Family and Friends, Those who are back in the States, and who ever else likes to read long letters from missioneries (wow, I can´t spell that word),
Shout Out: Isabel Garcia. I forgot that we baptised her 2 weeks ago. She is absolutely amazing and I am so glad she was baptised. She is the last person in her family to be baptised and I hope to see them in the temple next year. Go NARANJITO!
Miracle 1. We are trying to get a family married, so that they can be baptised. They are old, and both of them are in their 70´s (but people age different here so they act like they are 90). Anita Troya wants to be baptised really bad and has been going to church since our first meeting (she walks herself there).
As such my companion and I have been in Milagro the past few days trying to get all the paperwork done for them. We almost had it done when the power went out one day... the next day we returned only to have the mean bald guy tell us that we could not access their information because we were not THEM. (Ecuador does not have privacy laws...)
We had been praying all day for a miracle... and we had one.
My companion turned to me and said,"They can´t be baptised, we will never get them to Milagro to get their paperwork."
I said, "Lets go talk to the boss."
We did. He is a kind gentleman of about 70 years with greying hair. We had met him the day before in a plesent meeting. We walked into his office and we said,
US "Hey, we are the missionaries who you spoke with yesterday.
HIM "I remember."
US "We are trying to get a family married and they live in Naranjito and they are really really old. We need their Datos de Affiliacion."
HIM "You can get those in Naranjito I believe."
US "No, they sent us here."
HIM "Then what is the problem."
US "That bald guy that works for you said that they had to come in and get the information for their proper selves."
HIM "Hmm... is that so."
HIM "Here is my signature. He should not be a problem for you."
We thanked him and left. We went to go talk to the bald guy.
Bald Guy "Sorry. I will not give you the information."
US "Ok, but whose signature is this?"
Bald Guy "(Pause)...do you have 2 dollars?"
Familia Gomez-Troya will be married tomorrow or Wednesday and Anita will be baptised with Maria January 2nd.
We had another family tell us that they want to be baptised but they are not married. They told us that they don´t want to be married and that there was nothing more we could do for them. We dropped them as investigatores.
They were at church.
After church he called us over (he has 60+ years) and asked "So what papers do I need to be married and can my children be at the City Building for the marriage?"
We are working on their papers now. They will be baptised in January.
I love you all and I am hoping that you all will have the most wonderful time of year. I promised last week that I would send pictures this week... but the computer is not accepting my camera right now... next week.
Family, I mailed a letter home for you and someone else. Please take care of the letters.
LOVE YOU ALL LOTS. THOSE IN UTAH, INDIANA, OTHER COUNTRIES, RECENTLY BACK FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SCHOOL, HOME... WHEREVER!
Os amo mucho,
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