found some really great things that I've forgotten about. This morning I read Mosiah 3 and 4 about our Savior and service. I was really impressed by the words of King Benjamin, they have great power. One thing that stuck out to me in particular is when King Benjamin talks about serving those in need and imparting of your substance to them even if they brought their condition on themselves. It was interesting to me because here in Peru it's really, really easy to find people who have destroyed their own lives because of addictions to alcohol or other things, and sadly, it's too easy to just look past those people. King Benjamin said something about this too, that when we just look past people like that, we have need to repent. It's my hope that we will stop looking past those people who have brought misery on themselves and instead help them, put our arms around them and help them back on their feet so they can begin their journey to CHRIST again.

Last night we had a devotional on Family History as a stake because we have Family History hermanas in our zone now, it's gonna be awesome. There has been a lot of success with Family Search in the Lima sur y central missions because of Family Search and so Pres. is starting to utilize Family Search in our mission. It was actually a spiritual experience for me because dad works for Family Search and is literally hastening the Lords work every single day from his office in Salt Lake. He's helping hasten the work 4 thousand miles away in Lima Peru, it's an amazing thought and we are so lucky to live in a day when we have this kind of technology, these tools to help the Lord. So, thanks dad for all the hard work doing for the Lord, looking back, I know our Heavenly Father has blessed our family because you stand steadfast and diligent in the Lords work, serving people everyday. I'ts a noble and sacred work to be involved in. 

On the more temporal side of things, life is good too. We have somewhat of a fruit fly infestation on our hands right now, but were going to fix that... Or at least I am cause it's nasty haha. We canceled our pensionista, kinda sad about it still, about 2 weeks ago because it will help us save money and because Guerra doesn't really like her for some reason jaja. And so the flies have been attacking our room because there's food in there. It also didn't help that the garbage trucks hadn't come for like 3 weeks until yesterday morning... ya that was gross. 

Also, last pday we had an emergency transfer. Elder Coleman and Vela left because there's a lot of areas that are lacking missionaries right now because a lot are leaving soon and there's not to many coming in, so President is moving around a lot of the missionaries to even things out a bit. It kinda stinks because I got to know them really well and their good friends, but it's all good. 

We had another tough service project on Saturday. We were leveling out this area for someone to build a house on and it was hard! We worked at it for almost 2 hours and barely did anything and there were 6 of us elders there jaja. 

So, we can have music in the mission, but it has to be a usb, can't be on an mp3 or anything. Anyways, I was wondering if you could include some music in the next package when ever that might be. There is a list of the music we can have, I'm not sure what all on is it but I know some...EFY, motab, byu choir, and stuff like that. Make sure you put a good Come thou fount on there, I like that song. Also, the piano guys have some really good piano music of hymns. 

Well, I think that's all! Hope ya'll have a great week!!

Con mucho amor, 

Elder Potter

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