Let me start off by saying a Happy Father´s Day to my Dad! Thanks for all you've done for me and all you've taught me, and I wouldn't be here without you!
On Wednesday we had the chance to teach one of the recent converts here on the island. Her name is B, and up to this moment in her time in the church she has had some doubts about Joseph Smith. When we arrived to teach her, she told us that she was able to talk with a member about her doubts, and la hermana E was able to explain it all to her, and now B is doing great. the members here are awesome and the members are essential to the work here on the Island.
That night we were able to have a ward activity and play basketball. we went to the municipal gym to play; it didnt end well. One of the other players who wasn't a member of the church headbutted Elder S in the chest while he was shooting. Elder S didn't do anything to deserve it, but we weren't left with the greatest desire to keep playing so we left.
On Thursday we were able to do a service project for a couple that we are teaching. We teach English to P and J and they asked us to help them clean out their garage. They just bought a new puppy named bernardito. He is so cute it is ridiculous.
After the service we were able to teach a woman named I. We have stopped by her house many times, but for one reason or another we haven't been able to really dive in and teach the Restoration to her. We were finally able to and it went really well, and she committed to reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it!
On Friday, we were able to have a lesson with R. R is a recent convert in the island that hasn't gone to church in a while. She is very nice, and very funny, and we were able to teach her in the house of R who is the first counselor in the branch here. The spirit was way strong and we were able to discover some of the doubts she was having, R testified so powerfully about the church and the restoration. It was awesome!
On Saturday we helped a family mow their lawn. They don't have lawn mowers here because there are so many rocks, so everyone uses weed wackers. It was fun.
We went to F's birthday party that night. She is an investigator of the other elders, but she is a good friend of ours, and we were able to eat cake and celebrate with her.
Yesterday I was assigned to speak about fathers in sacrament meeting. It got a little emotional, but I remained in control. there was a surprise as well at church. A pilot from the Chilean Air Force came. Where was the pilot from? Idaho! It was fun to talk with him. He is doing a pilot exchange thing with the Chilean Air Force and he and his family are living in Valparaiso. He was really cool.
The rest of the afternoon on Sunday we spent visiting people. A lot of people were busy with Father´s Day parties, so we were biking around a lot, and calling to see who we could teach. We also had the blessing to bring the sacrament to a couple of members in the branch that were sick, so that brought back a fair amount of memories from the Bothell Ward.
That's it for this week. just want to end with my testimony of the importance of this work. I was reading Jesus the Christ and it talked about the parable of the workers of the vineyard. There were some that worked all day and others that worked no more than a couple of hours. Talmage talked about the importance of serving for the work and not for the wage, and that is a true principle. I am here to work in the Lord´s vineyard and it my blessing and privilege to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He is what drives me when I am tired and foolishness enough to get discouraged. I love Him and I am trying to prove it one righteous decision at a time.
Love, Elder Williams