Wednesday, February 10, 2016

January 4th and 11th Letters

We'll start with the January 4th letter.  He also sent a couple pictures of the zone.  I commented that most of his zone is elders and he replied that most of the sisters are up near the temple and they are at the bottom of the mission.

Now the letter in which his father mentioned that he had gotten a weather station for Christmas

Sounds like you got a fun little toy for Christmas, and sounds like everybody had a pretty  eventful week. I am glad you are enjoying your new calling. We had another great week this week. We set 2 more baptismal dates this week!
One was with a lady named Lilly. She is in her 60s and has been having a lot of family issues as of late. We taught her the restoration, and she said that she is just like Joseph Smith and is looking for the truth. So she accepted a date for the 31st of January. Her 2 Grandkids are 13 and 9 and so she wants us to start teaching them too! Her husband is also really cool, and interested, he just left the lesson before we got to extending a baptismal invitation. But he was asking a lot of really good questions, and also wants to learn, and actually said he knows we can teach him the truth.
The other date was with a kid named Kris. He is a senior in high school, and we found him on a list of potential investigators. We stopped by and taught him the Restoration and set a date for the 14th of February. It was a good lesson, but he didn't really open up much, I am not exactly sure how interested he is. But that was good.
We also started teaching another kid in High School named Edwin. He is a super cool kid. His family is Catholic, but he claims to be an atheist. He said that church couldn't answer his questions and science could, so he decided that God isn't real. But he is a super sincere guy who just wants to know what is true. We have had a couple good lessons with him this week.
Our investigator Steve came on a church tour with us this week. He is the one that struggles with Word of Wisdom. He has been being taught since September, and has never come to church. But while we were teaching him, the member we brought with us invited him to come on a tour of the church. So when we took him on a tour he absolutely loved it! He said that he thought it was going to feel really awkward, but as soon as he stepped in, he felt like he was exactly where he was suppose to be. So he came to church for the first time and loved it! Afterwords he said he thinks that he just found himself a church! So this week has been full of tons of miracles it has been super cool!! I love you and hope you have a great week!
Elder Burnside

 Now the January 11th letter, starting with a picture of the elders taking a break in the rain.  I have setup a google map that shows his areas and wards, but he couldn't view it:(

Sadly it doesn't let me look at your map, because you need to be signed in, but the myldsmail account blocks me from viewing it. But it sounds pretty cool haha. Glad you guys had a good week. It is a little warmer here, like by 50 degrees but it has been raining a ton. We have gotten pretty drenched biking around, but I got to finally use my raincoat and it works pretty well. And our week was really good again, we are seeing miracles, and being blessed by the Lord so much!
This week we set 4 more baptismal dates for the 31st of January! It was with Alberto, Jeffry, Jacob, and Benjamin Garvis. We went over to teach them but Lilly was gone. So we summarized the Book of Mormon and read the intro with them. And they committed to be baptized! They have been reading a ton too! They love it! Lilly Jeffry and Benjamin all came to church and enjoyed the little bit they got to stay for. But Alberto fell and got hurt before church so Jacob had to stay home with him, and eventually they all had to leave to take him to the hospital. Luckily he is doing better now. But we are just so excited for them!
We also have been working a ton with Steve this week. We made a plan with him to stop smoking and shared it with him. He liked it and we tried to get him to quit cold turkey, he gave his pack away. But then the next day he had a new pack and had smoked 3 cigarettes. We went on a VC tour with him that day and he really enjoyed it. There was someone at the VC that really connected with him and shared his personal struggles with addiction and how he overcame it. He also came to church and really enjoyed that.
We taught Salamasina the commandments, and she is all set up to be baptized next Sunday! She is having her interview on Tuesday, so we are excited for that! I will send pictures of it next week.
There is another part member family here that we started working with. The guy Ruel is cool and really wants to be baptized. We are unsure if he is able to because of their living situation though. So somebody from the mission presidency will come down and interview him next Sunday. So our week was great we are working with a lot of people, and most of them actually came to church too! I love you and will talk to you later!!
Elder Burnside

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