Well this last week was cool. Yesterday was Holy Sunday and since almost everyone here is Catholic they celebrated with big parties. Its a festival to honor the Saviors triumphant entry in Jerusalem so they all walked around all day with these palm leafs and flowers. I feel grateful to be in a place where everyone believes strongly in God and Jesus Christ. Especially since Easter is coming around and Pascual. So right now its Summer in Ecuador which means never ending rain in the nights and really hot and sunny during the day. The weather here is a little weird. I am still in area 25 de Julio, Staca Pradera.
Life as a missionary is pretty cool. I dont know how to describe it but everyone you pass in the street, member or not, knows who you are. They know we are Mormons. And that we are here to preach about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everyday we talk with countless people, knock a lot of doors and contact a lot of references to find the people that are prepared for us because our time is short. No estamos aqui para sembrar o cultivar, solo para cosechar. Were not here as missionaries to plant the seeds, we are re here to harvest the people that are already ready to make covenants with our Heavenly Father through baptism and the saving ordinances of the temple.
A lot of the time in between contacting and tracting we are always singing hymns or planning lessons we are going to teach our investigators. We strive to consecrate every single moment in this glorious work. So that we can be instruments in the hands of the Lord like Ammon and the sons of Mosiah. Its funny because in the missionary handbook it says we should ´´walk quickly and with determination.´´ Sometimes the people think were the CIA and other times they say something funny because we are always walking really fast.
We are teaching some other families right now, and have a baptism for this Saturday. Weve lost some people and weve gained a lot of new people. We get rejected by people everyday but this is a part of missionary life! And we never let it get to us because we will not be held accountable for them. God blesses us everyday in this work!
´´Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord, yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.´´
One of my favorite scriptures. As missionaries we strive everyday for this. I need a favor from every one of you. If you could really pray everyday for all the missionaries serving in the world. That we can be protected from danger and illness. That we can find the people the Lord has prepared for us. And that we can be instruments in the Lords hands in bringing others to salvation. It would mean a lot to me.
Yes I got the package! I love all of it, the candy, socks, and the ties! My companion loved his tie as well. And the members and our investigators love the little photo booklet of my life growing up. Most of them dont believe these photos are of me haha.