Well it´s official. Winter is here, and it is here to stay. I can happily say that the wind died down this week, but the temperature also died. So has the daylight. But that´s just what makes things exciting. Remember those sunsets that I raved about out in Las Heras? They´re pretty good out here in Caleta as well. And maybe one of these days we´ll hop on the roof of our pensíon to watch the sunrise…At 9:00 in the morning. Gotta love serving your mission at the end of the world!!!
Now although the weather was less than admirable, I am happy to share some awesome stories from this week. On Wednesday we FINALLY found Laura again! After almost dying in the hospital, she´s healthy and well and back in her house! We went over as soon as we could on Wednesday. She let us in and the first thing she told us was that she had still not read 3 Nephi 11. So after the prayer we flipped open to that blessed chapter of scripture and read it together. And it. Was. Awesome. Such a great feeling as we testified of the truthfulness of Christ´s ministry here in the Americas. One of the questions we asked her was how she would feel to feel the prints in Christ´s hands, feet, and side. And then we asked her what she would do if she heard Christ´s personal invitation to be baptized by His priesthood. Well that did it for her. She´s way excited for baptism, and would have been baptized this last Saturday if she didn´t have to fulfill the sacrament meeting requirement. That was a fun subject to touch. Apparently in the last couple weeks she has been talking to a lot of people of other faiths that are less than friendly with the church and its doctrine. So she had a ton of questions like ´´is it true that you lock the doors of the chapel during your meetings and don´t let anyone out?´´ Another one of her doubts was all of the ´rules´ that people say that we have. It was a relief to be able to say that we don´t obey man´s rules, but that all of the commandments that we keep come from God and not man. It´s amazing how many people make comments and cause such confusion with our investigators. But luckily Laura knew that most of it was just nonsense. Cannot wait for her baptism next month!
Speaking of investigators who have recently had a close escape with death, we also finally found Diana who disappeared two weeks ago after having a violent seizure. She´s all good now and is taking a better medication, so we´re all good now. Last time she asked us to explain about a commandment that she had heard about: the law of chastity. Joy. So this time we taught the sanctity of the family and why it is so important to obey this commandment. We were so relieved (like, you have no idea how relieved) to hear that she´s not living with her boyfriend, and that she´s completely willing to stay morally clean. Saves us and her from a lot of drama in preparing for baptism. Luckily, Diana gets it. We also found out that one of her really good friends is a member! So of course we´re teaming up with Jaqueline this week to get Diana in church and on the way to the font!
Well other than that we walked a ton most of the day but somehow taught a ton of lessons. After walking around most of the day on Saturday we stopped by Marta, a recent convert. We had literally just opened to Helaman 5 to start reading when Jeni, our landlady came in the door. To introduce Jeni, I just have to say that she´s also quite famous in the mission. She cooks, does laundry, and buys whatever the pensión needs for every missionary that has passed through Caleta in the last 8 years. She´s awesome. But she´s never made the final step to getting baptized. She goes to conferences and baptismal services, but she just keeps on saying ´´one day´´ to the baptismal invitation. So! We´re committed to focus on helping her build her faith in God, who He is, what He is like, and what He expects from her. She expressed doubts with things like if God listens to prayers and how he answers them. Then Marta came in from nowhere and gave an amazing testimony of how she received her answer that she needed to be baptized. Surprise of the weekend. 🙂 So, we´re teaching our landlady. Again it´s going to be a battle to get her up and out on the cold Sunday mornings, but we can do this!
Yikes. This transfer is going way too fast. I´m enjoying my time too much with Elder Smith and being here in Caleta. I love this place, and we´re setting up to have a great month in June with all of our investigators. I´m amazed each week to see just how prepared these people are. We need to be a bit more organized, especially in our efforts with members, but huge things are about to happen in Caleta. Each time we talk to President he reminds us to have things prepared in order to open a new area of elders here in Caleta. This week we have to find a pensión. Joy. But! It´s going to be crazy awesome to cut our area in half! Ah! Mission work. It´s the best!
Well, it´s time to go! Can´t wait to see what crazy stuff is going to happen this week. Keep praying for us! It´s working! Love you all and thank you for all your support!