September 26, 2016
We’ve been working a lot with seminary and institute here helping to make the classes a bit stronger here. And we’ve been inviting a lot more people to attend. This week we had a member that is named Melvin Lance. He’s from Bogota, and he’s teaching seminary in the mornings. With the Bishop on Sunday he contacted a youth named Jason. He found him in the house of another family that are members, he’s a cousin. We’ve been teaching him about the gospel, and he got excited this week to go see a baptism. Then he went with them to mutual—that’s how you say it, right? The weekly activity of the youth people? And he went to church on Sunday. The Young Men’s president came with us to visit him. His brother is also doing all of the same things. We’re hoping to get him coming to seminary really soon, because once they get into seminary or institute and start going every day, it makes it so much easier because they start making friends, they learn about the gospel, they get ready super fast preparing for their baptism and do everything they are supposed to do. Such cool programs!
This week we went to Santa Marta to see a member of the seventy that came to visit, Elder Favabella sp? with his wife. It was really great to meet them. They taught us some really cool stuff about how to help our mission baptize more, how to ask for references, how to use family history, and other great tips. His message was doctrine oriented and had some really good ideas for us to use. His wife was very excited and and so happy. She brought such a cool spirit to the meeting. We stayed with the Zone Leaders in Santa Marta--Elder Bustos (from Chile) and Elder Munos (from Colombia). I know them both pretty well. We had a fun time with them. They are really funny!
Thursday we went back to Barranquilla, again, for another Leader’s Council. I feel like we have a leader’s council every single week. And we have not been able to proselyte in our area as much as we should. I feel really bad about that. We came back and did divisions every single day trying to get back to see all of the good people we have been teaching.
We had a very sad experience with one of our investigators that we were teaching. Her name is Eliana. She’s been listening to us for a while. She has a very strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. She’s come to church 5 times with her kids. But her husband is really hard. He doesn’t want to listen to us. He has no interest. At one point, he did tell us that he would be fine getting married to his wife so she could get baptized. But in the last two weeks he has put a lot of pressure on her, and her extended family has been cracking down too, those who live with them, and it’s been making her feel really bad. So she has decided to stop having us over and stop listening to the messages. We were so sad. She has a strong testimony, she loves the gospel, but all the social stuff won out. We hope that one day she will be able to have the missionaries come again.
Elder Permenter came this week to help us with a problem with one of the missionaries here in our zone. He’s an assistant to the president. He came and stayed with us. He personally worked with this missionary. Then he’s been working with us. Since it was p-day, we took him around our area and let him see some fun places and take lots of pictures. It was pretty fun.
This week we have to go, again, to Barranquilla for a different kind of training. This will make it three weeks in a row. We are excited that this weekend is General Conference. We are going to teach everyone we can that the Prophet of God will be speaking to all the world. After that, we are going to be preparing for Fadis’ baptism.
I hope you guys are doing better this week. I’m sad to hear Lizzy is a little depressed without Lady around. Hey, maybe you guys should consider getting a new dog, maybe a puppy! Then Lizzy will be happy again. It’s a great idea. You should definitely pray about it. : )
Talk to you later,
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