Hola familia y amigos,
Wow, this week was insane! There was so much to do!
On Monday we had a goodbye party for Elder S and Elder E. More than 30 people came (which is a lot for the church here on the Island) and we almost didn't have enough food for everyone.
On Tuesday we went to the airport and we said goodbye to Elder S and Elder E. It was tough to say goodbye to Elder E after having spent 4 months with him. We found out that they arrived well and they are going to be companions in the sector where Elder S was serving before they called him to the Island! They will do well there.
|Elder S, Elder A, Elder E, and Elder Williams.|
|Elder Williams and Elder E|
|Good bye Elder E and Elder S!|
That night we got to teach one of the investigators from Elder A´s side of the Island. It was awesome because we got to teach the whole family of the investigator. J is the father of the family we taught, and we got to meet his wife, R and his two twin girls (5 years old) and his son M (8 years old). I already knew J because I had played soccer with him a couple of times. It was an awesome lesson. The kids were acting pretty crazy but when we started to pray and teach the Restoration they got real quiet and attentive, and their parents were amazed that they were paying such good attention.
We had a lesson with I that night as well. I. is T. and J's dad. he usually goes to church with them, but he has always looked at the church in a silly way. He looks it at as a club and really has't tried to search to see if its true. This lesson was different. He found out on Monday that he has a tumor in his brain. It hasn't metastasized yet, but he is still concerned and he told us that now he really does want to know. Brother T. was with us and he is a convert to the church and he shared his testimony with I. and it really helped.
On Thursday we went to a hotel called Explora. A while back they asked Elder S and Elder A to teach some English classes, and they met some cool people to teach by doing it. We went to teach another class and I realized that it wasn't just any hotel, it was a really nice hotel. Top of the line. So that was cool. More photos coming this week.
Thursday we taught C. and F. C. is an ancient investigator and has been investigating for 20 years! While we were teaching it occurred to me to share the story of my great grandfather and how he almost sold off his crops the day before the Great Depression started. we used it to teach how we shouldn't wait to repent and it worked. C said he is going to talk with his lawyer on Monday.
On Sunday I learned a valuable lesson. the hymns "Abide With Me" and "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee" are not sung a lot in Latin America. I played them both and no one knew how to sing them...awkward...on the bright side, we had an awesome lesson with M. and now she wants to get baptized and she picked a date. I won't tell you when it is cause I dont want to jinx it, but photos should be coming in a couple of weeks or so.
oh, some of you asked for more information about Elder A. He is 20 years old and from Farmington Utah. He likes to fish and ski. He actually was in the same FHE group as Melanie in BYU and he and I had a class together in BYU but we didn't really know each other there. He is the oldest of three brothers and he has been in the mission for 19 months.
We taught a total of 44 lessons this week. we are tired. we are going to try and go fishing today because we are super tired. There is a lot to do here in the Island, but with the help of the Lord we can do it. I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ, if it wasnt, I would probably be swimming in the ocean instead of knocking people´s doors. Because our message is true, we are doing all we can to spread it so it can bless the families of Easter Island.