Mami and Papi, thank you so much for your photos [of Coke and Cindy's new apartment]; it looks great and like a super nice complex [across the street from the Conference Center: loaded with senior missionaries and Elders] and nice apartment, and when it feels right you know that God is guiding your every step. You’re supposed to be there, and we will see why in just a little while (: You should feed the elders! They will love it!
Wow, your chapel sounds soo amazing; it would be awesome to go to church there. It makes you even more excited to go to church, haha. I’m sorry that it’s a newly wed or nearly dead ward, though-- you will be out of place both ways! Also super cool that there is a Russian ward; random, but cool!
And I’m sorry about Aubrey’s car [getting stolen, in SLC]; that’s a bummer! But a good excuse to get a new one, eh?
Thank you so much for your prayers, it honestly makes me feel much better to know that you all are praying for me.
I have wanted to send pictures the past couple weeks but the computers here in the ciber are medio trucha [half junk], as we say here in Argentina, and a lot of their USB plugs don’t work so I can’t upload my photos. One of these weeks I’ll send a lot of photos, tho!
So anyway, this past week wasn’t too exciting. Last Monday we got soaked to the bone and froze, but that is normal here in Argentina in the winter. On Tuesday, Hermana Maya was vomiting, so we didn’t go out. We went out quick but she puked on a tree and all the people were staring at us... that was a little awkward. We both just laughed, haha, but we went back to the pencion. It is honestly super boring when you stay inside all day!
We have dropped quite a few investigators this week because they were not progressing; it is always super sad dropping them, because I feel so close to them, but it is necessary. We have started to work with a lot of less actives and some came to church on Sunday!! That was super exciting (: Leo has his baptism this Saturday, the 25th; he is super excited and so are the rest of us. Lots of preparations are having to get done: we made like 30 invitations and so we hope that there is a good turnout to support him! We have another noche de hogar tonight with him. Last week we had the baptismal interview prep, and I had to ask him if he had ever participated in a homosexual relationship... and we were happy that he said no! That was a little awkward though.
I haven’t really shared my testimony in a letter yet. I don’t want to be too preachy but I just wanted to say that I know that this church is true, without a doubt in my heart! Having to teach it every day, I have really come to the knowledge that it is the whole truth. It makes so much sense. EVERY question that our investigators have, we have the answer! The gospel is the church of God, and it is truly restored to this earth. I have started reading Jacob now [in the Book of Mormon]. The spirit on a mission is amazing; in like every single verse I read I am marking something new. I have never understood it like I now understand it; everything has a place in my life. It’s an amazing feeling. One of my favorite parts of the day is my personal study in the morning. I just read and learn in the Book of Mormon for an hour. I’ve never felt the spirit so strong!
As I grow spiritually I see a progress in my teaching as well. I am able to teach to the people’s needs and teach with the spirit. This past week I read in Jacob and wanted to share a scripture that especially touched me: Jacob 3:1 – 2; it gives me strength:
“Mas he aqui que yo, Jacob, quisiera dirigirme a vosotros, los que sois puros de corazon. Confiad en Dios con mentes firmes, y orad a el con suma fe, y el os consolara en vuestras afliciones, y abogara por vuestra causa, y hara que la justicia descienda sobre los que buscan vuestra destruccion. 2) Oh todos vosotros que sois de corazon puro, levantad vuestra cabeza y recibid la placentera palabra de Dios, y deleitaos en su amor! Pues podreis hacer lo para siempre si vuestras mentes son firmes.”
But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction. O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.
Thank you all for all your help and your prayers always.
I Love you all!!!