Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 72 "Hellloooo" Jan 17 - Jan 22 (Casa Grande)

Sometimes I forget that Jonah probably doesn't quit fit in to a crowd, since he is kind of tall and white compared to Peruvians and he has been so often with a Peruvian missionary companion that it isn't quite as obvious.  He has a funny story about being with another tall white missionary in his letter, I'm sure they were funny to see!  Keep sending the positive thoughts and prayers to him and those people he is teaching.

Wow, what a wild week. Great stuff going on, lots of ups and downs, and we ended the week on a high note. I learned a lot this week. Probably a lot more than most weeks. I learned a lot about agency and a lot about patience, and love, and desire. It was actually a great week, a pesar que Hermano Julio no se bautizo. So, I don't want to explain all of the details, but this is mas o menos what happened.

So we have been working a lot with Hermano Julio in the past weeks and we've been so excited that he has finally been able to progress after 20 years of being held up. But what started to happen is our desires were becoming greater than his desires, and we were helping him too much. It was time for him to make his own decisions and take action on his own account. Maybe Hermano Julio wasn't baptized this Saturday, but we think that it was better that he should wait a little longer. When he decides, and puts his own baptismal date, we will be there to help him. So on Thursday, we saw that all of this was happening, so we told him that he should pray and ask God when he should be baptized, and then let us know when he knows for sure. He agreed and we left it at that. Since then, we've already seen progress in Julio's desires. Usually, we call him, and remind him about church Saturday night and Sunday morning, but we decided to let him choose. We arrived at church a couple minutes early, to find Hermano Julio sitting in the back corner, waiting for church to start. It was so great! We are so happy that he is taking these baby steps, but doing it without anyone's help. When we make our own decisions, we will be more sure of them, and we will know that they come from real desire. We will keep praying for hermano Julio, and will let you know when he makes his decision.

Other good news, Hermano Victor Llacono (I'm not sure if I've talked about him), has a date for the 28th of this month! He has really strong desires, and has even put his own baptismal date. He was recently married to his wife (who is already a member) and has taken the decision to be baptized. It's not completely set in stone, but we have faith that he can make it for this Saturday. It's been really great working with him and his wife, and we are so excited when they walk in to church together, something that neither of them would have ever imagined 2 months ago.

We had an interchange with the Elders of Ascope (another little town outside of Casa Grande) and I was with Elder Palmer from Alaska. He's like 6´3" and just as white as me, so we stuck out pretty well here in Casa Grande haha, so many niƱos were yelling ''HELLO!'', ''How are you?'', ''One, Two, Three!'' and other phrases that they learn in school, hahaha it was hilarious. We were able to teach and contact a whole bunch of people just because of the fact that we're gringos, haha use your gifts haha.

I'm happy and loving every second of the mission. Sometimes things are a little tough, and you kind of want to give up for a sec, but everything, EVERYTHING that we do as missionaries, is for the wellfare and salvation for people, so there is NO WASTED EFFORT. Everything counts. I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week, and remember to show God that you love Him. Paz afuera....haha that doesn't make any sense but whatever. LOVE YOU ALL!! 

Elder Israel

In the apartment

Peruvian Bowling?

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