Monday, April 11, 2016
So yeah this was another successful week. May not be classified as success but I'm showing back up to the apartment freaking tired. My companion is taller than me (idk why every latino I have are the tall ones of the mission...) and he's not super chubby like my last one so he walks so freaking fast haha I'm not gonna lie, sometimes its so hard to keep up with him. I thought I walked fast, but nope.
Anyways we found a new family of 4 this week. They are super friendly and I feel very welcomed over there and they are pretty rich so they feed us after every lesson and man is it good food! I love the family, I just don't love ALL the questions. So many questions. Normally that's not a problem, but these questions all come straight from the old testament. Like who on earth knows the old testament. Ive studied the Bible all this week after our first lesson with them on Monday. I am now ready to answer about 5% of his questions about the Bible. I just straight up told him in our first lesson after my companion tried answering all his questions, "look we don't know the bible that well to answer your question. What we do know is that our message is true and you can find out too. You just need to pray about it and that's how you receive answers" it stopped the questions for the night and we were able to salvage the lesson up after that. We have a lesson with them tonight at 8 after I eat some really good pizza from a member.
Melanie is awesome. Her mom is starting to listen to us too and we are going to try to put fecha with her too next lesson. Melanie was unable to attend yesterday because her parents are divorced so she left to go with her dad. It was a little frustrating because we confirmed with her like 4 times with her this past week about church. She said she was all good and ready to go but yeah. She HAS to come these next 2 weeks to baptize her the 30th still. We are going to work super hard to make sure this happens.
Ive been thinking a lot about conference this week. First thing I thought about was getting a temple in Quito. In order for that to happen there are a lot of numbers that need to be reached in order for a temple to be built that our mission president shared with us. Also members need to be paying their tithing and keeping all the commandments. One of the hermanas in our zone shared a story with us about what happened where she's from in Barranquilla Colombia. She said Elder Holland came to visit and some one asked when they are going to start building the temple and he replied with when are you going to have commandment keeping members who pay their tithing? After about a long time of years of waiting they just FINALLY started building that temple in Colombia. BOOM that was a big slap in the face! If we want a temple we have to do our part. They announced it but that doesn't mean they are going to start right away. We all committed as a zone about making sure members in our ward are commandment keeping members who pay their tithing. Then we all committed to contact every family we see in the streets. Ive been trying so hard to be diligent at that.
The next thing I thought about with a member in my ward passing away this week is the talk that some sister gave about "do I really believe it?" Because everyone bore their testimonies on the plan of salvation and I was sitting there the whole time asking myself do I really believe this plan? And I really do. I know that God has this perfect plan for us. Families are forever and her 3 boys are going to see their mom again. I'm excited for the day to start my eternal family, but until then I'm going to keep sharing this plan with everyone else down here in Ecuador.
I love this church. I love this experience that I get to have right now. I love the plan that our Heavenly Father created for us and for the opportunity we have to be sealed in temples and just for temples as well to make those covenants with Him. I love you all! Thanks for the emails! Ill talk to you next week!
These are about 2 weeks old, but Zamantha came home and brought jerseys that are legit!