Mexican Grilled Corn

Hey Everyone,

This has been a pretty awesome week. We were able to visit quite a few people this week, and find some more potential. We had a couple cool experiences, but the main one I wish to talk about is the new love of my life: I don’t know if any of you have seen Nacho Libre (one of my favorite movies) but the part in the movie where Estephen throws grilled corn into that robber’s eye?  MAN it’s the best food ever! I tried it for the first time yesterday. Holy crap, it is so delicious! It’s just grilled corn, with mayo, mexican cheese, and chili powder (or pico de gallo con limon powder is way better!!!) It is so amazing, seriously, you have to try it!
 We had some really powerful lessons too! I will keep you posted on Bob Allen.  It was a miracle lesson.  At the beginning he said he would never join the church.  Then after 10 min of inspired questions and testimony, he committed to go to church. After that he said, well I never said I wouldn’t change. haha It was so awesome!
Thanks for all the support and love
love
EA
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A Fantastic Week

Hey Everyone,

This has been another fantastic week! We set another baptismal date with an older gentleman named Merced Flores. There are a lot of people ready to receive the gospel and that means a lot of work to do.

I have a pretty cool story that I want to share:

Around 2:oo pm we stopped by a house because someone told us that there were some Hispanics lived there. We stopped by, but no one was home. We started to mess around with his cat when 30 seconds later he drove in. His name is David, and he is my same age. It was just by chance that we caught him because he goes to school down in Pocatello, and works like 40 hours a week at GNC. (he’s a body builder and played the same position as me in football) He was only home for like 3 min, we came at the perfect time. He has a few buddies that are currently serving missions. Also, he has a Book of Mormon that he wants to know more about it and has the desire to become closer to God. A lot of coincidences don’t you think? haha jk, It was very divine inspiration. We will be teaching him again on Saturday.

A cool story from last night as well:

We were proselyting and found an old Hispanic guy. We talked to him for a little bit, and gained his trust. He was making fun of Elder Rodriguez for his Spanish but he was being funny. Anyway, we set up another time to go and talk with him, when he gives us some tamales before we left. This is where it starts to get good. So then we visit another guy named Abel from Peru. He lives way out in the boonies.. We never talked to him until yesterday (Elder Ramirez was the one who found him back in June). He wasn’t very receptive, using excuses after excuses, telling us he didn’t have time to read because of the harvest. So, I had the idea, go get the tamales. So I run out to the car without telling him what I was doing, I get the tamales and give them to him and say, “now you have lunch for tomorrow, so you don’t have to prepare food. In this 5 minutes that I just saved you, will you read this chapter?” he smiled, laughed, and accepted. Then his interest totally changed. He was telling us how he was going to take notes and questions, and he was really touched by the service apparently. Just one little action completely changed his reception of the gospel.

I  hope everyone has a good week, and will be presented with opportunities to serve and share with our brothers and sisters.

Love

EA

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Sunset in Blackfoot

Hey Everyone,

This week was awesome! We had stake conference. We hosted Elder Erickson of the seventy, and President Hancock. It was by far one of the most spiritual meetings that I have ever been to. For the first time, I was asked to translate the talks from English to Spanish. I was really good practice, I felt I did well but a little intimidating translating for those priesthood leaders. I enjoyed it.
We were able to find a bunch of new investigators this week. A few of them seem to have potential. We met one guy, Martin, he requested a Book of Mormon.  As far as the rest of the Branch, we are still in the process of finding everyone and ascertain who we need to focus on.
We finally have Elders in the district.  I went on exchanges last week. To tell the truth, it was pretty long exchange but I was happy to help those who are struggling.
I thank you all for everything that you do to help me!
Have a good week!
Love
EA
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First Week in Blackfoot, Idaho

Hey Everyone,

I’m not going to lie, this week has been full of challenges but it’s been worth it. I’m excited to able to serve in Blackfoot. While in Pocatello, it seemed like everyone I met who  spoke Spanish was from Blackfoot. Finally I am here to help teach them. There are so many hispanics, it’s wonderful! This area has been in dire need of some missionaries. They have been neglected for some time.
One cool story, on the second day that we were here, we found a kid that was in a less active family. Now they are going to church, and he wants to be baptized on the 25th! The English Wards will have a lot of work for us as well. Soon we are going to be knee deep in appointments!
I have a new (greenie)  companion. His name is Elder Rodriguez from Fillmore, Utah. As it turns out, he is neighbors with Uncle Phil & Aunt Lorna.  He was Uncle Phil’s home teaching companion for the past year. He played football in high school and have a desire to work. We should get along pretty well.
I thank you all for your emails and support! I love hearing from you.
I hope that everyone has a good week!
Love
EA
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