Jacob is serving in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission from July 2014 to July 2016
Monday, December 15, 2014
Well this week was a crazy one for sure! It was also an extremely hot one, like always!! My comp and I contacted a whole bunch this week, and explored a bunch of areas we have never been to. But we didn't have a whole bunch of lessons, and we were kind of frustrated that no one was excepting us. But my comp told me not to lose my faith, because without faith we are not going to find anyone at all! So then we were walking and we passed by this one kid, and he said "Hi elders." We asked him how he knew us. He said the missionaries talked to his family a while ago. So last night we went by this house. They were all so accepting and loving. The lady said that her son was visiting today, and he normally isn't there, and he is a member. So we talked with her son, and he is actually a returned missionary. His family has always been interested in the church, but they moved and lost contact with the church and the missionaries in the area! So when we found them they were so excited. She has been reading the Book of Mormon, and their whole family is so excited. It was just such a blessing to find them!!
But things with my comp are great, we get along so well. He has so much time in the mission, and because of that I am learning so much from him. Things like how to intruduce certain commandments, and how to motivate people to go to church! He is super chill and funny!!
Bryson sent me as picture of what happened to the garage. And dad in the Captain America costume. Haha kinda funny I think!! But I'm so happy to hear you guys are doing so well, I pray every night that you guys will recieve blessings, and I love you guys a whole bunch!!
So this has been an absolutely crazy and great week! My trainer got transferred this last week, and I got a new companion! He is from argentina and he is super dope!! He has like 21 months in the mission, and I have learned so much from him! The very first day I was scared because I had to be the lead in my area, and show him where all the people live. But all of the appointments fell through, and I didn't know where to go. So we were kinda walking and I felt an impression to go to this one investigators house. (It was this one guy who hasn't been progressing at all) but we went there anyways. And of course, he wasn't there.... but my comp said let's just contact the house next door. So, we knocked, and we found this one guy and he said that his brother is a returned missionary but he has never attended. So we set up a day to come back. When we went back his whole family was there, and he invited all of them to listen to us. He told us that his brother has the kind of life that he wants, that he has something special. We then taught him a little, and he said he really wants to pray and he feels something different when we are at his house! It's just super great, and we found him by the spriit!!
Everything is going good here, it's still really hot, but I think I am getting a little more used to it! Hahaha I played with a monkey at this one persons house! We also found another great family this week, and they attended church and we are way excited to keep teaching them! but everything is going good here. Thank you so much for your prayers and support, I know that I am recieving support from a greater power than my own! I'm glad to hear you guys are doing so good! love you guys lots!
This week has been a great one for sure! We had the great oppurtunity to baptize our contact who is really old, that I was telling you about. He asked me if I would baptize him. So it was a really great experience. But it was a path full of miracles to get him there... On Wednesday we had his interview, with our district leader. The problem was that our district leader had lost his phone. So Wednesday morning he called us and said to meet at the church in his area at 4:30. At about four we went to the house of Lorenzo to get him for his interview, but he wasn't there. His wife said that he said he had an interview and left... That was a problem because, it was at a different church, and we knew that he didnt know where it was, so we couldn't find him anywhere. We didn't know what to do, and we were just waiting around. So we said a prayer and continued looking for him. Then this one kid who lives by him came up to us, and we asked him if he had seen Lorenzo. He siad no, but he knows he's going to come here... We were kind of surprised, because how could he know if he didn't talk to him. But we decided just to wait a little. Then like 10 seconds later he came around the corner. We asked where he was, and he said that he was looking for us.. But now it was after 4:30 and we couldn't call the other missionaries to tell them we were going to be late.. but we still left for the church and we got there at like 5:40. No one was there... and we had no way to contact them. So we waited for a little and still nothing. So we decided to go back home, but I forgot my wallet and had no money to get home. So then we had an idea to take a taxi straight home and pay when we got there. But every single taxi told us they wouldn't take us to our area. Then some people passed by and said "Hi elders, what are you doing?" and we said "Waiting for Elder Peña." They said "Good luck." and drove off. Then we waited for another 20 minutes, and still nothing. Then a car pulled up, and out came Elder Pena and Elder Peck. They told us that the people who saw us told them we were waiting there. So we were able to have the interview, and every thing went good. And Lorenzo was finally baptized! Everything is going good here. Transfers are this week, and it's crazy to think that I finish my training, and I have over four months!! love you!!