Hey, hey, hey!!! (it's fat albert!)
Elder Jenson and Paloma at her baptism in El Salto Chile June 16, 2013
Paloma got baptized yesterday!!!! Elder Rodriguez and I are so happy for her. Paloma was so excited and ready to make that decision to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of our collective prayers were definitley answered as Paloma was able to overcome all her obstacles and get baptized. I'm so grateful I was able to witness and be a part of her baptism!
Elder Jenson, Camila (Paloma's sister), Paloma, Grandma Luci and Elder Rodriguez
Elder Jenson, Mario (a priest in the El Salto 1 Ward), Paloma and Elder Rodriguez
Elder Rodriguez and I had such a killer week as well...teaching tons of lessons and having a bunch of investigators progressing. It was a great way to finish out the change. Life is GREAT!
I will be in a trio this change! Elder Castro joined Elder Rodriguez and I today.
Elder Castro and Elder Jenson new companions in El Salto June 17, 2013
It should be a good time but a little bit tough teaching in a trio but we'll get it down in no time. A trio will help with divisions really easily if a member accompanies us which is a positive. Elder Castro is from Ecuador and actually was in my Zone this past change. President thought it would be a good idea to put Elder Castro with Elder Rodriguez and I this change. We're excited and are going to make the most of it knowing we have some good investigators we're working with.
inv con fecha 4
inv que asisten a la reunion sac 4
lecciones con miembro 21
otras lecciones 6
inv que estan progresando 3
ref recibidas 4
ref contactadas 6
nuevos inv 1
lecciones a cr ma 21
We continue to only basically work though the recent converts in our El Salto 1 Ward in a small sector that we have been able to select. It's been awesome to get this sector going and get a baptism. Elder Rodriguez, Elder Castro and I are excited for this change to come because we've got 3 baptismal dates already lined up (Viviana Poblete 20th of July, Soledad Riveros 14th of July and Jose Toro 23rd of June-this weekend!). Elder Rodriguez, Elder Castro and I are going to continue to kill it here in El Salto 1!
JOSE is going to get baptized this Sunday and we're stoked! He's 16 yrs old and a stud. The only bummer is that he couldn't come to church this week. He's excited for his baptism. Just have to finish up his lessons and he's all set. The ward has been amazing with him.
SOLEDAD is doing good. It's a little hard to find her now that she's found a job. We typically have to go by her house around noon to teach her because she works from 3-10pm. Soledad has expressed her excitement and desire to get baptized. We're really excited for her!
VIVIANA is an all time investigator...but won't be on the 20th of July! The Spirit finally got to her and testified that she needed to get baptized and she picked her date of baptism...20th of July. Can't tell you how excited we are for her and will be supporting her all the way!
CRISTIAN went to church this week!! He was really nervous but stayed the whole time and also attended Paloma's baptism so he could see what it was like. Cristian said that he loved the baptism and it gave him more excitement and motivation to be able to get baptized soon. We're still working really hard with Cristian so that he can stop his bad habits. Pretty challenging times for him.
Thoughts/Highlights for the week:
I'm so happy that my buddy Cory is doing so well on his mission.
Random thought: I remembered a time this week when Trevor Tripp came home from his mission in Brazil and I was fighting to be able to pass him the Sacrament. He then made a comment of how much I had grown in two years in his talk.
El Salto is a little different in a couple of ways from other areas I've served in. There's no set Hermana that washes the missionaries clothes. We buy detergent every week and bring it to a different Hermana so that they can wash them. Also, the members only feed us lunch on Saturday and Sunday in El Salto so we make wraps, hamburgers, chicken or just go buy food for lunch during the week.
Thanks for the continued support I get from friends and family each week with prayers, letters and packages. It means alot. I especially loved getting Tallyn's letter and pictures this week. Love you Tal!
I hope dad had a great Father's Day. I was thinking of him!
Scripture: If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:5-6)
Well, that's all the time I've got today...I'm a little sick and need to get back home and rest for the week so we can give it our all!!!! Hope you are all doing really well. I love being a missionary! Saludos a todos!!!