My letter is going to be a little shorter this time…. I wrote a sermon to Jacob. Well, more like I shared a story with him. It’s that one from the beginning of my mission that I shared with you a while after. I’m really greatful for the experiences I’ve had on the mission. Let’s hope it helps.
So this week we had an awesome experience! The Asistents called one night. THey told me that someone from my last area wanted me to baptize them! That made my whole world. Mariana and her mother, Christina, got baptized. They were doing awesome and they loved this gospel. It was awesome to see the fruits of my labors.I’ll send pictures next week. My camera isn’t with me….
So remember Erik Elias that I was talking about? I guess I never understood the caliber of what he was going through. He’s 30 years old. Good looking. He’s a high class chef that works at a major tourist desitnation (It’s called Antigua, you can look it up). A very worldy profession that exposes one to all of the vices of life.
Well, needless to say, he had all of the vices of this life. He told me and Elder Black (my other companion) his story this week. I’m not going to get into details. I’ll just say he’s been around the block a few times, and he’s really put in a huge effort to change.
A few weeks back he told us that he is planning on getting baptized in December. In that time, he’s left behind all of his vices with out us even knowing. He left them before we even taught him about the respective commandments. He’s had to change his circle of friends, his job hours (so that he can come to church), and lots of other things in his life. But man, he’s changed.
At first, he didn’t even want to receive the missionaries. We commited him to come to church and he said yes, but later told us he had no intention of going. He told himself that if God wakes him up in the morning and he isn’t tired then he would go. Well, he got home from being with some friends at like 3 in the morning. Went to bed. At 6:30 he was wide and wasn’t even tired. He told himself ”alright, I’ll get ready and go to church.” He got to church 15 minutes early. At this time, nobody at all is in the church building. He told himself, fully knowing that he had already received his answer from God, that if nobody talked to him then he was going back home. He saw us walking down the street the other way (to get other investigators), and thought ”awesome, nobody will talk to me, I’ll go home pretty soon.” He walked in, sat down, got back up and started to walk out. Well, I don’t know if you guys understand, but here people arrive late to things. Church starts 10 minutes late. When we start we have like 20 or 30 people in the building compared to the 140 that we end with. So at 15 minutes early, there is never anyone in the sacrament room. Hector, a returned missionary of a week, saw him and stopped him and talked to him. So he ended up staying!! And he loved it too.
Anyway, he’s 100% golden. It’s awesome teaching him.
I love being here. The work is great. My companions are awesome too. I’m learning so much. I love this Gospel. I can’t wait to live it for my whole life. I love you too mom. Take care.