Well, I first have got to admit that seeing mom’s email subject as “Happy Hump Week” made me smile, giggle, and super excited. It is really crazy to believe that I have (just about) hit the year mark! Time is flying by so fast and it is really hard to imagine that I’ll be home in about a year. I’m loving the mission!
Well, it has been a pretty great week. I’ve really enjoyed the success that I’ve been having here in Chilca and really love the work here. It is amazing to see investigators progress from being “of the world” to disciples of Christ that are only “in the world.” It is absolutely amazing to see this process happen, and so quickly! We have seriously had a handful of people get baptized in just a week after meeting them and they are really progressing in the gospel. I really love seeing this amazing transformation happen and am so glad that Cerro de Pasco taught me how to really teach to open the hearts of people. Seriously, I owe my teaching skills to the crazy challenges that we had out there. I really know who I am and how I can REALLY help people, and now I’m doing it with many people here in this wonderful area.
Speaking of teaching skills, I’m trying to pass them on to the youth in the ward. Almost every week we have a training meeting where we teach them teaching skills and how they can be good missionaries before being real, full-time missionaries. This week I totally stole what dad taught me last week about the difference between questions and doubts and how the first helps us and the second can destroy us. They really loved the examples in the scriptures and I went a little further with how we can remove our doubts using Moroni 10 and James 1. They feel really good about knowing that difference and I hope it helps them throughout their lives. Also, we pulled a trick on them to really teach them that the Spirit is the true teacher. We gave them a question: “why can’t we drink wine and other drinks if Christ did it and Paul says that it is good for the stomach?” We gave them six minutes to come up with the answer and then we practiced. They started pulling out tons of scriptures to try to convince us, but we just pulled out other things on them. We stopped the practice and asked them how they felt. They said that they felt “beaten” and that it wasn’t a good lesson. I then asked them if they had invited us to come unto Christ. They said no. So, then we explained that the Spirit is the real teacher and then showed them how — We talked about the Restoration and how Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he got the Word of Wisdom through revelation. Then we asked them how they felt. They said they felt a profound peace and knew that what we said was true. I told them that they needed to teach like that more. It was a great training meeting.
We had another baptism this week. This time it was the younger brother of a convert of 15 months, Sammy. Sammy told us a couple weeks ago that she was going to get him baptized no matter what it takes. I thought that it was a really sweet gesture, and it really happened. She taught her brother everything and helped him get started praying. Then she had us come over on Monday in the evening to teach him. We taught him a bit and then he busted out telling us that he had been taught everything and wanted to be baptized. So the next day we did the pre-interview and then he had the real interview and then was baptized on Saturday. It was really amazing. He’s a great guy and will be a great member.
So that’s the gist of my week. On P-Day we had hamburgers and played soccer with the members. I was playing arquero (goalie) and was smacked in the face REALLY hard with the ball. Almost broke my glasses. He was seriously four feet away from me and just smashed the ball and it really hurt my face. I’m totally fine now, but it really hurt. Also, this week starts the Santiago festivals.
Anyway, I hope that you all had a great week. Kinda sad to know that you’re all in Cali on vacation, but that’s how the cookie crumbles. If the girls go on a mission, and when Will goes, they’ll just have to live through the same thing. Well, hope you have a great week. Love you loads! I’m off to have an adventure!