Monday, June 3, 2013

Todo bien aquí....

Hola Fam,
     Well this week passed by really fast and it was good. We´ve had some good progress with our investigators and i spent a few days in a different area for divisions with other missionaries, and the change was fun.
    Well, we´re going to have another baptism this weekend but just one when we were hoping for more. The baptism is a kid named D_____o and normally kids aren´t that cool of a story when they get baptized, but this kid is 10 years old and is going to church alone, which is the amazing part. His family is part of a different church and one day a friend of his invited him to go to church with him and he went. That was like 2 months ago and the funny part is that the friend now doesn´t go to church, but D_____o goes to church every week without missing, waking up on time and getting into his Sunday clothes and everything, and doing all that against his parents will, because at first they were against it but he would sneak out haha (we didn´t know he was sneaking out).  Then when we went over to his house to ask permission from his parents to teach and baptize him, they explained all that and said that he couldn´t be baptized. We then explained how good he was doing in the church and we called him over so he could explain what he was doing every Sunday - when he had been sneaking out - and he expressed his desire to be baptized and then his parents said yes. I felt the Spirit really strong when he said how much he was learning in church, and i think the Spirit moved and softened his parents' hearts to allow him to be baptized. Anyway this kid is pumped to be baptized, and  yesterday in church he runs over to me to set everything up with the bishop, he´s cool. 
     The pastor, M__o he´s called, is also progressing well but he recently got a job that makes him work every other Sunday so he couldn´t come to church this week. If he had come to church we would´ve baptized him on Saturday too, but i think it´ll be for the 15th of June. I really hope his wife does it too, she is more shy and doesn´t express what she feels so i don´t know exactly what she needs to take the final step, but she accepted to be baptized with him so we´ll see. Also there´s a chance of getting an entire family because he said that this Sunday his whole family was coming to church, him, his wife, and his 3 kids so that would be a miracle to get a golden family like that. 
     We have some other kuna kids we're teaching named Maria 15, Ana 10 and their neighbor, i don´t remember what his name is but he´s got 10 years. The mom of the girls doesn't come but she lets and encourages her children to go. I decided the key to getting kunas is getting them involved while their youngish (16-25) before they get stuck in bad habits, haha. 
   We have another young lady named C___y who is the daughter of an inactive member but she is really positive arriving to church alone and she is smart so she progresses really fast. The only problem is that we invited her to be baptized and she said that it was going to be tough because she´s been Catholic her whole life but that she was going to pray and search for guidance.
    Lately we have been helping this family build a house, this family aren't members or even friends with any members of the Church, but what happened was we had a service project to do close by but when we got there someone cancelled it, so we just start wandering around the neighborhood looking for someone to help, and we ran into them and started helping them. My comp had contacted them before and they didn´t even talk to him. But now we have like helped with their project for 7 days here and there and they are now starting to come to church with us, first to show their appreciation and now a few of them liked it alot so they came back again. Sadly its just the women that come because the men are working but hey, it proves that through serving people you can touch their hearts and open up doors. 
    Random things time.... I got the package last week & i really enjoyed it, all the chocolates arrived safely so thanks a ton! It´s always nice to get a taste of home every once in a while. I was talking to this guy who just got home from spending 6 months in the States and he was talking to me about all the good stuff in the States and the American food and it made me really trunky (miss home) haha that whole day i was just thinking about all the goodness waiting for me in 5ish months, haha. But don´t worry i´m still focused on the mission, just not for some of that specific day, haha. Also i´ve gotten really tan here, tanner than most gringos i guess because people now mistake me for an Argentino or a person from Chiriqui here in Panama because they are the lighter skinned latinos. I like being tan like a latino!
     Hey the backyard looks really good, i like it alot what you´ve done with the patio and jardins. Is it finally summer there? Here it´s finally cooling down a little but that comes with a ton of rain which is worse in my opinion haha. And when it doesn´t rain it gets hotter than normal. I used to want to live in a tropical climate but ya now, i really miss the change of seasons. 
    Well to wrap this up I'd just like to testify of the truthfulness of this work, i´ve been paying attention and i´ve noticed so many little miracles that happen everyday. I haven´t gone a single day this week without seeing something that i considered a little miracle from the Lord. This is His work and we are His tools so when we work right, we can see His hand guiding us in everything. I love you guys, Take care!
Elder Freezer (as everyone calls me here because that can´t say my name)

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