Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 10 in La Candelaria

Week # 33
So a lot happened this week, it started rough, but ended great. Things didnt go well at first because a lot of appointments fell thru monday thru thursday. Well, basically everything fell thru. 
Here in August in Bogotá, everyone is flying kites because its the windy season, and we might have a ward activity in the big park here in 2 weeks to go fly kites.
On Wednesday Elder Martinez turned 23, so it was fun having his birthday this week. We werent able to do much. Im not sure Ill have a companion in the mission who is younger than me...
This week we had the baptismal service of Zully and Manuel! They are super great, and the service was a lot of fun. Elder Martinez and I sang "lead kindly light", in spanish of course. Then we had the baptism. Elder Martinez baptized Manuel, and Andres (our recent convert) baptized Zully. The baptisms were really funny, because when Elder Martinez submerged Manuel, he didnt put his feet back down, and was floating on his back. Then with Zully, Andres didnt submerge her completely, and the witnesses told him he had to do it again, so right away, he began to push her back into the water without repeating the prayer. After a moment of confusion, he figured it out and successfully performed the ordinance. 
In our last specialized training, President invited us all to offer "specific" prayers, praying to find the people who are ready to receive the gospel. So based on the instructions, we prayed to find a man with a black pants, a green jacket and a ballcap about 2 weeks ago. I have been scanning the streets all week looking for him. Im surprised how few people wear green jackets and black pants. FINALLY yesterday we found him, and i contacted him right away. My introduction was super bad and awkward, because i realized him and contacted within a split second, but by some miracle he actually listened and showed interest. I was just thinking how weird it would be if a foreigner talked to me in the street and invited me to hear about the restored church of Christ. But we were able to place an appointment with him, and were super excited!
I dont have much time, sorry i couldnt write more. I fould a cool scripture in my personal study in the book of mormon this morning in 1 Nefi 14:1.
I love this work, I am so glad to be one of the Lord´s representatives, and am so excited to be here in Colombia.
Thanks for reading!
Elder Beck

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