Monday, July 8, 2013

June 24, 2013

the pictures are first: our room, second: the office, and third: the primary room

these are of the church´s outside, and the sacrament meeting room

4 kids from a branch activity

A birthday party that we went to, and talked to some members and friends.

Hello Everyone,
This week has been good, my companion and I had our first baptism here in Yuscaran! This Saturday we went back up into the woods for another baptismal service in our favorite little pool that we dammed up on Friday in this little stream. I got to do the baptism, the water was pretty frigid, but it was a good experience. The lady is 24 years old and we´ve been teaching her for only about a month. She felt the spirit when we watched the Joseph Smith video together, but didn´t tell us until the next visit that she had been touched so much by the video. She progressed a ton, and stopped drinking coffee and made a lot of other sacrifices to join the church. She said that she had always been searching for a church that would help her to change to become a different, new person. She didn´t want to go to a church just to go, but to change. it´s been neat to see the changes that she´s been willing to make.
Things have been well in our little branch here. It´s been growing too. Before we only had like 25 people each week come to church. But last week we had 32 people, and yesterday we hit our new record, 39!! We´ve had a lot of investigators coming too, which has been great! I gave another talk this week in Sacrament Meeting that went well. In the branch we´ve been trying to reorganize a lot of the leadership in the church to help the members become more responsible and have opportunities to serve as leaders. So we called a new Relief Society Presidency and have been working with them to help them go out and do visits, and we are trying to work with the few priesthood holders that we have in the branch to form a better Elders Quorum Presidency.
We have a few investigators right now that seem positive. We have one couple that we are teaching, and we went Saturday morning to help this investigator clear out this field to plant beans there. That was a service project that I hadn´t ever done before.. We´re also teaching a Jehovah´s Witness member. That´s been a little interesting. But she said that it´s possible that Joseph Smith could have been called by God to be a prophet, but she wants to learn more. She came to church yesterday, so that´s a good sign.
One morning I decided to build a little obstacle course in the little church patio that we have out of blocks and rocks so that I could do some parkour jumps, precisions, and exercises. That was pretty fun. 
I think that we´re going to start teaching English classes this week, because so many investigators and members have requested it recently. We´ll see how that goes...
Well, that´s all that I can think of for the stuff that´s happened this week. Things are going well, and I´m always learning more and strengthening my testimony of the gospel. I know that this church is true and that it gives us happiness and helps us to become converted to Jesus Christ. We can only change through Him and His Atonement. There is only 1 path in this life that we should follow to gain the Eternal Life, and that path is through Him.
Elder Ward

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