April 12, 2010
Hey family! How are you all? It sounds like everything is going really well there. lol so dad had his surgery? It must be really interesting to see dad on crutches! Mom you should definitely send me a pic of dad with the crutches. I am sure that he is staying really busy!! That’s too bad about the Jeep. I hope that the guy was just wrong and Jordan can sell it and get some good money! I cant believe that he goes back next week, that three months went by so fast. RYAN is finally turning 11!!! lol tell him that I say hi and Happy Birthday!! Someday I’ll send a little something to everyone. Ya mom if you could keep me posted with what’s going on with Cody and his papers. So if he puts his papers in sometime this month, he should leave around my one year mark!! That would be so crazy!! I can’t believe that I have 8 months already!!! It’s really doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. I have half a year here in Ecuador!!! Time is going by fast. Ok so mom I sent out my pics last week, so they should be there soon, maybe today or tomorrow!! Ok so my week. Ok so really nothing really crazy happened this week it was kind of normal. Me and Elder Perez are starting to get used to the new sector. We found 12 new investigators this last week so this week should by a little bit busier. We taught all of them lesson 1 and that’s about as far as we have gotten. This week we will go back and try teaching the next lesson, so we will see what happens this week. Hopefully we can get a few to accept dates! That way we can work hard to prepare them and the Lord can give them the experiences that they need to gain a testimony. I know if we can get them to accept a date, and then work hard to help them, the Lord will take care of the rest. It’s funny, we taught a family for the first time this week name family Pena and they were really nice and funny. Actually it’s two older ladies and their kids. It was funny because they asked us sooo many questions, like really they had soo many questions. They were so surprised that we were so young and that we have chosen to serve missions or to do what we are doing. They were saying that all the kids they know that are our age are out drinking, smoking, playing soccer, with their girlfriends and doing stuff like that. They really had so many questions it was funny, and it seemed like every time they asked us, we just responded with our testimonies that we know these things are true. At the beginning they seem like they were just trying everything they could to prove us wrong or just argue with us. But after we had born our testimonies and helped them understand, they really calmed down and began to listen. At the end of the lesson they seemed to be really interested or maybe just seemed to feel more comfortable with us. We invited them to our church and they said that they couldn’t go this week, but they would like to the next week. Then they invited us to their church, which is a big Catholic church next to our house. So we might go to that and hopefully they will go to ours. They are really strong Catholics that go every Sunday, and really nice and very receptive. I really hope that we can get them to go to church, because they would really like it. But we don’t know what will happen with them. I guess we will find out. ok so we went to church yesterday and met most of the members. Really, the ward is amazing. It was testimony meeting yesterday and honestly I think that it was one of the best I have ever heard. There was a family that went up at the same time that all shared their testimonies and they were powerful. They had a son that was restricted to a wheelchair that went up there too. He was handicapped. The mom shared her testimony first holding her son in her arms. And after the mom one of her other sons shared his. Actually, because his brother could talk he held him in his arm and shared a testimony for his brother, then shared is own testimony. Finally, to end the meeting two little kids went up and shared their testimonies. It was really one of the most powerful meetings that I have ever heard, and I felt the Spirit so strongly. They have a lot of young men and young women that also shared there testimonies. Some of the young men are getting ready to serve missions. Something that I love here, or something that has really stood out to me, are the youth. I think it’s because we spend all day in the street, and there are always kids smoking, drinking, and saying stuff at us in the streets. But when I go to the church the kids are all so nice, they are soo respectful. I don’t know how to explain it, but I look up to them. I really don’t think that I could have grown up in a place like this or it would have been so hard, for the youth especially. something that I see all the time are girls that have 16 years and already have 2 kids or 14-year-olds with babies. It’s so sad because the men always just leave them. There are very many people that are married that live in the same house. It really is sad, but I guess that’s why we are here serving. It’s really amazing to see how the gospel helps and blesses the live of the people. Anyway, I am getting a little carried away, but the ward it great and they are soo happy to have missionaries back in the ward. They have a plan to help us out and give us references, so I think that things should go good. Anyway I have talked way too much and if probably should go. Sorry if it wasnt the most exciting letter. Anyway, I love you all and miss you all very much. I hope all is well with you guys back at home. I’ll talk to you next week. Love you all!!!!
P.S. The pic is of my last district and of me and Elder Perez. Oh and Elder Perez and I get along great. He is way cool!!!