Week 29

¡Hola! The Law famililia en los Estados Unidos.

First, before I say anything else, holy snap. That is one fancy incredible FIREPLACE!!  Wow! Is it marble, and real fire? It’s so big! and it looks all October-y!
The cubard doors on the floor – do they still open? It doesn’t look like they can, the ones closest to the fireplace. And we’ve still got Chewy! Happy Day. But what are you going to do about a missing Beatrice?
Robyn! You look so different!! And you’re so much taller! Wow.
Okay, now to what happened this week. We didn’t have a baptism. We had TWO baptisms!  Osvaldo got baptized, and a young boy named Tomas as well. The Bishop baptized them. Osvaldo has quite the strong testimony after investigating the church for more than 8 months. He was pretty happy after the service, and I was quite happy on Sunday when they both recieved the Holy Ghost! It is going to help them both so much in their lives. 😀
We’ve also got an investigator named Luis who is investigating the church. We found him just a few days after I got here. We told him about the book of Mormon and he said he wants to read it to see if it’s really true. We haven’t seen him a few days since then, and I hope he’s followed through with his commitment.
We also met a new investigator named Sintia. When we met her (in her house), we started talking about the church and the Book of Mormon, then her husband came home and he was drunk silly. We left shortly thereafter. BUT, we didn’t leave without giving her a Book of Mormon. I felt that I should hand it to her as we left, and I told her that it would help and bless her life. When we returned next, she said she’d been reading it, and that it was very interesting, but we didn’t teach more because her husband was home again. I really hope that we can see her again this week!
On another note, it snowed at home! Wow. You got a nice excuse to use the fireplace. 🙂
That’s an amazing story with Monara(?)! Are you and Dad going to submit your mission papers? Or wait until you can tour Perú with me? 😉
Jared left on his mission?! Tell him I say good bye and good luck and that He will do AWESOME!
I love you all!
Have an amazing week, and a great Halloween! Have fun with the new fireplace. Don’t get burned. 🙂
-Elder Law

Week 28

Dear amazingly fantastic family,

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!
DRDRDRDRRDRDRDRDRRDRDRDRDRRDRDRDRDRRDRRRR-
And my new area is….. Pátapo, about 30 minutes north of Chiclayo. It has huge feilds of sugar cane, and to harvest it they burn gaint feilds of it. Then it starts to rain flakes of ash. It’s pretty cool here! Our area is huge, and it’s all city, so we’ll have lots of working to do. And something else new: It RAINED! THREE TIMES! Talk about different. It didn’t rain super hard, but nonetheless, it did rain. I think we’re going into the rainy season. 😛
My new companion is Elder Velarde. He’s got quite a bit of time on his mission (20 meses). 🙂 He’s pretty cool, very social, so that’s good. He’s from Perú.
Something more: We’ve got a baptism date this saturday! Osvaldo, 64 años, is going to be baptized. He’s been investigating the church for over 8 months, and firmly accepted the date to be baptized.
It’s definately hard leaving an area. Reque was excellent, and I got to know the members, my companion and the other Elders. But now I’ve been called here by the Lord, so I need to Put my Shoulder to the Wheel.
And-BEATRICE DIED?!?! That’s so sad! She lived a very long excellent life, full of excitement, bird chasing, and learning how to live with dogs. I’m sure she’s up in heaven talking all about it with Sandy, or other cats she knows. That’s good she got burried next to Sandy. Give Robyn a hug for me.
And what is THIS about a fireplace in the Family room?! Talk about something new! I’m excited to see what my suprise will be. 
But the picture you sent doesn’t come up. Can you send me a new one? And one of the backyard. I need to see that too.
And to answer your question: Yes, I exercize every day. 🙂 I’ve also gained weight while I was in Reque, but I don’t know how much.
Tell everyone hello! And give hugs to people! Tell Beatrice I say good bye.
Love you Mom and Dad and Jeffrey and Matthew and TJ and Robyn and the Cousins and Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents and Friends too!
Love LOVE LOVE!
 
-Elder Law

Week 27

¡Hello mi familia!

So, this week was interesting. We had the baptism of Manola, sorta. We prepared everything (our first without a nice problem preparing), and had nice attendance. We started, and everything was going fine. But then came time for the ordinance. The water was cold, and she being old and frail, was not very… “comfortable” to say the least. We put a chair in the water to help her: She could sit down, then lean back and we’d be good. The prayer was given, but her foot left the water when she was submerged. So, we tried again, this time without the chair. She kneeled down on a step going into the font, and would be lowered into the water. But again, she wasn’t completely submerged (she came up just before she entered completely). Long story short, we tried again without luck. By this time, she was cold, her back hurt, and she simply wanted to leave the water. We didn’t have the baptism. Bad planning on our part. I hope that Elder Mita will be able to baptize her in the future, because, I’m changing my area.

We got called last night, I’m leaving Reque. But that’s all I know, we don’t get told anything else, unless you’re going to train, but I’m not. So, it’ll be interesting. 🙂 My first area, three transfers, two companions. Sí, va a ser interesante después mañana.

Sounds like, “We’ve got a Birthday shout horray! HOORAY!!!” Happy Birthday Dad! That’s great that everyone was able to get together and be all happy and dandy. Elder Mita is going to have his birthday on the 29, and Elder Worsham’s birthday is on the 24th, AND, there’s a member here who’s birthday was on the 16th too! ¿Super mes de Feliz Cumpleños! How’s Novarad? Did they give you a cake? Cake is always good.

Sorry if my letter is short, but, like mom, my brain feels like mush right now.

Everyone have a fantastic week! Happy Birthday Tomorrow Dad!! Put a candle on the cake for me.

