Serving in the Cochabamba Bolivia Mission
November 3, 2010-November, 2012

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Greetings from Bolivia!

Hello family and amigos(that´s spanish for friends.... XD) !!!!

Wow, this week just flew on by, it´s crazy! I can´t believe that I´m half way through this transfer, either.

Well, this week was a good week. We started off the week alright, with a family home evening with a part member family, which went alright. This family is an inactive mom, who has a daughter that we´re teaching, and this daughter has a kid. Well, we challenged the daughter, and she has a baptismal date for this next weekend, April 30th. We´re really hoping that this baptism goes through. We haven´t had a baptism in this area in four weeks, so we really, really need one right now. Also on Monday we played futsal(street soccer) as a zone, and that was fun( I scored three goals!!!!). Then we just chilled until our FHE, so it was a good relaxing day. Tuesday didn´t go entirely good. All of our citas fell through, so we spent most of the day knocking on doors. And we found some awesome new investigators! The only problem is, is that they told us that they don´t have a ton of time to listen to us( I know you´re thinking that they´re giving us excuses not to listen, but I can tell the difference, and they were sincere.), which totally blows, because they would have been awesome. So, we´re planning to pass by sometime to see if they´re there. Wednesday was a looooong day. We got up at 5:30, because we had Zone Conference! It was a great conference, and we talked a lot about how our desires can shape our destinies, and how what visions we have can determine our lives. And then they decided to show us how a desire can change everything by showing us a good chunk of that new movie about the guy in Utah who got his arm stuck under a rock, and after five days, he cut his arm off because he had a vision of him having a son someday. Yeah, it was cool. It´s definately on the mental list I have of movies to watch when I get home. It was a super cool conference. One other thing that they taught us was to focus in sharing about the Gospel from the first lesson, and boy has it worked! It´s awesome. I´ve definately changed the way that I teach now, and we´re getting more results from it. Thursday was a normal day, but something cool did happen. We were teaching one of our investigators, Dennis, and he decided he wanted to read the entire Book of Mormon before he gets baptized. He told us this three weeks ago. Well, he´s in Alma now, and he asked us about Alma 5:38-41, which talks about being a part of different folds, whether the Savior´s or Satan´s. He thought that they were judging people right away, but I studied it, and read him Matthew 6:24, which talks about how you can´t serve two masters. Man, you should have seen his face! It was awesome. We hope that he finishes soon, so that we can finally baptize him. Then for the rest of that day and the next day, I was on exchanges with my district leader, Elder Cespedes. It was a super cool experience, and we worked a lot! We ended up getting seven new investigators and challenging a bunch to baptism. Saturday, my companion and I were out working all day long(like we should) and boy was it HOT! We were sweating all day long.But we still ended up teaching a bunch.....and we have a baptism for this Saturday! His name is Oscar Sierralta. He´s 14, and he´s been coming to church with this grandma and aunt and uncle for a while, and he wants to get baptized! So, this week we´re going to focus on him, and he´ll be ready by Thursday! I´m super excited! Well, Sunday kinda sucked. We had one investigator in church, and we had to drop an investigator. It´s super sad when we have to do that, but sometimes it´s necessary.

Dad- Hope you had an awesome birthday! Mom sent me a picture of you at Texas Roadhouse, and you look like you had a great one! Have a good week. And good luck on the job search!

Mom- hey, I´m reading the Bible right now for the first time, and I´m almost finished with Exodus! I´m glad you like your yoga program that much!

Aly- Have a good week in school, and good luck on the big girl job search!

Emi- That totally sucks about your knee. And about your date.....I can´t believe you´re old enough for that. I guess you still seem super young to me....Well, have a good week!

Until next week!


Elder Craig

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