Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 24, 2016

hey guys this week was a great week.  Hermano Silva got baptized!! we were so excited!! So we went to the church on saturday morning to clean a bit and fill the baptismal fount.  So we cleaned really good so that the spirit could be present and tried filling the fount but there was no water!! haha the problem about Ecuador is that they really struggle with water!! So we called the counceler and he came to check it out.  So in Ecuador they have these things called sisternas. a Sisterna is basically a giant tank of water that is outside of the house underground and the house or the church is this case takes water from the sisterna to wash hands and do all the things with water that it needs to do.  So we looked in the sisterna and nothing bone dry.  So we called and called and the counseler got some guy to fill it up with his giant tanker of water. so he came and filled it all the way up. so we tryed again and still nothing. turns out the pump had broke and so we had no way of getting the water to the fount!!! So we had basically had no idea what we shouldve done.  so we decided to fast that day. we ate lunch and after lunch we started our fast. we told God that we had done everything that was in our hands and that we still needed help.  We worked all day that day and went to the church at 6 to see if it had been repaired. Nope but we found something better!! We found our elders quorom president bucketing water all the way from the sisterna to the fount haha.  We used the giant garbage cans to fill with water and then roll them a good 30 yards inside the church to the faunt!! it took for ever.  pretty soon 7 oclock came strolling along and it wasnt even close to being completly full!! it was up to the 2nd step thats like 3 feet!! but we had to start.  So thats the story of why the hermano Medardo Silva was baptized sitting down.  he sat down in the water then his son in law baptized him from his knees.  but it was a great service there was about 30 people in attendence and his family sang families can be together for ever for him and i honestly wanted to cry... haha

Thanks Cammie i love you too!!! I also cried when i left but then i realized that its not good to cry while doing something so happy!!
hey i got transfered also i forgot to mention that.

Im in a town called Quevedo, my companion is Elder Acarapi from Bolivia!! also remember my companion Elder contreras.  well now he is a asistent its nuts.  Im still a zone leader in the zone Quevedo Norte!!

well i got to go i love you guys ill send pics of the baptism next week

October 17, 2016

hey i really dont have time to write today but i love you all and we are really excited for the baptism of hermano Medardo Silva!!! love you guys have a great week sorry i cant write

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 10, 2016

Dear Family i love you guys thanks for the letters and your prayers. The work is going great here!! Brother Silva is getting ready for his baptism. we decided that it would be better that he gets baptized the 22nd.  i was actually kinda scared to tell him because he is really ready for his baptism its just that the area presidency has said that for someone to be baptized they have to attend church 3 times for the 3 hours and right now he has 2 so we moved the date from the 15th to the 22nd.  But we told him and he was just fine with it. he said if thats what God wants for me right now thats just fine with me.  I love that guy!  the last time we visited him we had him make a list of all the people that he knew.  There was about 15 names and one was dead and he only knew where about 10 lived. we did that so that his buddies come to the baptism.  But we asked about the one that died and he said oh that is his best friend and his son.  I knew he had a son that died but i hadnt really asked about it very much (i know stupid right?) hah but we started talking and talking about the temple work and it made him even more excited!! wow i really love him.  right now he is our only legit investigador.  from there we dont have very much more. we are trying to find other ways to find.  I really dont like talking negative about anything here but the ward that we are assigned to is DEAD like really dead like they dont want to do anything so i was thinking and praying about it alot and i thought of a plan.  I noticed that they are disanimated (I think he means discouraged) because  they always get rejected. so they dont want to do it anymore.  its awful, like what they said in the general conference talk haha so we are thinking of more ideas to excite the ward.  if you guys have any ideas that you guys could tell me that i could do or tell the bishop that he could do it would be great!! thanks guys love you!!

ya i was pretty much was getting choked up about it when we were explaining it haha and i just want a picture of the old fire place because i told a dad in the ward how much fun we have those family nights when we roast marshmallows and he was excited about it cause its a really great idea. but i need a pic of the old one cause its a little more basic 

its a good idea ive almost exhausted the whole list i almost know everyone here haha but i get the pic next week cause i got to go but i need the old one cause there is no way in heck he is going to be able to make the new one only the super rich of the rich can make that kind of stuff here and he is a humble guy you know what i mean.

well i love you guys a ton and ill here from you next week tell Jared im proud of him and i also want his email.

October 3, 2016

He spent most of his emailing telling Dallin HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Also the Book of Mormon activity was good.  One investigador came her name is Genesis.  so that is good but i was hoping that other members would bring friends but they didnt.  Also yes my camera still sends pics but i have to do it monday and there is no places with wifi.

I got the package with the pants and beef jerky!! and cammies little letter.  i really love her.  it makes me miss her but i know that im here for a good reason.

well i got to go now but my companion is great!! he likes working hard and is smart. Im trying to teach him english but its tough to say the least! hahah choa i love you guys a lot!!1

September 26, 2016

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY!!!   Since we couldn't celebrate with Caleb, and his birthday happened to fall on a p-day, I asked family and friends to flood his email box with birthday wishes....

im tring to read all of the emails. thanks for telling them that is was my birthday!! 

I don't know what this says, but he and Rob do so here it is: 
gracias papa!! haha, si la gente tiene dinero pero no me voy a desanimar porque yo se que la gente con dinero son los futuros lideres!! y mi proposito es edificar el rieno de Dios aqui en Duran para que cuando Jesucristo venga en su gloria, encuentra una jardin buenisima!!
hey we have an investigador named Medardo Silva.  He as a baptismal date for the 15th of octubre but was a little unsure about it.  We invited him to fast on saturday and sunday so he did and in the sacrament meeting at the end we sang teach me to walk in the light and he said that just did it for him.  It was incredible, he said that that was his answer the way he felt in that hymn was something he had never felt before, he said he felt clean and pure inside.  he got a little teary eyed as he tried to explain what he felt.  I honestly think that was the best experience i have ever had on my entire mission.  He is very excited about his baptism now.  it was really been hard in his life.  before he was a drunk and his kids just kicked him out so he used to sleep in the street begging for money so he can drink more, but now has completely changed I really love that guy!!

also read my patriarchal blessing this week and wow i am a child of God.  those were the words of God i could not believe it!

I asked if he did anything fun on his birthday....he said,
i really just want to take a nap... haha

i have pics to show you but i will have to send them next week cause there is a fun walk that you can do

well i got to go next week i think im just going to send a big email instead of chat cause you are right i dont want it to be a distraction and yes i got the birthday package i love the cuad i use it a ton