October 21, 2012
Hey Family, I’m doing well in Colonia 18. This week was very rewarding. Last Friday and Saturday we found a couple of families that were just amazing. We found them both with the help of member’s references. We knocked on their doors and they let us in. listened to everything said, accepted to go to church and be baptized. These two lessons were the most powerful lessons that I’ve had on my mission. I actually felt the spirit testifying to people that these things are true. A great experience. First is Emilia and her two kids. She came to church yesterday and loved everything. All the members were really supportive. She is actually the cousin of our branch president. He and his wife have been a great support for her. I’m getting a lot better at following the spirit this last week. I’ve felt very stretched this week with all that has happened. A lot of praying for help with my Spanish and that the people can feel the power of my testimony whenever I share it.
I really like this area. It’s very different from all of the other areas here in Uruguay. It’s famous in our zone because our area is very big, and we have to bike everywhere. Right now I’m blessed to have Elder Manning with me. He’s been a very great help so far. He’s happy to be working with me. He cooks really well also. He’s been teaching me just basic things like cooking meat and adding spices and all sorts of stuff.
My companion has been out for 15 months and he’s really smart, went to BYU, and wants to be a mechanical engineer. He knows Spanish really well and is happy helping me. He likes to be organized and to plan things out very well. I’m learning a lot with him.
Answers: We have found a lot of people this past week and I thank you for your prayers. I know they are helping us. I felt very inspired Saturday night after I said my prayers. Please continue to pray for us, that we can help Elaina and her kids. For my Spanish and that I can have courage.
Questions: 1. Mom, I remember you wrote down something about spiritual gifts for all of us boys. I would like to hear those thoughts about us if that wouldn’t be too much trouble. After listening to Pres. Eyring’s talk in priesthood I just want to know what my spiritual gifts are and how I can serve God better with those gifts. Maybe you and dad can put something together for us boys and Lauren.
2. For Christmas I would like peanut butter.
I’ll pray for you guys, especially dad that he can hang in there. I’m super proud that you guys are doing this. I pray it’ll make a difference.
Love you guys, so much. Thank you for your prayers.