Monday, January 28, 2013

Hey everyone!

First off, we had some baptisms this week!! Elder F. and I had two in our area - Pablo and Euclides. Pablo is the 20 year old son of 2 members and Euclides is the guy I found when I went to the centro in the beginning of last transfer with the big sign shouting "clase de inglés clase de inglés gratis gratis" and he actually went and now he's baptized! Just shows you how there really aren't any coincidences and the Lord will put people in your path.

So, almost all of the members here in this city are new to the church and sometimes some pretty funny stuff happens. We have some unique lingo and sayings we use often at church. Sometimes people just being introduced to the culture of the church will repeat things they hear and mix them up or just say or do things not in the "normal" way we're used to hearing them. There's this one guy, Mario, whenever he blesses the bread he takes his whole arm and like sticks it out in front of him in some weird curve and puffs out his chest and says the prayer in a super deep robotic voice"OhGodtheeternalfatherweaskthe..." like way fast. My favorite up to this point is the same guy gave the lesson in Elders Quorum and he'd just have us read some random verses and then without explaining anything be like, "well, I think that's pretty clear" and move on. And then at the very end he gives his testimony and he says "I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, amen (it's a practice to close a prayer or testimony in the name of Jesus Christ...not the "Latter-Day Saints.") It's probably the same way for them when they hear us gringos speaking Spanish, ha! They are trying, but it still makes me laugh.

Other than that, things are going well. We have 8 baptismal dates set for the 16th of Febrero and plan on having a lot more. We just need a lot of people to go to church. Our area only had five investigators at church yesterday, but as a district in the ward we had over 20. They couldn't fit everyone in the casa capilla. Plans are already being started to build a real chapel here. I doubt I will be here when it's done, but maybe when they start it.

La semana pasada fue chévere y sé que recibimos mucha ayuda de arriba jaja. Trato de aplicar lo poquito que sé para que la obra aquí crezca. No podemos hacer nada a menos que el Espíritu esté con nosotros. Que estén muy bien. Chao.

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