Monday, January 30, 2017

9 months!!!!

Hey guys!
 Let me just say.... I am sooo happy!! I love the Villa! It is a really hard area...like, reallly hard. But thats okay, you know why? Because my new companion is the greatest missionary ever! I am learning so much from him! So the fact that this area is hard, really doesnt bug us at all. I cant believe we have been here for two weeks already! Time goes by fast when your echando fuego! We have found a bunch of amazing people, but also lost a lot of awesome investigators...thats just part of the mission. Thats the worst part of the mission, is when we have to `break-up` with investigators. I`ll explain later. Do you guys remember of the story last week of the that investigator where we showed her the baptisms for the dead in her bible? well we went back. Expecting her to be supper positive... but guess what? Nope! She didnt even attend us , her daughter did! She has a 20 year old daughter that read the pamphlet that we left her! And she even prayed!! She says that she partially received an answer, because de repente she felt the desire to keep learning and recieving us. She is SUPER positive! So we taught her about the Book of Mormon so that she can know with all of heart that what we are teaching is true. She was really excited! So we left... we came back 3 days later and guess what... Satan got in the way. She didnt even want to recieve us, but we made our way in. She made up a bunch of excuses, but then after a while she told us the truth... Lately, shes heard alot of negative comments about our church. For some reason, her family, friends, and people in the street just start talking bad about our church to her and she got really confused. The thing is that she really feels that we wouldnt lie to her. But she pretty much broke up with us. It was SOO sad... She would have definately been a CONVERT. Pero ni modo...it was interesting, because she mentioned that some people in the street were telling her how supposably Joseph Smith died, and it kind of confused her. But when we were about to leave, we felt that we just close with our testimonies, and telling her how Joseph Smith really died, and how no matter how easy it would have been to just Lie and say `Haha! Just kidding! I made everything up!` instead of taking the easy way out, he sealed his testimony with his blood, never denying what he knows his true. We can see that she was truly impacted, but this just wasnt her time.
 I was really sad, obviously. But Elder Harris has taught me something important, he says `dont worry, Our Heavenly Father has someone prepared for us, we just have to be ready too and be looking`. Well, we found a BUNCH of better people! I`ll share one of the miracles. So, the first week we taught this guy, really postive. We went for the second cita, he wasnt there, there was his sister. So we are like well... why not? so we teach her outside. She is not positive at all, we were like well, we dont really know why we are here, but we`ll just leave a foyeto. (There is bar right next door) and then, right before we do the closing prayer, this lady comes out of the bar with red hair. She comes over to us and sits with us, (she is friends with the sister) And she says, can I join you guys as you pray? we say Of Course!! So she sits, we pray, and we talk a little bit more with her, she asked US to go teach her, because she really wants to change. Every bolo(drunk) says that... but we felt that she reallly meant it! So we put a cita and we go after a couple days. She used to go to church for months! She knows a lot about the church and was even at the point of getting baptized...but then the missoinarys got changes. She has a lot of addictions that she has to overcome but she is definately a miracle!! She is awesome!! She truly has the desire to change! 
Anyway, being a ZL is awesome! Alot more responsibility, but I like it! haha The APs are happy with our work, Valle Verde is really improving. (It needed help) Valle Verde is kind of that zone that no ones wants to go to. because its in the middle of no where! Legit, middle of no where. No super markets, no restuarants, nothing. There are just a bunch of pueblos. So alot of missionaries think that gives them the excuse not to work haha. But we are doing our best to animate everyone! 
But!! I didnt tell you guys the best news ever!! So I left Paraìso right?... who goes with Elder Guerra? (My kid) well guess what... He is DISTRICT LEADER and TRAINING a new missionary!!! What?!?! He is making history! This supperrr rare, it never happens! My dad, Elder Westberg trained right after his training too.
 We played soccer with Danli today so I talked to Elder Guerra and he is working super hard! And its true because last night when I was talking with the APs, Elder Solares tells me how pilas Elder Guerra is! Im so proud :`) I have a grandson! Elder Alvarado from Costa Rica! Super dope!
And not like im counting... but, I only have NINE months left!! I`m down to the single digits! what?
 I already miss the mission!


The family!



Here are the Mexican Tostadas we made for last weeks Noche do Hogar, Mamà and the fam loved them!



We had a missionary broadcast straight from Salt Lake this week with some big news!!
 But we are going to have zone conference this wednesday and they are going to tell us if the new changes are going to apply here. But we were supposed to watch this transmission in the chapel, but since we are in the middle of no where, the church`s internet was not good enough. So we had to buy a chip from Tigo and buy internet and plug in to one of our members house and we had our whole zone watch it from a small,small laptop! haha



 For dinner, we cook at Mamà`s house everyday! Its awesome! This is the stove :)
Elder Harris making some fried platoon!




This is our Valle Verde house, its pretty much just a concrete box... but its not bad!

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