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, January 20, 2014

Greetings from the jungle. Things here have been going well. We worked hard last week and feel like we've got our sector under our belt. We also found 3 really good investigators last week. 3 of which are references =). We've been getting references every week as the members here are very excited to share the gospel. Many of the members here have less than 4 years in the church as the church has only recently come to this part of Ecuador. So they help us out a lot =)

This week we might even have a baptism! Might because it's still not a sure thing yet. We have an investigator named Henry. He's 18 and he's living with an inactive 15 year old girl in the ward....Yup, that's Ecuador for ya...Anyways, he's been doing pretty good and on saturday he said that he was ready to get baptized next week, but on sunday he said that he wanted to wait longer. So we're going to go by him on tuesday and see what happened. He may or may not get baptized this saturday. Just a random side note. Here we don't have an actual chapel. Just a house that's been adapted, in other words it doesn't really have a baptismal font. So what they normally do here is go to a river with waterfalls and all that cool stuff to do the baptisms =). So whenever we have one it should be pretty cool. 

We also found a new investigator that my companion Elder Bolton (he knows gringo spanish and he loves working hard) had been teaching but had left for a month and a half. We went back to teach her and she was willing and excited to get back into the church. She even wants to get baptized on Feb 8th. She'll so get baptized =)

Well, I think that's really all for now. Things are going good here. We finally have good solid investigators and we're going to kill it this week. Let you know what happens with Henry...

Funny thing of the week: So we were walking down a street and we heard a little voice say, "Hola...". We stopped and heard it again and then looked for the voice and we found.................a PARROT! It was so awesome. A giant green parrot that says "hola". We thought it was so cool =)

Pics: Here's just a few pictures I took while I was traveling in the bus from Lago Agrio to Coca for a district meeting. The black pipe you see in one of those pictures is to transport oil. Here in the Oriente the oil industry is really big, so that pipe is what takes it to refinaries.  There's the parrot as well. My companion took a video but it doesn't show up on the computer... Enjoy =)

Peace out, 

Elder Black

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