Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Week 16: The Work is Progressing!

 I am definitely in more of a routine now and the time is passing quickly. Transfers in 2 weeks will change that. I still struggle with the language at times but know enough to get by.

So this week was super busy. On Wednesday we had "tramittes" again for government stuff for Argentina and they wouldn´t accept my passport because there is a space in between the Mc and the Bride and on all the other documents there wasn´t, so now I have to go to Buenos Aires on Thursday and have an interview with government officials and sign something.  But then apparently I will get a little tour and get to eat lunch at a nice restaurant in Buenos Aires.  So I am excited because I have never got to see the Capital!

Thursday was the best day of the mission so far. We taught 4 lessons in one day, two with a member and they were all with new people so now we have 4 new investigators and one has a date for baptism. An investigator has to go to church 3 times to be baptized. She didn't come so we have to push the date back, but its okay we will work with her. We were so busy all day and it felt so good. 

The Capilla Abierta was a success and we got 65 references in total, 40 of which were for us and the rest were for the Elders. As part of the tour of the chapel was the baptismal font and 7 people accepted a date for baptism and want to be taught the lessons. The cool part is that they all live in our area! We had been inviting people to come to the C.A all week so I guess it payed off! We´ll see how many actually follow through and progress in the lessons but at least we have people to teach! The Elders are so jealous and I don´t know why it turned out that way. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us to contact all of our references. But it is really a faith builder that there really are people that want to hear the gospel in San Vicente. In the morning we did splits and Hermana Manner and I and a member got to go work together which was so fun.

In answer to your question about service: So I learned a few weeks ago that we only have 4 hours of service a week to use and often we don't use it because there aren´t very many opportunities. We are always looking for service to do, but people always say they are fine and don´t need anything. Our main purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We are supposed to focus our efforts in proselyting in the streets throughout San Vicente. Talking to as many people as we can a day and inviting them to learn more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, with the main goal of us teaching them the lessons and helping them keep commitments so they learn and grow and change their lives for the better as they prepare for baptism. For me the whole mission is a service. This week we did clean the church in prep. for the Capilla Abierta and taught the gospel principle class on Sunday at church if that counts! 

At first I felt like I wasn´t helping anyone else, but our work with the less actives is paying off.  Now one whole family of 5 has been coming back to church and one other lady too because we had been visiting them.

[Since Audrey had a hard time posting pictures this week, here are some pictures from Dean participating in the Youth Cultural Event for the Philadelphia Temple and Adam singing in the Cornerstone Choir for the dedication of the Temple on Sunday, 9-18.]

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