One thing I’ve learned while being on the mish is that you have to take advantage of P-Day, our day in the week to relax from the work and have some fun. Last week our Zone played paintball and it was honestly such a fun time. I think it was first time in the last thirteen months that I’ve had an adrenaline rush and, to be honest, it was very needed. We played outside in a forest, right next to the neighboring Andes mountains, which provided the perfect backdrop for this great memory.
This week was one of the those that are kind of a blur because the days flew by and I feel like I blinked and it was already Sunday again. To start the week out I did exchanges with Elder Garmendia, one my pench mates from Mexico who is a youngster in the mish. When I came to this area we divided into two sections. So, while the exchange with Elder Garmendia, I had an opportunity to I get to know the other side of the area/ward. We actually taught a couple of awesome lessons together and it was fun to be with one of the younger missionaries and feel his energy for the work.
Also, this week we had a couple of great lessons with Franco and Karen, a couple we came in contact with a few weeks ago. Something that is really cool about them is that they met with the missionaries a few years ago and they were about to get baptized. However, they moved and lost contact with the missionaries and didn’t follow through with their baptism plans. They are a young family and we had an awesome lesson with them about the Plan of Salvation and we talked with them about what they have to do on earth in order to get to the Celestial Kingdom. The first step, we explained, is baptism. So, they are both really excited to prepare themselves to get baptized. Now we just need to get them married!
I think one of the most difficult things we come across here in the Argentina mission is that we find such awesome families who are ready to receive the Restored Gospel, but their not married. This makes their progress toward baptism so much slower and it’s frustrating for them and for us. But, we’ll be good.
One of the better parts of the week was our lesson with Roxanne and Marcello. Recently, they have gone through some rough times as family but the other day they told us that they have seen a difference in their home ever since we’ve been visiting with them. During our lessons they always have such great questions and sometimes I just wish we could teach them everything we know all at once. Overall, they are progressing really well.
We are also still working with Emily and we’re trying to soften her father’s heart so he will allow her to enter the waters of baptism. It breaks my heart because she is so ready to make a covenant with God and she has the desire to do so but her father still wants her to wait until she’s older. It’s been tough to soften his heart, but we’re hopeful.
Have a killer week and GO UTES!