Family and Friends,
Shout Out: ... oops... maybe I should work on charity amor this week, I don´t have someone to be deeply apreciative of...
My Week: So, week one ended. We had 11 people at church, we worked hard, Elder Bradshaw and I are getting along great, and I am still in Naranjito (actually, I am in Milagro today.)
Elder Bradshaw is my new companion. He is cool but he is Gringo. In the field he is my first companion that is gringo and I hope the last. I love him to death.... but how can I learn spanish if neither of us speak it fluently? Oh well. Life goes on. The best way to discribe his personality: Collin Jenson on steroids, but I find that things like that don´t bother me anymore.
We had tons of lessons this week. We have three people that have a date set for baptism and 3 other people that have a 80% chance of being baptised this month.
One of our baptisms will be Sara Heredia. She is 60 and has a terrible disease that has attacked her bones and so she has funny lumps all over her arms and legs. She is always in TONS of pain but always has a smile on her face. We planned a special lesson for her, so that she would accept a baptismal date. During the lesson we didn´t follow our plans, we went straight into asking her the baptimal questions, ex: Do you belive in God the Father and in his Son Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the World... things like that. She answered positively to ALL of them. But, she does not want to be baptised until this disease has passed. She has had it for 6 years and is still having tests. She can´t walk, she can´t raise her hands above her head, she... just... can´t.
Well, we were sitting there looking at her. This was the first time that my companion had met her... so I was doing all of the talking. I turned to her and was very blunt, "Hermana, sabe que durante este vida (ok, I will let you all in) Sister, you know that during this life you may never have full use of your body again. We have explained to you that all of your sorrows and fears, pains and infermeties will leave during the next life. You will have a new body, you will be clean again, but not here and not now. All we can do at this time is prepare. That is why baptism was prepared for all of us. Sara Heredia, will you follow the example of your Savior and be baptised in preparation for the next life?" She accepted. We told her that we would come Sunday at 8:30 to pick her up for church in a car.
Sunday: We arrived at her house at 8:00. I wanted to be early so that we could help her prepare.
Sara Heredia was on her porch, dressed for church, sitting in her chair with her cain. Waiting for us. We put the car as close to the house as we could and only could watch as she painfully moved herself off her chair, and took every painstaking step to the car. We can´t help her because we can´t touch her arms, they are too fragile. She wimpered with every step and I didn´t really know what to think, so I stopped thinking, I just watched as she used ALL of her faith to make it the 10 feet to the car. It took her 5 minutes. We drove to the church, brought a chair our, put her in the chair and then carried her around.
I am looking forward to her Baptism. No one has ANY excuses not to go to church if Hna Heredia can go to church. We are planning her baptism and I am thinking that we will need 3-4 brothers in the water to help out. It is the amazing people like this that really make the mission great.
1. American Hate
2. Rain!!! Lots of Rain!!!
4. Dog with brain? Don´t ask, just don´t look at all the dogs...
Lots of love for you ALL!
Spencer- Where did everyone go on their missions? Like Adam Luis, your friends, Dave,... where where where?
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