Monday, December, 9, 2013
So this week was pretty good. Long, but very short, if that makes any sense. Being with the Ovesons is pretty ridiculous. Stephen practically can`t walk anymore, and so that makes it hard for them to work. But they are somehow still managing to baptize five people in between last weekend and this coming weekend. And a family. Which is fine.
We spent last week working. Wednesday we had to go to Consejo (council), it’s for the mission leaders and stuff. It was relatively short in comparison to what I had heard in the past. Which is fine. They gave us food and stuff, so it wasn’t bad. The mission hasn`t been baptizing well lately, but we are slowly picking back up.
We found a new family this week, Juan and Ana. They are pretty cool. References from the ward mission leader. 18 months, and this is the first real ward mission leader I have had in my whole mission. He leaves with us two to three nights a week to be able to help us, and is super cool. He has a little van, and he uses it to pick people up for church for us. super pilas. Up here in the city, there is much more order. People here are a little bit more centered, and the leaders here are a lot better about their jobs. They actually do stuff.
I am also experiencing a little bit of what it is to be a parent. When you are a zl, people in your zone come to you with all their problems. And when I say problems, I mean with whatever they deem is the slightest incommodity to them. Most of the time it really isn`t necessary, but they make it our problem. I am also learning that you can`t give people whatever they want, because then they walk all over you. Which isn`t good either.
But for the funny and spiritual side of this week.
Saturday the elders had a baptism planned with una hermana, Maricruz. She has been an investigator for 8 years, but has never been able to get baptized because her husband never wanted to get married. Her children, daughters, are members, and she has been coming to church for all this time. Well, her husband is also just a stubborn man, and wouldn`t get married unless he could do it in his own house. This is the first time he had considered getting married. He also changed the date last second, and poor Oveson had to run around like a crazy man. But they got it all done, so we took the lawyer- ummm other story. ….. Then on Saturday, for the baptism, the bishop told us that he would fill up the font for us and set up the chairs. super nice of him. Well, he got back and told us that he didn`t have time to set up the chairs, so just the font got filled. So we went over to the church.
And oh, was the font filled.
He left the water on!!! There was 3 inches of water in some parts of the chapel. So it was 230 and the baptism was scheduled for 4. So off came the shoes, socks, and tie, and on with the brooms and mops!!! We spent a solid two hours, my comp and I, getting water out of the meetinghouse. It had filled most of the hallways and some of the classrooms and the chapel. Quite the chore. There was nothing we could do other than laugh about it.
Then was the baptismal service. I gave the message on the holy ghost....which was interesting. I talked right to her, and tried to really help her understand, even though she has been coming to church for 8 years. Well, partway through, I felt the incredibly strong urge to promise her that if she was faithful, her husband would soon follow. I didn`t want to say it, but the words forced themselves out of my mouth. The last time I felt that strongly about promising somebody something was the man who afterwards committed suicide. So yeah. It came out, and then the bishop also said it in the confirmation. So I feel like it will come true. Just sometimes we have to have a little bit of faith in the Lord that he will fulfill the promises that he makes through his servants.
I had a decent birthday. Nothing special. Thanks for the gifts and all, I loved them!! It sucks that real lost though.
Well, that’s pretty much it for this week. I got nothing else.
16 DAYS TILL I CAN TALK TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!