Monday, March 26, 2012
And before I continue on any further.... I GOT MY CHRISTMAS PACKAGE!!!
So, thank you thank you thank you oh so very much indeed! It was greatly appreciated, and I pretty much exploded when I saw what was inside, so I drew plenty, built some Legos, and fused the T-shirt to myself! It was great... to bad I was changed from Elder Housley, he was the only one in the mission I knew that appreciated Legos. *sigh!*
Ok, next off.... Congrats to Madison for her play! Good luck indeed! The BYU game and Hunger Games movie (I gotta see it...) all looked great! And I sure will miss Alberto and Margarita, good luck to them in thier trip also!
And ok, now for our week: we had a normal week, but with many, MANY things inserted! We had divisions on Tuesday-Wednesday, a special training meeting Friday with the president and his wife, (which, By the way, sister Ghent gave me a copy of Mom and Her in Women´s conference, I shall be sure to try to send a copy!") and on Saturday we did service in the sector of the Sister´s, clearing out weeds and shrubbery in a Jungle! Well, it´s more like a half-junglish area, but enough that their backyard has frogs, bamboo, and big colorful spiders! We were sure to avoid those...
So, a very busy week, and unfortunately with that many activities (a few more), our numbers this week were rather poor, like an old wayfaring man of grief. (almost a pun :) )
And as for our investigators, only one attended church with us: Fabian! And he´s to be baptized this weekend, between sessions of conference! Yes! All of the missionaries in our zone are going to have this Saturday´s baptisms in the same chapel for conference, so it shall be a ´Noche Blanca´ (which means, white night, because of all the baptismal clothing.´
So, with my companion and I, things are just going right now. Yes, our first week was quite rough, and then it started to improve mightily! But now... I fear it is deteriorating again. Sigh... So, I shall continue on, and hope that things start to get going smoothly. *pity me!*
But, I shall be sure to stay in contact, and I pray for you all every day and night! Stay strong, do your scripture study, and go to church!
OH! And to end with a quote- ´Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now!´ - (I forgot who, but it´s from one of the Apostles, sorry!)
One is of us after doing service, me and 2 other missionaries in the Sister´s sector, a great pic of the volcano from my room, and me celebrating Christmas on March 21st.
Happy General Conference!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
So, first off, It`s always tough to begin anew, with a new sector, new investigators, new ward (actually, here it`s only a branch!) and a new companion. It`s just like leaving and starting in a new home! Quite tricky I`d say... SO! A little about our sector: there are about 2 parts of our sector which are like mega-main streets with lots of houses surrounding them, kind of like the size of 2 of our wards. And the rest of the sector goes on and on! There are hills and mountains with lots of houses randomly scattered about them! In a real sense, it`s so big that I don`t know where our limits our. And it`s not that it`s huge and has a ton of houses like Guamani, it`s just that the land goes on and on. Plus, this sector is super famous for it`s jeans. In one road, there are about 10 jeans outlets in a row, right next to each other! (along with all the mini jean factories too.) Neat, right?
And my companion is named Elder Carcini, he`s from Mexico, lives a few hours from Cancun, and is just swell. With him... let`s just say that when we started we had to go through ALOT of rough spots. *shudder!* but now we are definitely improving! I just hope that this change goes well!
When I came in, we had 2 people with a baptismal date, two young adults named Fabian and the other Luis . Fabian is a normal investigator, but Luis is an 18 year old with Epilepsy, and has very strong desires to be baptized. YES! Both we had to teach simply, and unfortunately Fabian`s baptismal date fell this weekend and yesterday, Luis told us that his mom won`t let him get baptized . He really wants to be baptized, and we know he`s ready, but we just need his mom to soften her heart to let him follow Jesus Christ. (so, if you can, all prayers will be appreciated!)
Other than them, we found 1 new family, and a new person who accepted a baptismal date in the first lesson. So we also hope that they will improve!
All in all, it`s just a tough sector. There aren`t very many people to contact, and the members also need to put in their part. Our ward is only a branch, which means we have no bishop, just a branch president, and only have a small amount of members. SO! We just need to rely in the Lord to help us!
This last Sunday we also had the opportunity to give talks at church. I spoke on mission work and how members are missionaries, and my companion spoke on the potential of the members of the church. I thought it went rather well.
AND 2x! I got here just in time, because today our zone had planned to go on a super-trip! Yes, we got to go to Chimboraza, the tallest volcano in the world! (don`t worry mom, this one is IN-active :) ) It was about a 2 hour drive to go up, and we hiked for about 30 minutes. And lo and behold, it was just like Christmas! Both in happiness and snow! The first time I had rolled around in snow since winter of 2010/2011. We threw snowballs, went sledding on sheets of tin roof that we found, and even photographed some wild llamas. It was quite nice.
Well, I believe that is all the news I have for now. I hope this sector will bring us fruits, and that it may also be fun!
until next time,
PS- AH-HA! HOPE IS NOT LOST! The Christmas package is in Ecuador! The only tough thing is, since we are outside of Quito, only the zone leaders go once a month to the offices to bring back anything. It`s about a 4-5 hour trip just to get there! So, I shall see if they are going in the following week, I hope so!
Here are pics of me by a ridiculous amount of bananas, a picture of Mt. Chimboraza, me reminiscing childhood memories, and my companion contemplating on throwing a giant snowball.