Well Ladies and Gents, in 8 days I complete 6 months here in the mission and all I can say is that in such a short time I have never learned nor grown more! I love being here in Ecuador and being able to help so many wonderful people! It has gone by so fast which is kind of scary because there is so much that I want to change and perfect in my life but the time is so short.
Today was a great P-Day because.... WE GOT TO PLAY SOCCER!!!!! I love playing soccer but to be honest these Latinos are good soccer players!! haha Not to mention that the altitude and the sun just kills you! I'm not looking forward to tomorrow and being sore :P This past week was a good week for My companion and I. We really focused on getting our lesson count up and ended up doing it. We had 6 people committed to coming to church but only 2 showed up so that was kind of a bummer. The good news is that we have 2 baptisms on saturday! I am really excited for these baptisms because these two young men, Joel (17) and Brandon his cousin (15) want it so badly. They also really want to serve missions. Its really nice to know that we will not only be baptizing to new members of the church but two young men who are going to help so many people!
This change my companion and I are going to focus on the members we have here in the ward. We usually just call them so they can visit people with us but they need help too. If we can strengthen the members we have, then we wont have to work as much with less actives. I have realized the extreme importance of the members in the ward and how much they can help with the recent converts. Our wards are our families and if we do not build up the entire family how are we all going to achieve the potential we all have in life? The church is not only to learn and partake of the Sacrament but also to become closer to those around us and help them become better and closer to Heavenly Father.
It's kind of funny because everyone asks to see pictures of my family and when they see them, they are amazed that we are all gringos (White) and how big of a family I have. Not to mention the boys fall in love with my sisters haha. I love my family and all of you that have given me your support. I know that through diligence and hard work we can become the people of Zion we were all meant to be and we can build up and strengthen the kingdom of God! I hope you all have a great week!
Con mucho amor,