This has been a sweet week. We started to teach someone from Spain, the first one yet. It was a really weird coincidence. We brought a member to teach him with us. This member knew him 20 years ago, but then the member was Catholic just like the investigator! It was kind of cool to see the interest level build a little bit, but he is by far one of the least humble people i have ever met hahha. We met a bunch of cool people , including one guy who lived in Spain, is less active. He is just like my friend group back home, except he is 43! hahaha He is gonna take us fly fishing here soon.
I got a call the other night and we are now in Elder Ramirez’s zone! This means we will be able to go on exchanges! I was so pumped.
Man this summer weather is awesome! We do service just about everyday since all the hispanics work during the day, and it has been really fun. We built a set of stairs out of railroad ties for this older hispanic lady. There is this funny brother in the ward who used to be the branch pres that kept saying these funny little phrases. He commented on how i was a carpenter in the pre-earthlife hahhahahahah
It has been fun my time here in Pocatello. I wouldn’t replace it with anything. I hope that everyone is doing alright, and just let me know if you need anything.
This was a really cool week! We got the call, and I will stay here (Pocatello) with Elder Gobilard in this awesome branch! The work is finally starting to progress to the point where we pretty much set up appointments every night. Man it is nice instead of a lot of tracting and knocking.
I had a cool experience the other day. One of our investigators gave us a referral about their neighbor who speaks Spanish. We went to their house. When they saw us they slammed the door shut. Then, we went to a birthday party with those investigators and their friends were there. I was super open with the investigators. Soon they stopped scolding us and started to talk and open up. Everything went really well, and I was able to gain his trust enough that he opened up and asked me a question about overcoming depression and trials. I shared *Ether 12:27. We then set up an appointment. We are teaching both them and their friends on Friday!
This week has been really good, however, it was super scary teaching Elder Gobilard how to drive. hahahah. Look up the roads (driving) in Bolivia and you will understand.
I hope that everyone will have a good week!
*Ether 27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
This week has been nonstop action. We went to Idaho Falls twice, once to go to a new missionary meeting for Elder Gobilard Diaz, and then the very next day to go and listen to Elder Christofferson. Wow, that was impressive. His knowledge of the scriptures on the spot is incredible. He did a Q&A thing and he just answered some really tough cool questions using the scriptures and it was very impressive. He started talking about one of the 70s that was also present, how he is a duel citizen in Mexico and USA. He then said how he was useful down in Mexico for the Church, and then said, “Even if Donald Trump builds a wall, he can still go down there and work for us.” haha I really wasn’t expecting that.
Elder Gobilard and I will keep the work going here in Pocatello, but who knows we could be getting transferred next week. We get the calls on Saturday to what mission we are going to be in and what area. I hope I stay in Pocatello. I love the work here and the people. I really miss Elder Ramirez though… dang it was fun for those 3 months.
Teaching Elder Gobilard English is pretty fun and is pretty slow. He is a lot better than he thinks he is, but he is not very confident at all. You all should pray for him so he will gain some confidence not only in English, but in missionary work in general.
Everyone please pray for the Chagoya and Silva families. They could use the extra help.
I love all of you and miss you tons.
This has been a really fast transfer, holy cow! I will be staying here (Pocatello) for at least another 2 weeks. Then there will be another transfer. President said this transfer is a small one, there will be a lot more changes in 2 weeks. Then who knows what will happen. I am very excited to get to serve with this new missionary from Bolivia. There is so much work here to be done! Elder Ramirez is back in Pocatello serving as a zone leader (English)! That is gonna be so fun again.
I love working here in Pocatello and to be here apart of this branch. It makes me a little sad how much I am doing members callings though. The mission leader asked me to help him complete his home-teaching. He wasn’t sure who he was assigned to teach I told him who he was assigned to. He didn’t even know, and i knew! haha I thought that was funny.
There is good news from the branch though. The Chagoya family is back at church for the first time in 3 years! He bore his testimony about his conversion, and he and his wife just want to serve in callings and go to the temple! I’m going over to see him again Saturday and teach him how to play guitar.
I got invited to play guitar and sing at a fireside on Saturday. If I’m still here in July, I was asked to play and sing in a talent show. Hopefully I will be able to stay for that!
On Tuesday, Elder Ramirez and I went on exchanges. That was so much fun to be with him again. I wish I was able to send could send videos. On Wednesday Elder Ramirez, Brooks, and I went down to Soda Springs for an interview in Spanish for someone getting baptized. It’s pretty crazy that we drop what we were doing and drive 2 hours for the salvation of a soul. Plus, it was a super fun road trip!
That was my crazy week!