Querida familia mia,
How’s it going? So how was the week? Do anything super exciting? Are you guys getting snow yet? It actually snowed here! We woke up one morning, and there was a tiny bit of snow still stuck to the cars and the branch of the tree outside our window. Isn’t that great!
It certainly is plenty cold, though. It’s weird to think that I got to this area in the hottest part of summer and now it’s freezing cold. Time is just going faster and faster. I’m starting to confuse things I did with Elder Kinghorn and things I did with Elder Weixler. It just seems like such a short time I’ve been here.
So the work continues onward aqui. Our investigators are doing well, but we’re having a hard time finding new ones. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or what, but we’ve only gotten one new investigator in the last three weeks. I’m not sure what we need to change, but we need to keep finding people.
Luckily the Lord has blessed us with some incredible people that we are already teaching-- foremost being Ruth. She is just amazing! And she’s going to get baptized! She has a baptismal date for the 14th of December. I’m super excited for her! :D We set the date with her on Wednesday and then on Sunday at church we talked with her and she said that she had already checked with her boss and got the afternoon off. She is so solid, and she has such a strong testimony. She is just one of those people who has so much faith. I feel like we hardly did anything, which I guess is how it should be.
Our other investigators are struggling a bit. I’m most worried about Juvenal. We didn’t meet with him last week and then on Saturday he didn’t show up to the lesson we set and hasn’t answered since. He’s a great guy and has sincere desires, but I’m afraid he’s letting life get in the way, with all of his studies and everything. Be praying for him.
Jose didn’t read or pray all week and he still hasn’t talked with his wife, but those are just setbacks. He is still strong and just loves learning the Gospel. Each time we meet our relationship with him gets stronger. On Friday he gave each of us a huge hug as we left and thanked us a bunch for the work we are doing. The Gospel is really having an effect on him and his life, and I just want so badly for it to be able to bless his family as well. We recommitted him to talk with his wife, and we are setting up an FHE with a member family as a more subtle way to introduce what we teach.
We didn’t get to teach Jhony this week, but he did show up to English classes and Noche de Hogar, and he made good on his promises to read. Sadly he said “no” on coming to church. He was so close to saying “yes”, too! He said “little by little” but promised to come next week, and he seems to be a man of his word, so that’s good.
Arthur is suddenly making more progress in quitting smoking than I’ve ever seen. He went down 2 or 3 a day in just this last week. He and Elder Weixler have formed a really close bond, and I think that’s what’s really making a difference now. If Arthur gets baptized it will be thanks mostly to Elder Weixler. He’ll need to start coming to church again though; it’s been a few weeks now.
That is the state of things here in B5. We have some FHE’s and visits set up with members for this week. We have a great amount of support from members, and we are trying to get closer to them. We just need to start getting references out of them.
Elder Weixler and I are getting excited for our birthdays (his is the 7th), Christmas, New Year’s , and 3 Kings Day! It’d that time of year.Oh, and if your Christmas package arrives late again, it is your fault for not giving me any ideas of a present for Dad! Just kidding, sorry if it arrives late, I’m really hoping to get it out soon.
That’s all for this week. Thanks again for all your love and support and prayers. And for being the best family ever! I am so hugely blessed to have such a wonderful family, to have a testimony, for the opportunity to share the gospel with others. I love this work! And I am happier than I have ever been before. I hope all is well at home and that the Lord continues to bless you. You all are in my prayer. I love you!
P.S. We had a huge Thanksgiving feast with a family of Americans in the ward. We even had stuffing! It was amazing! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.