Saturday, March 22, 2014

March 10th & 17th, 2014

March 10th, 2014
We had another zone activity and we're actually still in M waiting for the bus...but everything went great this week.  R and L both got baptized and as always there was lots of opposition but God is stronger than Satan!  I'll tell you that crazy story next week.  This is the last week of the transfer, so we'll see where and who I'm with next week.  Sorry about this!  I love you all have a great week!
Elder Pew
PS I have the Valentine's day package now.

March 17th, 2014

This week's subject line (Diapers, milk, onesies...) brought to you by my shopping list for this week.  Yep, I had another child!  His name is Elder C, he's 19, from Guatemala, has 7 kids in his family also, and was studying to become a chef before his mission.  He's also about 4 foot 9 and looks like a primary kid.  But the Lord calls on the weak of the earth to THRASH THE NATIONS by the power of his Spirit, so I`m not really worried.  He seems like a great kid and we'll get along great.  

Now, the craziness...we had to be in G at 11 today, and the only bus out of C that would get us there in time left at 1:30 in the morning.  I literally haven't slept since Saturday night.  We had a sweet training meeting by President Wagner before leaving, which got over at about 3, which meant we didn't make it to C yet.  We're in M right now and we're going to stay the night here with the other Elders and go home tomorrow after district class. 

We had an AWESOME week!  Good news: L and his wife and two kids all came to church on Sunday!  It was the fourth week we had passed by to take them to church and we had decided to drop them if they didn't go this time, but they did!  Hopefully they can keep progressing, we were going to have a lesson with them today that we didn't make it to.  

M went to church last week, but unfortunately this week she and her daughters had to move to G. It was a hard experience for them and for her mom, N (and for us) but it seems to have softened N's heart a little bit.  She wouldn't really commit to anything before, but this week she went to church and accepted a baptismal date for April 19th without any problems!

C and V have put their own baptismal date: March 29th.  This week they really should have everything sorted out with their marriage so that they can get baptized.  V's sister, E, also wants to get baptized that day.  Elder C is going to start his mission with a bang!

Now for the loco story from last week.  Everything was going fine with the baptismal plans for R and L until Friday, when their daughter E had her baby.  Unfortunately they had to take her to M to do a C section and her mom, L, went with her.  Problem: 1.  The zone leaders had done splits with us to do her interview that day 2. Someone would have to stay with her daughter all Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning so that she could come back and be baptized and confirmed.  Solutions:  Elder N went with Elder M to the hospital to find L, then took her to a random field in the middle of nowhere to do the baptismal interview.  2.  Our amazing, newly called relief society president volunteered to stay Saturday afternoon, all night Saturday, and all day Sunday with E so that the baptism could happen.  What an amazing example.  I could go on a lot about this, but I don't have time. It sufficeth me to say that thanks to that, E is determined to get baptized as soon as she has recovered from her operation.  It's amazing to see how Satan always has to show his hand in every baptism and also to see how pathetic he is compared to God's power.  Stay on HIS side.

Sorry about the super short, scattered letters.  Next week I promise pictures and details.  I'm super pumped to finish my mission training--it's going to be a challenge but I know the Lord will help us to have success. This is HIS work and His church, and His power that He has given to His servants.  I love you all!  Have a great week!

Elder Pew