Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This is the artist's rendition of the San Salvador Temple, due to be completed in late 2010. Colin does not think he will be able to participate in the dedication ceremonies as it is in the West Mission, but we can hope opportunities open up for him to visit.

Well yes, they were all baptised and confirmed this weekend! All 5 of them! The littlest one is 5 and she was so sad that she could not be baptized yet, hehe, she was so cute. There are a few people that go to the baptisms, not too many. Now I feel bad about whenever we had baptisms at home and I never went, even when you told me I should. I will always go now. Yes, we have a building in my city, and it has a font.

I love that scripture (Alma 17:10-11), it is so great. Look in the Preach My Gospel book and in chapter 6 are the Christ like attributes, and patience is one of them. It gives some great scriptures- one that I really like is in Alma 26:27. It talks about how when their hearts were heavy, to the point when they were about to turn back, the Lord visited them and said to "suffer afflictions with patience and I will give thee success". That is about how the scripture is, not exactly, but close enough.

So yes, Spanish is coming along, I feel like I am getting better, and I know I have a lot to learn, but it is coming along.

Thank you for everything, EVERYTHING!!!! Especially for praying and fasting for this family. Thank you so much.

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18, 2010

Do you think you could send me a boy scout handbook in Spanish? It is official, my companion is now the Branch Pres. and I am first councilor. Now we really need to start taking care of the youth, so we need to have mutual, and more then just playing soccer which is good, but could be better, as you know.

The wedding was great. The children I think were the happiest of all, and hopefully they will be baptised this weekend. Thank you so much for your prayers on their behalf.

No, I am not getting transferred and neither is my companion, so this will be another interesting chance together. I told you already he is 30, right?

So things are going well. I was reading the scriptures, as one often does while on their mission, and I happened to stumble across a beautiful passage in Doctrine and Covenants, 127 verse 2. It is very good, and helps me a lot in my times of trial, it is truly beautiful. It just helps us to remember that this is what we have been called to do, and yes, it might be tough or it might be easy, it might be for better or for the worse, but our Heavenly Father will save us for all that we do for him, we just have to go all out.

Tell Seth congrats for me, that is so awesome!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Answers to Dad's questions

We are getting ready for stake conference too, it is pretty intense since there is a lot of planning that we have to do and at the same time have to contact all the people which will be coming. So it should be a good, but a very busy, week.

About working with the youth, I help the Young Men's president out. He has only been in the church a year and a half and is basically waiting for his mission call. I was talking to him and asked him if there was any thing I could do to help him out in his calling and he said that having a good councilor that helps with stuff would be nice, there is no body in the ward that can do it because nobody can read. So I am now the unofficial helper. No, they don´t really have scouting, but I am giving a lot of encouragement for the Duty to God award, so we are starting to do that stuff.

Things are going well. The family we are teaching is getting married on Friday, so that is great, and they went to church yesterday, and all enjoyed it. We are going to go visit them tonight and have family home evening.

I am so happy that I have this opportunity to serve the Lord.

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4, 2010

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I have some very important and exciting news, WE FOUND A FAMILY OF SIX!!!!!! All of them are of baptizing age except the youngest daughter, and they went to church, all except the dad and and son. But the mom loved it and wants to come back next week, and they are all going to go the dad said. The reason he didn't go was because he is scared that if they leave the house that it will be robbed or something bad will happen to it, which is sad, but he said that he will go next week. They are just super nice. They are not married, so we taught them the law of chastity and they were, well, OK , if we need to do it we will do it. So we are getting all the papers and stuff ready for that. Oh, they are just so nice, they have next to nothing but they invited us over for tamales for New Year's eve, and it was just really great and they are super nice and oh, please keep praying for them, the familia Herrera.

So that is basically the biggest news that we have, oh, we went to this zoo place today and the monkeys started going crazy and it was really scary! I thought they were going to somehow get out and rip my face off or something! Who knows?

Speaking of stories, you can tell this one to dad: we tracked into this guy who fought in the war and he told us how one time, he was the only guy left and the bad guys were coming, so he took handfuls of blood from him companions and just poured it all over himself and played dead. The bad guys came and took his boots off of his feet and left him alone and he was able to get away. So that was pretty intense.