January 12, 2015
Sorry about not writing last week! I got distracted and ran out of time!
We have some great investigators who are progressing really well! It is a family: a mom, her son and her daughter. They will be getting baptized in the next couple of weeks! They only have to attend church a couple times more and stop smoking! But they are really great. They love when we come over and have really made some big changes in their lives and have told us that they feel so much better and have seen so many changes in their own lives. It’s a really cool process to watch!
Transfers were today! My comp, Elder Ostler, just finished his mission so he went home. My new comp is Elder Ochoa from La Plata, Argentina. I don’t know him very well yet but he seems super great and I think it will be a fun transfer! He is also going home after this transfer so that is interesting. Here in the mission, when you comp finishes, that’s called killing him. So I will be killing two transfers in a row! That doesn’t happen very often, but let me tell ya, it makes it a little bit harder to focus!
The mission made some big changes this week! Well not just the mission, the entire area of South America South! We no longer have Key Indicators! For those of you who didn’t serve missions, we have to keep track of certain numbers (how many lessons we had with a member present, how many references we received and contacted, how many new investigators we have, etc.) But they just took all of those out. The only numbers we now have to report are the number of Baptisms and Confirmations and the total amount of people that there were in Sacrament meeting! This is a huge change! But I think it will help us to focus more on what our objective is - bringing people unto Christ through the waters of Baptism- instead of being worried about numbers. It is a great change!
An invitation! We as a mission got the challenge of reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover before the April General Conference and I invite you all to do the same!! Its only 6 pages a day in English (or 8 pages a day if you would like to read it in Spanish!). I testify that it is a true book and that reading it brings blessings of understanding; understanding what it is our Heavenly Father wants of us; understanding why we are here; understanding where we are going; Everything! It is a complete and perfect book and without it, we wouldn’t be able to do what we need to do to be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I love you all! Keep on doing wonderful things! Put your trust in God! He know perfectly what you need to do!