Tuesday, May 28, 2013


    OK this week will be a shorter letter for lack of time but i`ll try to hit the important things. First of all my dog bite wound is healing up nicely with no ill effects or infections so no worries. We had a baptism this Saturday and we are hoping to maybe have another one this Saturday if not the next Saturday. We have about 8 baptisms planned out right now; we've just got to help the investigators out so that they stay strong. We`re working hard and i`m seeing the blessings, i feel good about it right now. Take care and love you!
Elder Pfister

Sunday, May 26, 2013

No confíe en cualquier perro!!!!!

Q onda,
    So you guys already know (from Hermana Jaramillo via FB) that i´m in Arraijan now as DL. My comp is Nolan Villanueva from Peru. He has a good desires to work hard which is nice. He has 4 months in the mission. The ward is great, it´s really big, like 160 people every week. There are 6 missionaries in the word here, 2 elderes and 1 hermanas but i really like it so far. We have some good investigators that we have found, can´t really give details because i have so many new names and things going through my head that i can´t keep everything straight, but this Saturday we´re going to have a baptism. In this area there are alot of Kunas so i´m starting to learn more Kuna, super confusing dialect, but it´s kinda fun. This Sunday we were able to have 4 investigators in the meeting and the key has been because of the ward missionary leader in our area and he knows everyone in his neighborhood so he just takes us around to everyone to teach and we get in easy. I have lots of hopes for this change. 

     So i know you guys don´t like when i talk about the bad things that have happened to me but i had an experience that i just can´t keep from telling.... So on Tuesday night i was getting ready to leave Margarita and i was saying goodbye to all the members. We got to this one member place and their house has a little patio in front with a little cement wall like 2 feet tall and a dog that chills there protecting the house... you guessed it, another dog story. So this dog is a mean dog to people it doesn´t know and other dogs, but to missionaries, because we all dress the same, he likes us and especially me because i give him lots of attention and always played with him from day one. Anyway, we´re good buds and everything so when i got to the house he  jumped up on the cement wall with his front paws to great me and i started petting him and all good. So there we were waiting with the dog for the family to answer the door when all of the sudden another dog appeared from behind me and this dog that is my friend the dog went crazy and in the mad scramble, my friend the dog bit me hardcore.... [Long story short:  bad deep and bloody dog bite; visit to Doctor, treatment, and antibiotics for awhile].   But really, don´t freak out, i´m fine! I talked with President and Hermana Ward and the nurse and the mission doctor and it´s all good. Just an interesting way of ending my time in Margarita, Colon. 

    Back to spiritual things, We have this guy here in Arraijan that we found and are teaching named Mito who is an old pastor i guess. We taught him the first time, normal. But when we went back the second time we asked him if he had read and prayed and he said no that he hadn´t read anything but that he had prayed and he said that when he prayed he felt something super special that he had never felt before and even though he has been baptized in his church he felt that this church is the true church and that it´s where he needs to be. And even better he went to church on Sunday! We´re probably going to put a fecha with him this week. 
     We have some other good people but like i said, everything is a blur for me with so many new names and faces. And of course, more people who want to get baptized but need to get married... i feel like cupid marrying so many people here in Panama. 

     This week has a been a good one, getting adjusted to the new atmosphere and new people. Arraijan is a lot more chill than Colon. People say it´s getting a little dangerous but i feel way safer in the dangerous parts here than i did in the safe parts of Colon. I think i´m really going to like it here, just gotta make it work with my comp, but it´s a testimony builder that two people so different can unite for one cause and work in unity for one purpose. I know that this is the work of the Lord because i have seen so many lives blessed from it and i hope to bless lots of lives here in Arraijan with the good news of the Gospel. I hope you guys have a great week, don´t freak out about my story and take care! I love you!
Elder Pfister

Monday, May 13, 2013

No tengo mucho hoy!!

   Well there´s not that much to say after our Skype session, the only new news i have is that i have been told that I will be moved this week with the changes for sure. I feel very good about my work in Margarita -Colon. When i got sent here, everyone told me it was a dead area but i think we´ve revived it alot. Now, I´m ready to move on to a new area with new people and things to do and see. I always get nervous for changes, mostly with nerves about my new companion because it´s the part that affects me and the work the most until the next change. Anyway, in my next letter i´ll let ya know what´s up. By the way i got an email from Mckay Lefler, so we´re now in communication. 
    Yulma didn´t get baptized this weekend but she´ll be baptized the 25th, the day after she gets married.  I'm happy for her and sorry I will miss it.
    Well, i´ll have a better letter next week... if they don´t send me to San Blas,  haha. Take care!
Elder Pfister
A few notes from the Skype call:
-Panama has had rolling blackouts from a severe drought that has degraded their hydoelectric power capabilities.  The rainy season has finally started there so maybe the blackouts will stop soon.  The government mandated that A.C. be turned off in many offices.  Most LDS churches in Panama don't have A.C., but the Stake Centers do have A.C.
-Elder Pfister and Elder Collier estimate that they walk about 10 miles each day as bus service is spotty and they have a big area to cover.
-The Church recently reduced the amount of money per missionary from $240 to $220/month, and stopped paying their "lunch" ladies in the Panama mission, who had gotten some money each month for serving the missionaries a lunch 5 days a week.
-The Panama mission is opening a number of new areas, with a large influx of sister missionaries.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Bueno pero feo!!

Hola chicos,

     This week was a solid week as the work goes, but yet again Sunday was a disappointment (few investigators)... but oh well we have some good things setting up with the work we did this week. We went out on splits with lots of members to the lessons and in route they showed us where alot of less active members live, and we´ve been visiting them to try to reactivate them -  and plus less actives seem to always have a kid or husband or someone that is a member that we can teach, and they usually are more positive because they have family that are members. 

     On a positive note we´re going to have two more baptisms this Saturday. Y_____a is finally getting married this week sometime, we find out the fecha today, and E_____l is also getting baptized. I´ve really enjoyed teaching Ez_____l because he´s really excited about getting baptized. Alot of the time with our investigators we have to kinda fight to get citas (appointments) and push them along, but with him he is always asking when we are going to teach him again and he always says, "We´re still on for Saturday right?", instead of us always having to say, "you still planning on getting baptized right", haha. It´s really great to teach someone so excited to be baptized. 

     Anyway so i just decided i´ll write a shorter letter today, and just catch you up on Skype call on Mother's Day. Can you guys do it at 4:30 my time on Sunday? i hope so haha i´ll probably call you sometime this week to confirm. 

    Well, that wraps things up then... I know that this is the work of the Lord and that it´s progressing quickly. I´m loving the mission, and i´m kinda sad that my time here seems to be going so fast.  Also this is probably my last week here in Colon; i think changes will be the 15th of  May. Love you - take care!
Elder Pfister