Yeah, it was a pretty crazy week, I think every week here is crazy. I'm not sure if its just this mission, or if we are still trying to get everything in order and open the mission-get everything functioning correctly, but lots of late nights and early mornings, haha. I think my body kinda died the other day from not sleeping enough, but I'm fine now. Its pretty tough balancing all the office work with the proselyting. But we have a few people that are doing well. After we baptized Jorge we kinda got left with no investigators, but we are working to be able to retain him and some of the other recent converts and two less active families.
It was pretty cool.. the sister of the two girls that got baptized a few weeks ago, that lives on her own, came to church with her family and liked it, went to conference and loved it. She has now stopped smoking, started reading the Book of Mormon and it's changing a lot of stuff in her life, and she wants to go on a mission next year. So thats pretty sweet. It's cool that the gospel helps you progress and change a lot. I think a lot of people say that there isn't a need for religion, or they don't need to go to church, they can just believe in God, but it's crazy how much someone can change by just learning and applying things they learn at church. It's like once you start it's hard to stop. This reminds me of one of scriptures that I really like, in Mosiah 5:2:
And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
It's literally exactly like that, she realized she needed to change her life and live the gospel, and now she realizes what's good for her and what's bad, made the changes and is a lot happier. It's pretty cool.
There is an activityin the Stake, "missionary for a day" and we have been running around like crazy trying to organize that. All the youth from the stake are going to leave and proselyte with us for a day and have a few training sessions. So that should be pretty fun to try to get the youth excited about missionary work.
This past week we helped organize a service activity with the Elders Quorom. And this morning we went and helped a lady clean up her yard, fix her house, and chop down a tree. There was a lottt to do, it was actally in pretty bad shape, and her wall was about to fall down and a tree was about to fall onto her house, but i think we cleaned up pretty well. She had a bunch of fire wood that she didn't want and told us to throw it away, but a member said that the bread shops always use lots of fire wood to cook bread in their big stoves so we threw it all in the back of the truck and took it to the bread shop down the street and they were pretty happy to have it and gave us free bread. And the best part was that Jorge, the guy that just got baptized came and was helping and he got to know some of the members of the quorom a little bit better and I think it was a good experience for him. We always had trouble getting converts to have good relations with the members, but I think service is perfect.
My companion is the President's secretary. He's in charge of all the travels of missionaries, pensions and organizing interviews and stuff. But we are always together here and we end up working together a lot because basically for everything here you need money. So everyone does their stuff and then works through me to pay for it. There is the travel/housing secretary, materials, and registros y tramites... I forgot how to say it in English.
Thanks for the pictures! But thanks for everything! And thanks for the email!!!
Have a nice week!!
Love, Elder Roberts