Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Elder Nate!

Birthday Cupcakes from the Sister missionaries

Dear Mom, Dad and everyone,

I would just like to start this email off by thanking you all for your love and support and birthday wishes.  I can feel your love all the way from down here.  It's great to hear that everything is going well up there in North America and that you're all doing a good job staying busy.

This week was a really nice and busy one for Elder Guerrero and me.  There were lots of meetings, lessons, and so forth.  One of the highlights of the week is that we were able to go on a couple of visits with President Wright on Wednesday evening, and its always a lot of fun doing that.  He also came to church with us on Sunday.  We'll be seeing each other a few times this week, because there are lots of meetings and things that the missionaries need to do in their last week -- exit interviews, the day with the president, seminars for occupation preparation, and stuff like that.  It's actually going to be a really weird and hectic week -- Elder Guerrero and I won't have the proselyting time that we want, but we are going to need to make the best with what we have. 

My birthday was wonderful -- the sister missionaries in the zone made me cupcakes to celebrate during district class on Wednesday.  Sunday (actual birthday) was actually a really busy work day for Elder Guerrero and I, but we ended the day with a Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) with a less active family that we are teaching, and they bought a little cake and sang me happy birthday.  So did all of the missionaries that I had to call for stats -- it was a very pleasant birthday.

Today was p-day -- we had a little zone bbq and played ping pong (I still got it, so you better watch out, dad!)

Elder Guerrero and I are teaching a lot of lesson -- I personally feel like we have been working hard to make the most of this short time that we have together, and that the Lord has been blessing us so much.  I feel like we have found a lot of new people recently.  It makes me sad to think that this is my last week to labor here in this vineyard, but just like you said Dad, I just need to work as hard as I can and run to the paint.  Elder Sercovich sent me an email saying that this is my last opportunity to thrust with my sickle, so I better do it with all my might.  I am going into this week focused -- I know what i need to do, now it's just the time to do it -- I don't have any time to waste.

I love you all -- thank you for your love and support.  I know the Church is true, and you are in my prayers.  Keep the faith!

with love from Chile,
Elder Schwartz

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