Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Letter from Devin June 11, 2012

Hola Fam!
    Que hay!!  This week wasn´t the best week because we both were sick part of the time and that slowed down the work alot, and we had the worst luck in the world! We have 5 people who we are hoping can get baptized in the coming weeks and we had appointments with all of them, but every appointment fell through because they weren´t home or were sick. We went back everyday to try to visit them and set up new appointments, and none of them were there any of the times, so it was super discouraging. I can´t remember if i told you, (sometimes i get confused what i tell you and what i write in my journal) but a new investigator lady found us this week. She had been talking to the missionaries about a year ago but she moved and since then she hasn´t been able to find us till this week when we walked by her house and she called to us to come in. Well, she told us how she wants to start coming to church again, and wants to be baptized and all that fun stuff, so that was sweet. She also told us how she wanted us to come pick her up for church on Sunday, and she lives amazingly far away, but the mission is all about sacrifice, right, so bueno we did it. But after we made the long trek Sunday morning to her house, she decided not to go, and all she said to us was, I don´t really want to go to church this week. She didn´t even make up an excuse, she just totally blew it off. So that didn´t really help our moral. But, no fear, we won´t let this get to us or discourage us.

    One interesting thing that happened was our investigator Bunny, she really opened up to us this week and told us all her family problems and wow, this is going to be tough to help them out. All the problems are coming from her son who is with this girl and this girl is all bad. This girl and her family are all into drugs, stealing and beating up the people who get in their way. So this guy is blindly in love with her, says his mom even though the girlfriend beats him and all this terrible stuff. The girl makes him steal things and makes him pay for her drugs, and one time he refused to pay and gave his money to his mom to guard it, and the girlfriend took a knife to his man parts while he was sleeping to punish him. Once Bunny the mom found out about this, she went over there to try to get her son out of this situation, and the friends of the girl threatened to kill her.  Now they´re saying that if he leaves this girl they´ll kill him. It´s some intense stuff going down.  She completely opened up to us about it. I really have no idea how to help her and her son, and i have a feeling she is not going to progress in the gospel until this is over. I feel bad for her, she is so stressed out over it. It´s been going on for over a year she said, and it´s just getting worst with time. I really want to help her, even if she doesn´t end up getting baptized, just because i feel so bad;  no one should have to go through that kind of stuff. Though this whole story is very depressing to me, it has also really helped me as a missionary. It has shown me first hand all the terrible stuff that is going on in the world and it makes me want to get rid of it, and i know i can´t do much but i can bring happiness into people's lives through the Gospel and the message of the Church.

On a happier note, we had a way fun p-day where we went to this nature reserve park and hiked through the jungle. It was super fun, we saw some cool insects, and this pond filled with like 30 big turtles that we spent the whole time trying to catch.  Then we had races with the turtles, and mine won :) Turtles really aren´t all that slow, when they want to they can really scoot along. We also had a blast climbing the vines of the trees like Tarzan or George of the Jungle, we got pretty high and don´t worry, i got pictures.

Sounds like the weather there is bipolar switching so much. The weather here is very consistent right now... Hot in the mornings, then a rain shower, then extremely humid. I decided i really don´t like humidity, i don´t mind dry heat, it´s the humidity that gets to me. I´m constantly wet with sweat, it´s pretty much like just getting out of the shower and putting my clothes on without drying off first. But i´m used to it now, haha.

So what is this stuff about Real Salt Lake playing a Panamanian team in soccer?  I hope i have that RSL jersey to brag it up when they beat Panama, haha 

As for the packages, thanks for everything you have sent, it gives me something to look forward to and good news, i got the camera card last Tuesday so that didn´t take very long. But it was just a letter so we´ll see about a real package. I am putting together a package for you guys, it´s just a slow process so bear with me. As for stuff i need, i´m good on everything pretty much. I can buy most everything i need.

Anyway, i hope this upcoming week is alot better than the previous one, and i have a feeling it will be. I have a lot of things that i want to accomplish this week so that´ll help push me along and get things going. I am determined to get someone to church and baptized, it´s gonna happen!

Anyway, i´m going to reply to your individual emails in separate emails to each of you. I love you guys!
Elder Pfister

P.S. To answer your question, my companion is Ezra Ramos and he is from Guanajuato, Mexico, just north of Mexico City.

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