Hope you are all doing well. Sorry I don't have any pictures again. I need to be better at that. I just don't ever know what to take pictures of. Any ideas Stephen?
This week we have some incredible experiences with less actives but all of our baptismal dates fell through. Please pray that Charlie's mom and Joe's dad will give permission for them to be baptized. There is a new family that moved into our ward last week that has been less active for years. A friend of theirs told us where they lived. We stopped by and they all came to church. They are a large family and thus we deperately need them in our ward.
We went on splits for the first time last night! The Elders Quorum went on visitas to the less actives and we tagged along. Great fun and good to know that I can survive without Elder Barajas as far as Spanish goes. All the members ask how long I have been speaking and then say it is not fair that missionaries can learn a language in a few months when they have lived here for years and still don't know English. I feel like my Spanish is still terrible, but I know that Heavenly Father has answered prayers because He allows me to communicate enough to share what I know to be true and to understand. I have had a few experiences where I was listening and participating in conversations and at the end realized that it was all in Spanish. It is incredible that God can make that happen. If I was on my own, I doubt I could even introduce myself yet.
I have been reading through the Book of Mormon and just finished 3 Nephi. I loved reading about the Savior's ministry here in the Americas. We have been using the Book of Mormon as the foundation of everything we do. Just about every conversation it is mentioned and every lesson we read a chapter from its pages. It is incredible to think that people don't have the teaching of Christ found within the Book of Mormon. I am so grateful that I do. What a blessing.
We met some other wonderful people this week that were baptized in their country but lost contact with the church when they came here. One of these is a young man named Dwayne. He is 21 and from El Salvador and still wants to serve a mission. How great is that?
I love you all and pray for you regularly.