Well, on Friday I had my 2 year anniversary of being a missionary. It has been the best time of my life. I´ve learned a whole lot and gotten a whole lot happier. This last week was a good one. Luisa is on track to be baptized this Saturday, so I´ll be sending that picture. We had a great Sunday as well. We were looking for new investigators in the cold all week and had not reached our goal, but when we went to our last plan on Sunday we found a new family to teach! It was a miracle. Well I don´t want to talk a lot about finishing the mission because I will just be sad. But the work here is going well, and will continue when I leave. I know that this is the work of God. This is His Church. The Book of Mormon is true. I will always know that.
I´m going to start with the funny things! The other day we didn´t have lunch with a member scheduled and the other elders called us and invited us over to eat. They had bought some oven bags and were super excited to try them out. They threw in a bunch of vegetables, sauce and steak inside and put them in the oven. The mastermind was Elder Starr, an elder in our district. He is always cooking and is good at it too so I was excited. We started to eat and there was a weird flavor. I thought it was the sauce or the spices but once I had eaten almost all of it Elder Starr said that the meat wasn´t cooked and we hadn´t been able to tell because it was all covered in sauce like a stew. That was an awkward moment, haha! But nobody got sick so we´re all good.
We were pretty much laughing the whole week because it was rainy and we were slipping around in the boonies where a lot of our investigators are. It´s all mud there. I almost ate it about a hundred times but luckily I never fell, haha! One of our muddy lessons was with Luisa. She´s Eric´s aunt. We met her about a month and a half ago and she actually gave us the referral of Eric. We could never find her again until last Sunday when popped up out of nowhere at church. We taught her this week and she said that she wants to be baptized and have more peace in her life! She went to church again yesterday and loved it. I love seeing when people have a change of heart like that. On Saturday we invited her to ask God if she should be baptized on July 22nd, and she offered the closing prayer. Before saying Amen she paused and waited in silence for a minute or two and waited for her answer. She said Amen and told us that she had received her answer! It was a powerful moment. Elder Deem was really excited. I´m happy that he´s having these experiences at the beginning of his mission, because now he´ll always have the faith to invite people to be baptized. Have a great week, I love you all!
We met a guy this week that lived in the U.S. for 15 years and speaks pretty good English. It was weird! Elder Deem was in seventh heaven because someone finally talked to him in English haha! It was fun.
We had a super FHE with the ward this week! We played a game called "Do you like your neighbors?". It was a riot. The members loved it. It´s in the same category as musical chairs, so there´s always someone wrestling for a chair. Lots of fun! Two future missionaries from the ward gave the lesson and they did a great job. I was imagining them with name tags on in the field and I felt a good feeling. I love to see the members having fun together. Every ward needs to be united and activities are a great way to help them become friends.
Thanks to the fun Home Evening a ton of people went to church! Elder Deem and I had a super funny morning yesterday. Villa Constitución is right next to the Parana River, and everyone eats fish here. I´ve been given fish many times as a gift. The last time my companion cooked it in the apartment and for a month the whole place smelled like fish. Well this week an investigator gave us a huge fish that was about as long as my arm and so we offered it to a needy family. They said to drop it off Sunday morning when we stopped by to walk them to church. When Sunday came around they didn´t wake up so we were stuck walking around with a huge fish getting followed by the 10,000 stray dogs in the city! But it paid off because we had a killer Sunday! 7 investigators made it to church. The Zanzo´s, the Urunde´s, a new couple named Marcela and Fernando, Eric´s aunt Luisa, and Mabel. What a miracle! Elder Deem and I were pretty much skipping around church we were so happy.
In the evening we taught Gustavo and Melanie. They already have received all the lessons now and are just waiting to be able to get married and Gustavo will be baptized. Towards the end of the lesson Gustavo said he had a question. He said that during the two months that we have been teaching them, he hasn´t been able to stop thinking about his grandma who passed away. He got teary eyed and asked us if it was a sign. We taught him about baptisms for the dead and family history. I´ve never felt the Spirit so strong while teaching about temples. I could imagine him, Melanie, and their 5 kids dressed in white in the temple. He loved it and committed to search for his grandma´s info and when he gets baptized take her name to the temple. It was a neat experience. I love it when we teach a principle and the Spirit takes it to the heart of the person. There is no better feeling. It´s something that I will miss so much. I hope that you attend the temple regularly. Have a great week, I love you!