Monday, April 11, 2011

Almeria 04/11/11

Elder Hamilton left and so did Elder Beck. So now it's just me and Elder Lignel. We´re getting along fine. This week, we cleaned the house!! It's all good.

Almeria Zone at training and conference

We had a good week. I gotta tip my hat to the saints of Almeria. David Moraza, the High Priest´s group leader, (I think that's his calling) gave a great lesson last Sunday. He used Jacob 5, and talked about the laborers in the vineyard. He said that we all have the tools, but how are we using these tools? Are we using our pruning hooks to clip our nails or to do work?
The Ward had 99% home teaching again this month, but David was advocating improving the quality of the visits. He shared a great example, 5 free men can do the same work as 50 slaves because the free men actually care about their work. As Saints of the church, we get to care and enjoy the fruits of our work.

I´ve seen so many acts of faith from the members here that it blows me away. For example, a member approached us one day at church and told us she wanted us to go with her to the hospital to visit a man who was badly injured. Since this man didn't have any family, she thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for us to fellowship him. An other example, a recent convert named Jose Miguel has spent a lot of his time doing over 210 names of geneology work! He´s also doing contacts in the street and passing out Book of Mormons to people he knew years ago. I´ve really been moved by the people here. They are always looking out for mission oppurtunities. They understand the gospel. They always go out of their way to help our investigators. It's awesome!!!!

Victor will not be baptise soon because he has some health isue that he didn't talk to us about. We finally met his mom and she strongly forbids him to be baptized. Victor takes anti-depression medication and his mom believes his medication affects his decision making abilities. So we´re holding off on him. And as for Ruslan, he is moving to Granada.

We chanllenged Patricia, an ohter investigator to be baptise but she isn´t ready for it by next week, so we´ll work with her some more. We taught the first lesson to a Bolivian man named Geraldo, and he likes it. He´s never been baptized, and he accepted a fecha for May 1st. Lola, accepted a fecha for May 1rst as well. Some of her children are showing interest in the gospel. We´ve been visiting her with the help of an ecuadorian member, named pablo. He's a RM from the Madrid Mission. He´s 31, but he´s still got the spirit!! We´ve adjusted how to teach with him, and now we teach well together :)

The Romanian family finally understand who we are and what we´re doing in their home. They have no interest in changing religions so we dropped them, but it was alright. They still love us.

I appreciate your letters. Thank you for your love & support.

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