I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I know that you will all be spread out, so I hope that you travel safely and have a great day. This week we will be at our ward mission leader's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Super excited! Glad to hear that you are all healthy and happy. May God continue to bless you!
This week was full of work! Lots of work in and out of the office. We were able to have some really great teaching opportunities and I am really happy with the progress we made this week. We received four new missionaries this week from the Guatemala MTC. They sent the Latin missionaries a week early this change so they will be with other missionaries waiting for the changes next week. We were at the airport early to receive them and took them to see the temple before bringing them back to the office where we got them ready to head out. They are full of excitement and ready to serve!
Earlier in the week we loaded up a nice bright orange couch in the pickup to take up to San Miguel for the missionaries. They have a really nice house up there and they asked if they could have the orange couch that has been here in the office for a while. So, we took a little trip up to their house and I would say that it looks great where they put it haha.
We received a reference this week from a great family in the ward, the Moya family. That family is always willing to help us out and they are great member missionaries. They own an internet cafe here by the office and everybody around here knows that they are Mormons because they put out pamphlets and Books of Mormon for everybody to take. So last week a man named Renzo entered their internet cafe and began to talk with Steve. He has had a rough time for the last three months. I don't know how it all happened, but somehow his wife had all of the things in her name. So she took it all, threw him in the street, and got with another man. It is really sad. He found a little house to live in, but he is about to be thrown out because he can't pay the bills anymore because he got fired. There is nothing in his house. He has a little bed and a coffee-maker. He has been in a deep depression and has turned to alcohol to stop him from crying the day away. When he entered the internet cafe he got talking to Steve and wanted to talk to us really bad. So we went over to talk with him and it was great! He wants to get closer to the Lord and become a better man. When we went for the second visit, he wanted to know all about Joseph Smith. He has already read through 2 Nephi and is loving it. He is meeting with Steve to come to churchand we are so happy for him!
We also met with Lily and her family this week. They have been investigation the church for quite some time. She is half way through the Book of Mormon and knows that it is true. She just wants to take her time to be baptized. We haven't been able to meet much with her family because she recently got married to her husband and went to the Texas afterwards. She is back now and will be with us at church!
This week we also met with a less active named Julio. His entire family has not been to church for over three years and I have never seen him. Turns out he was the bishop of this ward quite some time ago. When we met him, I was on a division with Elder Jackman. The lesson was full of the Spirit and he really opened up. He works on Sundays, but we hope to see him progress and make it back to church soon.
This week I read a talk that I really liked. It is by Elder Dale G. Renlund and it is called "Latter-Day Saints Keep on Trying." Something that he said that I really like was "If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites." https://www.lds.
org/general-conference/2015/ 04/latter-day-saints-keep-on- trying?lang=eng
Love you all! Have a great week!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Un santo es un pecador que sigue intentándolo."