Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hello everyone!!! You know what time it is?!?! MAIL TIME with your favorite missionary!! WOO!! It just gets me pumped up!
Cool, well this week has been really good! It has been a really hard challenge to get in a talking with people with the juggling act of work in the orchards and the World Cup...BUT that's not in any way going to stop us!!

But with the start of the week came one of the craziest times over here...World Cup! It might be because I'm hanging out with Hispanics all day, but being on a mission has really gotten me hooked on Football (Soccer for Gringos). It's a really fun sport to watch and talk about with many of the people here, especially with Guadalupe...who was just red carded on his team...this game is a life for many here, pretty funny and cool. But I'm still trying to get into the game knowledge-wise with my Brazilian Comp, Elder Ribeiro. BTW...might have to be rooting for Brazil for this one...XD

I think that I brought this one up a little last week, but we really had an awesome miracle with Jose3 Digonte and finding him back here in Mattawa. But it has been SO hard to get in a talking with him. We are able to see him just about every day, and he's excited and asking us to go to his house...but he's always doing something, so it makes it a little harder. We're supper close to finding the perfect time where we're both in the same place for more than a minute, so I'm really excited for that!

On a super excited note, Our good friend Vicente is moving forward and on date to be baptized this upcoming week! It has been so amazing to see all the changes that he has been able to do as he has been learning and applying the Gospel into his life. But with his amazing soaring progression, comes more challenges.
They came in the form of many things, things that hold back a lot of progression as he works to meet his baptismal date. It's kind of funny how that works. Vicente has taken this Gospel and found it to be true. He reads and diligently prays. He hasent missed one day of Church from the day we invited him to come. And he hasent touched a bottle of alcohol since the day he came to church 10 or so months ago. The moment that he accepts his date and prays for it, things start to get a little harder for him to do.
One of the biggest blessings that I have found is just how real the Gospel is. We can say that there is indeed adversary working every moment to frustrate the works of good and God. But with that...or greater than that is the surest knowledge that we have the power of God on our side as we strive to fulfill His will in our lives and in the lives we share with.
One of my favorite quotations:
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
It's so amazing to see the things that Vicente has been able to accomplish. And we look forward with great joy as we help him come to the waters of Baptism, to fallow our Lord's example, and to put into his life, the fullness of the everlasting Gospel.

So further in the week was just as awesome! We got to do another exchange with the Royal City Elders, and I got to go again down into the Royal. This time it happened to be with one of the Elders I served with from Kennewick, Elder Wadsworth! So we really had a blast! We spent a lot of the time doing service, one in a yard, and the other clearing out a garage full of just about everything (one of which was really good RC airplane equipment) for a guitar playing, forth-degree black belt, singing, hobbying, collecting guy making room for a workout room and fighting dogo. ...hmmm it kinda jogged some memories...XD
But we spent a lot of time working with another with his yard. I absolutely have come to really love doing yard work! Although my nose might think another thing.

At the end of the week, we went to Othello to enjoy and be edified through another Zone Meeting! These are always the best! And just to add to it, my trainer was there! The one who went AP just a week before!!! Holy cow it was really awesome to see that guy...Elder!!
The meeting was really good. It really focused on the ability to rely fully on the Spirit to help those we teach and share this Gospel to see the end commitment, such as baptism. And one of the scriptures that I loved: Moroni 8:16--"Perfect love casteth out all fear." So it was really good!

One a final note, Happy Fathers Day! It's really weird to be out and away when all these awesome days come, but it makes me all the more grateful for them. I am very grateful for the amazing banjo playing, kung fuing, singing, pantomiming, guitar playing, drawing/painting, rock staring, and Priesthood bearing example that my father is!

Things are really going well! I am really grateful for the opportunity that I have here each day! I love you all and hope that your Fathers day is just as great!

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