Monday, September 2, 2013

Hola de un Papá

Weekly summary in spanish:
 Éste semana bautizamos a Edith! Yo estoy capacitando a un hijo, y el va a tomar el sector al fin de su capacitación. E´Eklof se fue éste cambio. Yo amo al Señor! Hoy dia vamos a ir a jugar bowling en Larcomar! [This week we baptized Edith!  I'm training a son {they create a “family” line with trainers so if you train someone he becomes your “son” and you become his “father” and apparently this grows to having grandpas and uncles and brothers.  This did not exist in my mission.  There is a corollary when sister missionaries train, too, of course.  But this is why his subject line says “Hello from a father”} and he is going to take over our area at the end of his training.  Elder Eklof left this transfer.  I love the Lord!  Today we are going to go bowling in Larcomar!]

Elder Walstrohm is doing great! He is learning and progressing, and we get along great! Right now our great weakness is el horario [the schedule]. Mostly getting to bed on time. But we´re working on it. 
My Companions, Elder Walstrohm and Elder Witton

Elder Walstrohm has a great talent of following the Spirit in lessons. He doesn´t talk a whole lot, but when he talks, it´s simple, presice, spiritual, and always seems to fix their ´duda´ [doubt]

Edith´s baptism went great, and even more important, she was confirmed yesterday morning! She felt the spirit, and expressed her testimony, and seems to be filled with a new light and a new peace. We look forward to our appointment with her this week to talk a little more about the life of Joseph Smith.
Baptism Pic with Edith

We have been fighting to figure out and repair the water heater for the baptisimal font, and we finally have everything worked out! Now the last thing is to help our Bishop get a copy of each of the 7 keys we need to have a baptism. 

I was companions with E´Whitton for a week and a half, and it was super cool having a companion from the states! I love Latinos, but we are different people. I can learn spanish, but I can´t learn el ser latino [to be a Latino]
Elder Witton and the security guard's box

I got the package! Thank you so much! This morning I finally had the chance to read the letters (we can only read and write letters on Monday, even though I have them all on my shelf! Self control anyone?) That´s super sad that they took out the honey, root beer, and PB. Mostly the honey. Thank you Kai for sacrificing! I have heard that you can find PB in the supermarkets here, but probably not so much there in CM. 

Sierra! Your blog post made me so incredibly happy. You are the bomb. I love you so much and I hope you take lots of pictures, and make lots of blog posts so I can read them! 

Lily! I love you so much, and I hope you are loving your new world in spanish! Every time I see books for kids in spanish, I think of you and I wish that I could send you them so you can learn to speak spanish in a fun way!

Renen! Shoot, I can´t imagine what your brain could be doing if you´ve let it loose here in Perú. You´re so intelligent, especially in an engineering sort of way, I can only imagine what you´ve taken to in your new playground! Just don´t forget to learn spanish while you´re at it! You´ve only got 4 months! You're the bomb and I love you, and I hope you are having tons of fun in CM!

Kai! I´m glad you are looking forward to talking to me in spanish! Or in other words, me alegre que tiene ganas a aprender castellano! I love your letters that you send me, and the ones that I got in the package! I love you, and I hope you are finding tons of spanish speaking friends in CM! Does everyone there ask you to take them back to the US? Haha. 

Familia entera: You have such a great responsibility in the ward there! It makes me so happy to think that you are going to result in the transformation of a ward into a stake of zion. Not a stake as in a group of wards, but a stake in the sense of the scripture that commands us to strengthen our stakes.

An exerpt from a letter to the president that I think you would like to read:

I just wanted to add really quickly my experience with reading the Book of Mormon. When you challenged us to read the Book of Mormon in 2 months, I felt a strong impression that I needed to heed your invitation with vigor. As I kept thinking, I realized that the Spirit was telling me I needed to read faster. After a simple prayer, I promised that if the Lord would help me, I would finish the whole Book of Mormon in that change, or in a month and a half.   After promising with nothing more than Faith that the Lord would provide a way, I figured out that to finish in a cambio [transfer], I needed to read about 19 pages every day, not including Sundays (we have church at 8:30 so we don´t have personal study time). I also figured out from experience that I can read 20 pages in an hour. So I read like my life depended on it. And more or less it did, because I promised I would finish in a month and a half. And the Lord provided. In various ways, he provided the means by which I finished the Book of Mormon exactly at 9:00 the morning of the change. 

I can´t describe the miracles of how I came to finish, and even less of the many times that my reading blessed me and my investigators. Several times, I used the chapters that I had read that very morning in the lessons with our investigators that evening.

Through reading the Book of Mormon according to your invitation, and the personal modification I made with the Lord, I have been overcome with the Spirit, and have experienced, yet again, another change of heart. I love the Lord. I love my Savior. I understand Him better now. I feel a little more of what he felt. I know He knows me. I am grateful for the details, which He places in my way to guide me closer to Him. I love you, as a servant of the Lord, and as an instrument through the which he has blessed and guided me. 

I´m so different, and it´s so wonderful. I´m trying my best to change, and it´s hard, and it´s worth it. 

Well life is great, and I´m enjoying the blessings that the Lords blesses us with daily. I´ve learned a whole lot this past week, this past month, and I´m looking forward to learning even more! I´m falling in love with the work, which is something I have really been wanting to do for the past few months! I have been filled continually with the light and love of Christ and I love sharing it. 

E´Sagostume and I. Lo maximo, él... (my old ZL that left two changes ago)

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