Love,
Elder Law

Week 26

!HOla FAmiliA¿
So, conference was pretty much amazing. There is SO much more I learned this conference than any other before hand. It all went by so fast! We all went to a stake center here for all the sessions. There were hardly anyone Saturday, but then there were TONS of people Sunday morning. Elder Worsham and I got to watch it in English, so I was quite excited.
Elder Oaks talk about children left quite the impression. And Scott D whiting’s talk about Temples. There should be no doubt that the Temple is the house of God. Therefore, there should be no doubt who enters the Temple. Our bodies are a Temple, therefore, there should be no doubt what we allow into our temples (not just physically). So good! Craig C. Christensen’s talk about the Holy Ghost was quite amazing, and Shane M. Bowen’s talk was so sad, but very powerful.
Did all the guys hear President Monson’s talk? The phrase he repeated, quite clearly at that, twice for emphasis? A WOMAN NEEDS TO BE TOLD SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. Elder Hollands talk was quite powerful, and I really hope that I never delay a prompting. “Ask the Missionaries! They can help you!” Elder Worsham and I were smiling about that. 🙂
Richard D. Scott’s talk, I thought that was a TJ talk. Are you doing Grandma’s Temple names TJ? 🙂
Elder Eyring’s talk about gifts was really good. I liked it a lot.
Personally, I thought a lot of conference, at least the saturday sessions, were about the family, and children. Very good.
One last thought, “If the Savior were beside you, what would you do?”

And what about the change in age for serving a mission? We were shocked. 18?! That’s so YOUNG! wow. And for the young women! That’s crazy! Pretty much there will be an influx of missionaries around the world.
And there is a new Temple in Peru!! We have a sister missionary here from Ataquipa, and she started crying when the announcement was made.

Yeah. Conference is incredible. Drink it in! Don’t take it for granted. And if you can send me the next conference Ensign, that’d be nice. 🙂

In other news, we have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday. Hna. Manola (87 años) will be baptized! Whoo! She finally accepted. I was quite excited, and didn’t really believe it at first to be honest. Unfortunately we still haven’t been able to see Omero or his wife. But we did find another man, Johnathan, who was interested in the Plan of Salvation and repentence. (Crossing my fingers)

Ana is working at Walmart. Qué chevere. 🙂 How’s Drew doing? Tell him I say Hi!

Quiestion: What’s Skylar’s mission address? I never got it.

I love you ALL! Have a fantastic post-Conference week! Make sure you listen to those talks, because they’re all quite amazing.
-Elder Law

Week 25~

Dear family,
It is now October. Where did the last month go? It feels like it’s been a year and a few days all at the same time.

We baptized Italo! Happy day! It was pretty exciting, in more ways than one. They’re doing construction here on the roads to replace the water pipes (like in PG a few years ago). They had been working on the roads surrounding the church, and turned the water off for a few days. We went to the church to fill the font, and no water came. Another interesting note: no water would drain from the font either. So the water that was left in there from a baptism the previous week (other elders) was still in the font. It was quite gross. So Elder Mita and I got buckets, asked a member named Antony to help us, and began draining the font into the toilets of the girl’s bathroom. It was pretty strenuous. But here’s the amazing thing: Before we “put our shoulder to the wheel,” I knelt down and prayed.
I didn’t pray for the water to drain, or that we could get water. I prayed that I would receive the strength I would need, to drain the font, through the Atonement. Then I got up, and we drained it. It took about an hour or so, and it was pretty strenuous, but I didn’t get tired. I was swetty and gross, but I wasn’t exhausted like I would have been. I felt a push, a sort of strength that helped me. I know the power of the Atonement is real. Through it we can be forgiven of our sins, and become clean, but we can also do so much more than that with it. Elder Bednar has a talk about the Enabling Power of the Atonement in a Liahona (I don’t remember which). I suggest you read it.

After it was drained, we were going to bring water in from a near by house, but Antony told us that they’d turn the water back on at 6:00. So, we returned at 6:00, and lo and behold, there was water. The baptism went on as planned, and it was quite excellent. Italo’s whole family was there (They’re all less actives except for his older brother)! And they all attended Church the next day as well! I had the amazing opportunity to confirm him a member and give him the Holy Ghost.
We also had the most people attend Church yesterday than I had ever seen. We had members, less actives, and investigators. We ran out of seats at the end, so Elder Mita and I stood in the foyer.

So, that was pretty exciting.

On another note,
GENERAL CONFERENCE, It’s a wonderful feeling. General Conference, comes twice a year!
It’s this week! How amazing is that! It’s pretty much going to be one of the best things ever. You should all go to the conference center for one of the sessions as a family so I can see you when the congregation sings. 🙂 Prepare for it, because God’s Prophet is going to talk, and it will be heavenly! Make sure you make pancakes Jeffrey!

Mom, There are many one way streets in Peru. The description you gave of Brazil is just about the same here. but they only make the front of the houses look nice. 🙂
My feet are fine! That Sombra stuff works miracles. (Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol!) My shoos are good, except for one pair. I think it’s getting too small. What happens when that happens? Since it’s from Mr. Mac I can get a larger replacement pair, ¿sí?
We have a light breakfast, a heavy lunch and a medium dinner. We only eat lunch with members on the weekends. And there is rice at every meal after breakfast, but not beans. Rice and Rice…. eevveerryywwhheerree…. I think Matthew can relate. 😀 ((Yes, yes I can, lol))

I love you all! I probably forgot to write something, but that’s okay, I think.
I love you Jeffrey! You have been an amazing example to me with your letters and your support. You too Matthew! I can now understand a little of the whole “I served a mission” phrase. (There is a LOT packed into those four words)

Love LOVE LOVE!
Tell everyone that I love them, and give hugs in my behalf.

-Love, Elder Law #3