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

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hard work + Play makes Elder Craig a good missionary!

Hello, hello, hola!

Well, I hope you all back home had a grrrrrrrrreat week! This was a good week for us here with some really awesome/cool/weird experiences.

Ok, so we have this investigator here in Punata named Mario. He's a funny old man who hates the Catholic church (apologies for any Catholics reading's him, not me.), but really wants to join the church  because he likes it a lot, and is really starting to read the Book of Mormon and gain a testimony of it. Well, we went on Friday to go visit him and he told us that he had a potential problem for going to church on Sunday. He, in a work accident, cut his toe open, and, well, his foot got infected, and the doctors were telling him that he would have to be checked into the hospital to possibly cut at least his toenail off. Well, we offered to give him a blessing. He accepted and I got to bless him. The next day we were passing by a shop and saw him there and my companion and I said hi and asked how he was. He said that he had gone to the doctor the night before and the doctor had told him the his foot was well enough to not have to check him into the hospital or have to do a operation. 

Next, my companion and I were trying to decide what to do one day( because we had our appointment, and the two backup plans all fall through.), so my companion was like, "Let's go see Waldo!"(An inactive member). So, I was like ok, so we went(accompanied by a member) and we didn't find Waldo, but we find his mom. We ended up talking to his mom for an hour explaining how the Gospel could help her in her life. Well, this lady is practically dying. In the past 8 months, she has lost around 20 kilos in weight(and she isn't obese). So, we also offered to give her a blessing and we taught her the message of the Restauration. She accepted the blessing and then afterwards said that she felt like she needed to be baptized in the Church, because her husband and oldest son are members. But, she wants to wait for her husband to return from Argentina before baptizing. So, we're going to see where that goes.

Finally, yesterday, we were in a member's home to teach a lesson when the craziest thing happened. The hermana whose home we were in, started teaching this investigator all about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, and a few other things ALL IN QUECHUA. My companion and I were completely lost during the whole thing. I understood a few words here and there, but most of the time we were just lost. It had to be the funnies thing that happened to us this week.

Dad- Hope you have a great week! Good luck with the job search.

Mom- Thanks for the pics! I can't believe how grown-up Emi looks....I feel old.

Aly. Well, Enjoy the quiet time in the office, because Spring Break always (sadly) comes to an end. Have a good week!

Emi- Hope you had an AMAZING birthday! I like the pics of your concert too. You look like a waiter in your tux. ;P

That's all for now!


Elder Craig

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