Monday, March 3, 2014

Baptism is how we accept God into our lives and start new!

Week #11 3-3-14
This week we have been totally focused on our goals. Sorry if this email is less entertaining, but we have been really focused on the people we are teaching, and im probably going to talk about investigators a lot. But dont stop reading now!
Well last week we had our first lesson with Maria on monday. She is 19, has two kids, the oldest is 6, so ill let you do the math. She is a perfect investigator. We first met her through a member and she went to church with them before our first lesson. When she gave the closing prayer that lesson, she cried at the end. She actually does the readings we leave with her in the book of mormon, and really loves the gospel. We have had 3 lessons with her this week, and she is planning to be baptized on the 15th. So she rocks.
On Tuesday we had a fun run in with a drug addict. We were on the porch of a members home, talking to them and he came up. He was really under the influence, and asked us what we wanted. We said nothing and left to avoid any conflict. Then we went back because we had left our phone with them and he was still there. We took off a little bit later and he was following us. The two boys from the family caught up and walked with us. they are 12 and 14. We turned around in the street, because my companion said he wanted some water. We stopped at a store, but they didn't have water. The drug addict asked for some bread and some popsicles, so we bought him some, it was less than 50 cents, so i didn't care. Then he was standing there eating it and asked for one of our watches. We just kind of stood there and gave reasons why we needed them. We said we were going to go look for a watch, so we went back to the members house. We just sat there until he got bored and left. So that was interesting. I was really sad for him, because the drugs had totally robbed him of his good sense and awareness. It was sad to see. 
Another cool experience- we saw some people moving bricks in the street so we stopped to help. There we met Humberto. We quickly learned he had 11 children, with 6 different women. So that was funny. He only lives with one, so we will see hpw it will all work out. He is super receptive. He invited us over and we had a powerful first lesson, despite him and his girlfriend/wife fighting in the middle of it. He is a christian and is open to ideas, and she is catholic and believes pretty strongly in it. He came to church sunday. At the end of Church he said that he needed to read the Book of Mormon more and bring his wife and daughter to church next week. It was so cool finding him. I really think we are finding the people who are ready to accept the gospel.
The Toro-Chaus family is doing well. In my last email I told how we gave a blessing to the daughter in the family who is recovering from cancer, well she has had a few exams this week and they all went well. She is getting a lot better! its so cool to see. 
Time is just about up. Sorry this email has been kind of short. Today we went to the river here and saw some of the sights. We went up in a big lookout tower and saw all of neiva. It was super cool. 
I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and baptism is how we accept God into our lives and start new. I love being a missionary. I know the Book of Mormon can help everyone grow closer to God. 
Thanks for reading!
Pictures: Sorry this wont be in order, but - pictures of Neiva, the scenery, The tower, my district, the new sisters in Manzanares, the prehistoric museum we visited and some weird statue. Some pictures of it raining here. It rained a lot.

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