Soccer Champs: Elders Tarwater, Chavarria, Lamb, Crowley - Celebrating hours after the WIN!!
oh and ive gained 22 pounds.... like how and where?? haha i dont feel that much different but whatever... i hope to gain 15 more:) every meal.. pasta, meat, and bread!!!! this is a few burgers wrapped in bacon.. freakin snack in the apartment!
Me and Elder Salas - today its light jacket weather but last week it was so bitter cold! and its fall.... im gonna die!!!
#MiracleWeek:):):) How's everyone doing?? This week has been crazy!! It's insane how many emotions you can have every day!! I LOVE hearing AF did work down in St. Geezy and i wish i was there sooo bad to be apart of that little bruhaha with PG!!
Everything down south is amazing!! I can finally start to understand mostly everything! It's still a completely different language than what i learned in school and the MTC. For an example, to say "I help" its "yo ayudo" .. i learned to say it as "yo eye-you-doe" but here they say "ash-shu-doe" like completely different!!!! haha but it sounds so much tighter so i like it.
Well last monday was monumental. We played a soccer game with some of the missionaries here. We played latinos against gringos!! 4 on 4. Me, Elder Tarwater, Elder Chavarria from Atlanta and Elder Crowley from Provo. Guess who won!!!??? THE GRINGOS!!!! hahaha we celebrated like we won the world cup!! They were so mad and this week we're playing for a lot of meat! Literally the loser has to buy a the winners a lot of meat!
Elder Chavarria is so freakin funny.. He has been here 8 months and is a bomb missionary. He told us that he didn't even know the church was restored and didn't know Joseph Smith till he came to the MTC!! haha but he's so funny! His testimony is so strong! He was inactive before the mish and said he only came because he knew families could be together forever! Gosh how amazing is that!
So my dream mission was Dominican Republic...and guess who's getting baptized in 3 weeks! It was amazing! The Domincan named Tomas that i helped dig a hole for loves this gospel. Our second lesson with him and we taught him the Plan of Salvation.. no doubt i used that little puzzle thing mom:) He loved it! I just felt like he was ready and i asked him! "¡Seguire el ejemplo de Jesucristo y ser bautizado por alguien que poseer la autoridad del saucerdocio de Dios?" and he was like for sure! and i was like "¡en serio?" haha i was so stunned and so happy! then the next day we went to this ladies house that said she was interested when we contacted her! Well her and her mother were there and the mother asked us what we believed happens to us after we die..and again.. no doubt i busted out the Plan of Salvation puzzle and went to work.. and at the end i told them "En el 12 de Abril tendremos un servicio bautismal...¿se prepararan ser bautizado esa dia? and they said yes!!!! I talked about Harding a lot with them and showed them the picture of our family and her that mom put in my Book of Mormon. they loved it!!
I love teaching so much! I love contacting so much! I talk to everyone!! haha and actually had to get after my compañero a little bit because honestly he'd be chill just postin at a member's house all day! But we're all good now! Then yesterday we picked up this brand new investigator we met because he was trying to put a fence around his house and i ran over to help. His name is Juan Carlos and he too only has 3 teeth being generous. We pulled up to his house yesterday morning and to be honest i didn't think he would come. Oh and a member drove us... ya no way we have a car. We walk sooooooooooooo much and so far! But we pulled up and he was waiting for us!!! How tight!! We go to church and one of Elders in the other area spoke and Juan Carlos started to cry! He told us he came to church because he wanted to take the sacrament! He loved it and i'll for sure ask him to be baptized this week. I realized after 2 weeks that if the people have any desire to just ask them to be baptized! Then expound that desire everytime we see them! So many times people have the desire but then lose it after a couple weeks because they don't have a goal in mind!
Ramón is a homie! So turns out his english is super femmy and weird but his spanish is normal haha. To refresh a little bit he was blasted drunk and tried to talk to me in english saying he wanted to come back to the church! Well he has! he stopped drinking and smoking cold turkey and we even checked his fridge and visit him at random hours just in case haha. His hair went down to the middle of his back and he told us to shave it off! Well we did haha and Elder Salas had to do it. Soooo funny because his hair was disgusting!! Way cool but so gross!! He's so solid now and i know he can help us bring a lot of people back to the church and convert a lot of people as well!
I´m learning so much about perspective and life!
I've been reading in Alma and it's like a story! haha before the mission i couldn't read my scriptures at all but now i can't get enough of it!! Alma is my hero!!! and Ammon!!! I LOVE Alma 26 and reading all of Alma makes me appreciate it so much!! Ammon and Alma and their brothers just did work converting so many people with his brothers!! Thousands and thousands of people they converted!! And all of chapter 26 is when Ammon takes a step back and is like "WOWWW!! How great is The Lord!!!! How great is the joy that comes from other people changing their lives to allign with Christ's!!!!!!!" There´s so much emotion...and then i think his brother Aaron was like woah..easy now..don't be boastful.. and then Ammon says "if this is boasting, even so will i boast" and then goes on to say how amazing God is and that he is boasting in God!! I LOVE THIS GOSPEL AND I LOVE SHARING IT!!!!! Alma and Ammon started their success with service and i love that! Strive to serve in some way every day!! I love you all! Especially the fam! Miss you all like crazy and can't wait to chill with you again in a couple!