This week was great! It was full of miracles and work! We definitely saw the hand of the Lord as we pushed forward this week.
Elder Cook is coming. I am so excited! The chapel that the meeting will be held in is in the other mission, and nobody knew how to get there, so, President sent Elder Nielson and I on a little adventure to find out how to get there using the buses. We were there and back in no time, but we now need to make sure that all of the missionaries arrive there as well. Accompanying Elder Cook will be President Christensen of the Presidency of the seventy and the area president, Elder Duncan. I am excited to hear the words that he has for us and all of the missionaries in Costa Rica.
This week, we participated in a world-wide missionary conference. The theme was "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts." We received a training on behalf of the missionary department of the church, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other auxiliary leaders. We learned how to become better teachers and missionaries and how to best help others to receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a great opportunity for us to receive guidance and direction from the leaders of the church. Something that really caught my attention was what Elder Andersen taught about Jesus Christ. He shared a story of Elder Scott, who once traveled to a foreign country on assignment to give a training. After the meeting, he stood to shake the hands of all those who came to see him. A little note was slipped into his hand that said, "I really enjoyed your talk, but I traveled from far away to strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ." When he read the note, he realized that he had forgotten to bear testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, he was focused on the subject he trained on. As missionaries, we should always testify of the Savior in every moment. Just as the Savior taught in the tenth chapter of the gospel of Matthew "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Elder Andersen said that we must always keep the name of Christ on our lips as we teach. That is great advice for all of us.
Today we had the opportunity to visit one of the volcanoes in Costa Rica, Volcan Irazu. It is located in Cartago, and really provides a beautiful view of Costa Rica. One of our investigators really wanted to take us there and show us around. So this morning we hopped in his truck and headed up the mountain. It is located at a really high elevation, so it seemed like we were driving forever. I also had never felt so cold in Costa Rica. It is chilly up there, but the view was amazing. We looked out over the clouds and the cities below. I continue to be amazed at how beautiful this country is. On our way back to Zapote, we stopped at a little restaurant and got some rice and chicken. Mmmmm. The only bad thing about the trip is that now I've got a pretty gnarly sunburn. Apparently, your legs get really white after wearing slacks for a year and a half, not to mention the part of your neck that is covered by your collar haha.
Elder Abel and I have some pretty great investigators. We have several investigators that are sincerely reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know the truthfulness of the book. We are preparing faith-building lessons and testifying always of Jesus Christ. We found an especially great investigator this week named Marvin, who seems to be one of the Lord's elect. We have another appointment with him today and we hope and pray for the best.
I hope that you all have a great week! I love you so much!
Mi amigo mexicano siempre me decía "Espero que nos baste el diesel para llegar arriba."