Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 13 in Piamonte

Week #75
This week went much better than last. We got to teach more, and we gave a chunk of our area to the other Elders, so now we can concentrate better on what we've got. The mission president came to villavicencio, and we had our last interviews and training from him. We have a few families progressing, and today was a lot of fun!

Well, this week our leaders taught us about the importance of asking ´inspired questions´, and how it can really change a lesson. So we have been putting that into practice, and with the Rodriguez Lopez family it really helped us out. We have been working with them for a while, and they are so close to being baptized. William, the dad, just needs his papers, and he has gone 4 times to the pueblo where he is from, but they wont fix them. In our lesson we were asking them some good questions, and they expressed how stressed they have been with their business. We have seen that for these past months, but we haven't known how to bring it up. Their business just takes up so much of their time, and they don't dedicate a lot to their 2 sons. We took advantage of the situation to teach them the blessing we receive when we put God first in our lives, and make his commandments our priority. They seemed to really consider our message, and it was a spiritual lesson. William will go back to the pueblo this week, and hopefully they'll be able to set a date. They came to district conference, and are progressing well!

Things have also gone well with Kelly. She broke up with her boyfriend, and told us she will be moving out as soon as she gets a job, so that rocked! We taught them the doctrine, and they made the good decisions, which was great to see. She didn't come to church, which concerned us, but we have a lesson tonight and we are planning on reading Alma 32 with her to help her to progress more. So we will see how our lesson goes tonight!

Oscar is still progressing really well, he came to church too, and we got to visit him twice this week. On Saturday we didn't have lunch, and he invited us to lunch. But, it wasn't just any old lunch, he took us to an asadero for carne a la mamona, which is the typical dish in this province. Its big chunks of slow grilled meat, and it was really good. I felt so flattered that he treated us to such a nice lunch, and felt really appreciated. We are hoping he can be our new ward mission leader. 

On Sunday we had interviews with the President, and I felt really good in my interview. He told me I need to smile more, which has been tough for me. I guess when I don't smile I look really, really serious. Then yesterday we had a training with president, and he gave a great class. He gave us his last words, because he ends his mission with the month. I'm really grateful to have had such a great president. He took us out to carne a la mamona, so I got to eat those tasty flanks twice this week. That was great. 

Today we had a busy day. we played soccer, and then had Mexican food for lunch. It was  amazing having Mexican rice and beans again, and having a burrito. Then we went bowling! It was tough getting used to a shorter lane, but I had a lot of fun, and learned to take score by hand! We had a great pday!

I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God´s kingdom here on earth. I know that Christ directs us. I know he loves us, and want to send us His spirit as our guide. All depends on our obedience and dedication to him. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that daily reading from it brings us closer to God.

Thanks for reading!
Elder Beck

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