(Matt: Sorry for not posting these up right when I get them, I usually don’t have my computer up at EFY. =x Time to catch up for 3 weeks!)
Wow! That’s a lot of missionary stuff going on! Sounds like fantastic stuff! And Skylar leaves on his mission in two weeks!! AHH!! Tell him it’s ‘gana be awesome! Did you get my letter to him? I sent it to our house because I don’t know his address (I’ll probably do that with pretty much all of my letters “home”). Tell him he’d better write me!
Ahora… Yoel… His baptism was scheduled for yesterday morning before church meetings. He missed it. He was in Chiclayo visiting his mother (his parents are separated). 😦 I was reminded that people have their agency, and that things won’t always work out as planned. But then Yoel came to regular church meetings, and brought his dad, José, as well. And then the topic in Sacrament Meeting was on covenants, and people talked a lot about baptism and the holy ghost, as well as continuing to the Temple. I was then reminded that God has a plan for his children, and that I need to follow his plan, not my own. I think it was perfect for Yoel to hear the messages given in church before his baptism to really solidify the covenant he was going to make.
He was baptized right after church, and I had the amazing privilige of baptizing him! ¡GOZO! The Spirit was very strong afterwards and I felt an incredible peace and comfort about Yoel’s baptism. He’ll be confirmed the following week in Sacrament meeting.
Julia. We couldn’t meet with her hardly at all this past week because she was always gone when we tried to visit and schedule a new lesson. Same with Humberto. Medaly, on the other hand is ready and wants to be baptized, but her job prohibits her from attending Church. We’re going to work with her on finding a new job this coming week so she can attend church and be baptized.
Stadium of Fire! ¡Chevre! A fire that is not inside a stadium! Not so very chevre! But that’s really amazing how that house was protected! Miracle!
I love you family so much!
(pictures: My companion and I, After breakfast for my companion’s birthday, baptism)
My Family! ¡Hola! ¿Còmo esta?
That’s crazy about all the wild fires and floods. Yeah, sounds pretty last-days-y to me. Interesante… It’s been really nice here. It feels like spring Utah weather: Great during the day, and cool at night. 🙂
It was Elder Almanza’s Birthday last week on the 30th! He’s 21. We’ve been eating cake right at left. One of the members in the ward baked a cake for us and it was DIVINE – literally “right out of the oven” fresh. I’ve been eating a lot, says my companion, Which is good. … Right? 🙂
The Cuy (I spelled it wrong last week) was prepared like chicken, yes. But no, it did not taste like chicken, and no, it was not de-boned. Pero, Esta bien! At the member’s house that we ate at, the head of the house tried to make sure I knew what I was eating. I guess I didn’t make myself clear enough that I did, so he ran back in his house and came back with a live ginypig. He held it up to me and said, “This! This is what you’re eating.” “Oh! Okay!” It was pretty funny, thinking back on it. 🙂
Yoel came to church yesterday! JOY!! He’s been progressing a lot. He reads all the stuff we assign him, and is making friends at church. His baptism is set for next week on the 8th, a Sunday. His dad, Josè (non-member) wanted to attend the baptism, so we’re having it right before church. He’s been in all of the lessons so far, to know what his son is being taught, so I’m pretty sure we’ll extend the commitment to be baptised as well. Don’t see why not.
Julia and Diego did not attend church. Julia is usually not at home when we try to teach her, so it’s difficult getting a lesson in. But, we’ll keep trying to meet her and help her the best we can for her baptism. Humberto isn’t attending church either. He works all night 7 days a week, and sleeps during the day, so he’s exhausted when it comes time for church. Attend attend attend! ¡Puede puede puede!
Happy Birthday Grandpa Norman! It’s exciting to hear your book has been published! I’ll have to tell my mission president. What’s the title of the book?
Love you family! Thank you for your email dad! Make sure the tank doesn’t die again. By the sound of it, I think it got… well… neglected….. again. Sounds like Jeffrey’s doing fantastic! Keep it up Elder Law!
-Elder Law #3