Buenas Tardes mi familia amada!
Well, to be honest I don't have too much to tell about this week. We've been working as usual, but we didn't have a baptism. There's only two pieces of news worth mentioning really. One: It's actually gotten cold here. We had another Norte blow in and this one was colder than usual. I liked it during the day when we were walking around, but in the mornings and night it wasn't much fun. I don't know if I ever mentioned to you guys, but our house has a lot of windows... but no glass. Yep, our house has a lot of windows but only mosquito nets over it. It's actually really nice when it's hot out, but when the Nortes come. Brrrrr! I sleep just fine because I've got a couple good blankets, but studying and preparing for the day is pretty mind numbing. Literally! The past couple mornings I've been studying wrapped up in my blanket. The cold has given me an opportunity to enjoy a warm breakfast though. I've been eating some instant Quaker Oatmeal. Good stuff. :) Number Two: Elder Wheeler finally talked today about how we've been doing. I voiced my concerns and he voiced his and hopefully we'll be working a little more efficiently. Any ways, hopefully we'll be wasting a little less time now.
That's pretty much it for my week over here. We're still working a lot with reactivating inactive members. Frankly, there's a lot of work to be done in that area. My major beef with the mission here is sometimes I think they focused too much on baptisms and numbers and less on the people. However, lately my mission president has been focusing us also on retention and reactivation. I think it was a good move. Any who, on to answering your e-mails!
Mom - On the hot days, we don't have time to cool of during the day, but there's nothing better than taking a cold shower at the end of the day. It's cool that so many people are serving missions. I hear that we're about to get a lot more sister missionaries over here. Should be... interesting. I'm proud to hear that you guys have been keeping up with my challenges. I don't expect you to be perfect and neither does the Lord. Just keep trying to improve and do better! I sure know what you mean about trials. I don't really like them when I have them, but I know that I learn more during them. As for last weeks title, it's a line from the movie "God's Army". It's about missionaries. One of them says it to an investigator implying that he should get baptized. I wrote it because we got a baptism last week. We actually haven't heard from Calixto lately which is a bummer, but we have a new cellphone now so we're going to try to get in contact. As for Spanish... I wouldn't say I'm fluent, but I understand nearly everything that's said to me. I still have a little trouble communicating my thoughts at times, but I almost always can get my message across. My clothes are doing well enough. The main problem is loose buttons and stuff, but I can fix those things up myself no problem. I love you Mom and miss you a ton. No se preocupe. Vamos a estar juntos otra vez pronto. Te amo mucho mamá. Love you!
I want you all to know that the Gospel is true. There is no doubt in my mind that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. I know he was called of God to restore the true Church to the earth. How blessed are we to know the truth! I know that if we live righteously we can live with our families in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I love you all. Never give up, never surrender!
Elder Sean Horrocks