Favorite Scripture

Helaman 5:12 "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Monday, April 1, 2013


Familia Barreto gets baptized.

What is this leaf package?

Realized there is food inside!
This week was both good and bad at the same time. I'll explain that later, but here's the good first. This week we had 5 baptisms. Family Barreto and Adri├án. Only 4 of the 5 people in fam Barreto got baptized. We're not exactly sure why, but the mom started throwing out excuses why she couldn't get baptized like, "My leg hurts and it's swollen. I can't get baptized". Basically a bunch of lame excuses. We tried talking to her but she didn't want anything. She even started to get a little mad. We left it at that. She passed the baptismal interview and everything and she said that she wanted to get baptized and everything. Something changed or she's not really ready right now. I'm pretty sure that she's not really sick or anything but she has a hidden problem that we need to discover. We'll keep working with her and try to get her really ready. 

Also along with the baptisms, afterwards some of them shared their testimonies. The one that really stood out to me was Karelis. She's 13 years old but really bright. I imagined her as a future teacher of Sunday School or as teacher of the Investigatos class. She's awesome =). 
Now the bad. The only bad thing that happened this week was Semana Santa (Easter). It was really hard to find people this week because they're all out of town being drunk, partying and remembering the life of Christ. Basically everything was just more slow this week. A ray of sunshine in our not so great week is that we found 2 new people this week who have accepted a baptismal date. They're friends of Carlos Barreto, a recent convert of 3 weeks and brother of fam Barreto. Through him we've found tons of people. He told us that he has some friends that want us to teach them. Nice. So we did and they accepted baptism. They also said that they would assist this week and I have confidence that they will. 

No I haven't gotten my packages yet. Probably the next week. Changes are this week and there's a pretty good chance that I'm leaving, but you never know. Yes I listened to my music. This morning at 6:30 I got up and listened to all of the music =). Thanks by the way. 

So the pictures. There's a picture of all the baptisms that we had this week. Fam Barreto and Adrian. Good people. And there's me trying to figure out how to eat the leaf package....And there's me finding out that there's food inside! Yeah!!

Funny thing of the week: We were studying in our house and we heard this loud squealing noise outside of our house. A little confused we look out and saw a huge pig. It wasn't very happy. And with reason. Look at the picture in the next email and tell me why you think it wasn't happy. That's right, that stand right there is a meat stand and they butcher pig. The next day the pig wasn't there.....lol. I thought it was funny =)

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