Here is the most recent email from Monday October 1st:
Mom sent me the email that lot and lots of people are reading the mission blog. That's pretty amazing. I'm glad that you're all doing a good job getting the word out through facebook and twitter and all of that stuff. My comp from the MTC, Elder Matthews had a newspaper article about his mission in his local newspaper and because of that article a woman in his hometown is now taking the missionary discussions. How cool is that? So maybe if we´re lucky something like that can happen in Martinez ;)
|Elders Clyde and Miller saying goodbye to members|
Wow, this was a big week......CHANGES HAPPENNED......and I am very happy to say that I will be staying in Geronimo for at least 6 more weeks! But, some major changes have happenned. Both Elders Miller and Clyde have left for other parts of the mission, and Elder Garcia and I are not getting replacements for them in our pension (apartment/house). Our ward is now only going to have two missionaries. Elder Garcia and I will now have double the work and double the people to visit, but I´m excited and I know Heavenly Father has it all planned out for us. It's going to be weird with just Elder Garcia and I living in our house. I'm going to miss Elders Clyde and Miller, but we are all going to be fine. Now that it's just me and Elder Garcia, it's all Spanish, all the time. I'm going to have very little opprotunity to speak English, which is actually a blessing for me. Right now I feel like I can understand pretty much everything people say, but my speaking has a lot of room to improve. So, this is the perfect opportunity for me. Elder Clyde and Miller had some awesome investigators that they have passed over to us that we know from church and english class. We are going to go and meet the rest of them throughout this week. I really couldn't be happier with my situation. I love my ward, I love my comp, and I love my pension.
Geronimo really is the perfect place for me to spend my first transfers in the field, and the odds are that I'll be staying her next transfer too, so I'm really excited.
|Our pension (house/apartment)|
Oh! I talked to Cindy (cousin Cindy in Santiago North mission) on the phone this week! She went to the mission office THE DAY AFTER I WAS THERE. How lame is that! But it was so nice to hear from her and talk to her for a little bit. I'll be seeing her and Dusty (BYU roomate also in Santiago North mission) in a few weeks (at a multiple mission conference). This week was very, very busy with work, which is just the way I like it. Cita (lesson) after cita after cita, and the investigators are progressing, and it is amazing.
We have been teaching this family with an inactive mother of four boys, and her boyfriend who is not a member. They are changing. We took them on a temple tour on Tuesday and they loved it. We had family home evening with them, and then yesterday one of the sons were baptized. The boyfriend is really really interested. These next six weeks are going to be really busy for Elder Garcia and me. A lot of big things are going to happen.
|Part of family we've been teaching|
|Baptisms of two young ones|
Like I mentioned, this last Sunday was the baptism for a boy from the family we went on the tour with, and also the daughter of an active family that we have lunch at basically every week. It was such a cool experience. We didn´t do any of the baptizing, but we brought two of our investigators, Javier and Margery, and they loved it. I could tell that the service really touched them. All of us elders had the opportunity to stand in on the confirmation of both of the kids, and that was really special.
I love you all, I pray for you daily. Thank you so much for all you have done and are doing for me! Keep busy!
|Our Zone of missionaries|
|Pizza box tower|
|Celebrating with our pizza box Christmas Tree|