Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mean Geese

Another month spinning past...where did July go?  August is already here bringing with it alot of very cold temperatures and rain and it has been raining nonstop all week.  Despite the rain and cold, this week was a really good week and we got some awesome blessings.
Here's a picture of some geese that live close to us.  They always start going crazy and try to attack us.  They also hiss at us which I didn't realize that geese hiss.  This night we were on our way to see an investigator and they were their usual "unfriendly" and mean selves.
Also Sunday night at around 7pm, the rain and wind was really bad and the power went out again. That makes our 4th power outage in Los Muermos. It was out for about 2 hours and so we went home because it is dangerous in Los Muermos without light.  It gets dark here at around 6pm. We also had a funny thing happen, we were teaching a young familiy, who had a son of about 2 years, and we are teaching them, and preparing to invite them to be baptized, and i turn it over to my companion to invite them (the new missionaries are supposed to be inviting the people) and its right as the woman decides that her son is hungry, so this is the first time that new Elder McDonald has seen that chileans don't cover up to breastfeed, luckily I'd warned him before but it was still awkward for him, so trying not to look at her and the boy and trying to focus on me and her husband, he invited was trying to invite them to be baptized but got so flustered that he left out the part about being baptized! I don't blame him, it was super awkward, and in the end we asked them again and they said yes, so it was still cool.

We also found an amazing family. About a month ago, our mamita told us that her brother and sister in law that live about 30 minutes away in another town had a baby boy who was born premature, and this baby boy passed away at 7 days old. It was really hard for them, especially since they are catholic and he wasn't baptized. The Catholic priests told them that their baby was basically condemned. So, I suggested that they give them a Book of Mormon and to tell them to read in Moroni 8, which tallks about how infant baptism is an abomination and how children are alive in Christ.  That following Sunday they were visiting but still live in another city but far away from the missionaries, and they came to our church. Then lately, we went to teach with the mamita and papito and she told us that they had recently moved to los muermos, at least a little in the country, so we went to visit them, and bless the house, and we taught them the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they were liking it and we talked to them about the book of Mormon, and they said that they had already read a little, and they talked about the peace that they felt as the read it, and how much that knowledge had helped them with the grieving process.  After that they accepted a baptismal invitation, and said that it is something that they want to do.  Yesterday they came to church and said that the Book of Mormon was a blessing to them.  So true.  Many people are looking for these things but don't know where to find them.

This week, we have a zone conference and we're anxious to see if a general authority will come. It would be pretty sick if there is.

So this past week my cough which was almost gone came back and was really bad, including one day i lost my voice for a couple hours, so I went to the doctor and he prescribed me some medicine, but it was super expensive, like the 40 bucks. I payed it with  my card but the money that I used will be reimbursed by the mission. It didn't end up being anything worse than a bad cold, but i am finally over it.

Mom & Dad it's good to hear that you guys are going to be staying busy now in your ward, when I get back I will teach you spanish mom to help you in your new calling with the young women.
Dad, yesterday we were in the church from 8-2 and then again from 4-6 with tithing and other things so I understand how it is to be busy the whole day on Sundays, but it is good for you, just make sure when I get back you give me a calling it will be as a primary teacher or to work with the scouts or young men, somehting fun haha.

I love you and am thankful for all that you do for me. Keep working hard, and being the example to everyone in the ward, I know of the power of a good example, and I know that you guys are leaders now in that ward. Be HOSTS, not guests, as our mission president always tells us. Think of the different attributes of a guest and a host.

Love you lots,