Well, i don`t even know where to start because we`ve had a lot of things happen with our investigators. So in the last two weeks we`ve found some really positive people and a few of them have accepted baptismal dates and we plan on putting quite a few more dates with people this week. The most positive is a family of 4, N___ is the mom, J___ the dad and two kids. We were contacting in this neighborhood and we decided to go to the end of the street to look at some houses that collapsed from all the flooding, and from there we decided to start contacting and we were going to contact the people in this one house, but the lady was dead asleep on the couch so we passed it by, but then my comp said "no we have to contact this house, i don`t care if she`s asleep." So we contacted them and they are super positive. We taught them about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and then on next appointment we put a fecha (baptismal date) with them for the 26th of January. They have been able to come to some activities and they really enjoyed them.
Also our first week together, Elder Perez and I found this other family and taught them and it was ok, they said we could come back and teach some more, but we got busy and couldn`t make it to the next appointment and we kinda forgot about them for a week, then while we were planning one day i remembered them, and we decided to go see how they were doing. We got there and they were busy, but we put another appointment together, and this time we showed up and we were able to teach them. We got there and there was a new person there who is super into religion and goes to bible study all the time, and after some initial discussion, when we started teaching about the restoration, she went completely quiet and just sat there listening intently. We finished teaching and asked if they would like a Book of Mormon to read, and everyone said they wanted their own personal one, even the 12 year old kid wanted one haha. It was cool because many times people just fight you on everything you say, but they accepted everything we said and they want us to come back to explain more. The family consists on the grandma E_____, the niece Q_____, the nephew, and the daughter M____. Plus they all have other family members that we hope to be able to teach.
So while on divisions with the ZL`s we contacted this one lady but she didn`t have time to listen, so we just left a pamphlet and said we would come back in a few days. I went back with my normal comp and we asked for the lady, but her daughter came out and said that she was busy cleaning and didn`t want us to help her, so we asked the daughter if she knew who we were and we started teaching her. Turns out she is married and has a family of 4, but that she left her church because it didn`t seem like the type of church that would lead her to salvation, and she is super interested in the Book of Mormon, We have another appointment with her this week and i think we`re going to challenge her to be baptized too. He name is V____, she`s cool and super positive.
Sadly one of our fechas, M_____, who came to church and everything, is now in the hospital because they have to operate on her because she has some messed up ____ and she needs surgery so we don`t know how long she`s going to be there, but we plan on visiting her with some members to see how she`s doing.
We have one investigator, N___ is his name, who is definitely going to get baptized. We taught him once and he came to church once and then he went out and bought a white shirt and tie and is calling himself a Mormon already. He came to church again yesterday, and we asked him how our church compared to the others he had visited, and he said that our church was like a real church where you can receive eternal life. He really likes the church and is making some friends.
So Elder Perez and I randomly decided that we wanted to have a group night, so that all our investigators that couldn't come to church could come and meet members and have a good experience in the church. We planned the group night for this past Thursday. It went pretty well, none of the investigators we had in mind could come, but we had some other investigators there and quite a few members and it was fun. We mixed some messages in with some games to help them understand, and then we made cookies (made by me and delicious) and some Tang (made by my comp and nasty, haha) but it was a good time.
Well, you wanted me to share more about my comp... He is super tight! He works hard, is obedient and just a way chill cool guy. We get along super good and that`s super lucky because this change is a really long one because of the mission office modified changes during Christmas time. This change is 9 weeks long, the MTC all over again. I`m teaching him English even though he already knows some but it`s fun. I`m loving this change so much, we`re working hard and having a good time. Things are going really well, so now if i can baptize some of these positive investigators that`ll make it even better.
By the way i got the camera card and my debit card so you can activate it, it is safely in my hands now, haha. Thanks for the pictures and letters, i`ll send back my camera card loaded with photos and cool videos, like my one year shirt burning and the tire-throwing Olympics on video where i almost hit Elder Brown, haha.
New Years Eve was pretty cool here. It was on p-day so as a zone we went to the beach to hang out and we built a sand castle and made a doll thing like all the Panamanians do, and we put the doll in the sand castle and we blew it up with fireworks inside of it, it was sweet. Then that evening, Elder Perez and I went to the store and we pigged out on snacks, and we went to this high bridge to watch the fireworks at midnight. For New Years Day we went to the branch president's house for breakfast and after that it was a normal work day.
That's all i got for you this week, i hope it made up for a super short letter last week. One thing i`m learning here is the power of sharing your testimony because with everyone we have been sharing our testimony, but not in a shy way, but in a way that they realize that we have the authority of the Savior, and we know without a doubt it is true, and lots of times that`s all that is needed to help someone, the nudge from a strong testimony. I love you guys and i miss you. Brit, i hope everything goes well and that the baby comes out fast, painless, and super healthy! I`m prayin for ya!