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Monday, July 9, 2012
Weekly Letter: July 9, 2012
Anyway...life's good. I'm still training. I'll be training for a few months. Things are going well. Our investigators are progressing and such. My life is gooood.
Um. Yeah. So, we're working with Esperanza and Samantha. They're both sisters, and their mom and 3 of their sisters are already members. I don't know how much I told y'all about them. They both had babies about a month ago. One is named Juan Felipe and the other is named Sarai. So, their baptismal date is the 21st of July. In just 2 weeks! This week we need to teach them the commandments, so that they can be interviewed this Saturday or Sunday and be baptized next week. The only problem is that Samantha still has a pareja...novio...no sé que, and in order to be baptized, she either has to break up with him or get married. So...we're praying that we'll be able to get that all worked out. Esperanza is all good to go. I think she just needs a stronger testimony of the book of mormon. She hasn't really read much of it...if any. So I think we're going to read with her, and re commit her to read and pray. The good thing is that she really likes the church, and wants to give a good example to her daughter when she grows up.
Another investigator that we've been working with is named Jessica. Or Yessica. I'm not sure which. A lot of the time they use a Y to make a J sound. Yeison, Yeimy, Yanet, etc. Kind of funny. But whatev's. Jessica is golden. From the first time we met her, she wanted to read the book of mormon, and some to church. She couldn't come yesterday, because she had to care for her sobrino, but this next week, we're going to pray really hard, and do everything in our power so that she will come to church. This last time we talked with her, she asked us about baptism (it helps when we assign them to read chapters like 3 Nephi 11 or 2 Nephi 31. That way they're already thinking about it). So we explained some things, and she commited to be baptized on the 4th of August. But like every good Colombian, she lives in unión libre. Le toca casarse o separarse, o no puede bautizarse. So we're working on that. At least she knows now, so she can make a decision about what she wants to do.
We're also working with Alejandra. Her husband is a member, but he's been inactive ever since he came back from his mission early, 6 or 7 years ago... She's really interested, and tiene ganas de asistir, but he's kind of lazy...and not as interested in coming back to church. He always says he's going to come, and says that they'll all come together, and then Sunday rolls around, and they don't show. :-/ Lástima. So we're praying really hard for both of them. He's working a lot, and has fallen into some bad habits with the influence of his work friends and such...so hopefully he comes to and realizes that this really is what he wants. Because he knows it's true. He just doesn't want to do anything about it.
So...that's about it with our investigators. Carmen is doing wonderful. She recently started on her personal progress, and has been really faithful and has learned and grown a lot these past few weeks. It helps a lot that her aunt is such a faithful member that knows so much about the scriptures and the gospel. (Ahem. Members: When you're present in the conversion of an investigator, that investigator is 200% more likely to be baptized and then remain faithful in the church afterward).
Anyway, my life in a nutshell.
The nut was more...walnut size. Not coconut size. I don't really like coconut. Never did.
Take care, y'all. Love ya.
P.S. Strawberry's my favorite!