I'm getting thicker thanks to this week. Our ward loves Elder Murphy, so the members gave us a ton of food everyday! It was awesome! Plus the members here cook a lot better than the majority of the members in Quito from what I've heard. So I'm satisfied. But we seriously had at least 1 dinner appointment every night. So there are perks in "killing" a missionary. I actully said hi to him in the offices today. With his group there're actually a ton of awesome missionaries going home. So it's kind of sad. But oh well, bye Elder(brother) Murphy.This last week we were busy again. But we're used to it now. We had a meeting with the stake president and the mission president that we have every month now. And in that meeting he invited us to train all of the bishops in the stake about the progress forms that we always use in ward council. It was kind of intimidating to be honest haha but it went pretty well. We felt powerful. Elder Murphy has already been a branch president before in the jungle so he already knew what was up and how to answer their questions.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Emergency changes always get us by surprize. We're in a trio now. I'm still with Elder Murphy but now we're also with Elder Araque. He was about 18 months in the mission and is from Columbia. So he'll stay with me at least until the change(1 week) but probably for another change as well. And Elder Murphy is not trunky, but he only has so many days left that he's basically a walking skeleton right now (6 days left for the big guy). The good news is, the whole ward knows that he's leaving so we have a dinner appointment like every day of the week haha yeah! We'll just have to keep running with this altitude every morning or we'll all get fat. Maybe I need that though. Plus the momitas here cook even better than the ones in my coast sector, o sea, felicidad.
On Wednesday we contacted a lot (Which was the day Elder Araque got here) On contact number 20 Elder Murphy knocked on a door and peeked through a little hole in the door to see if any one was there. Suddenly a huge german shepard almost bites off his face when he yells "¡Veinte!" I was laughing for like 10 minutes haha. Overall it was kind of a slower week but we found a couple new investigators that have a date and seem pretty solid. One of them is named David. He accepted basically everything we told him. He has a super strong desire, so we were lucky to find him. With Hna. Avaneth, we met with Hno. Altamirano (A super rich less-active member that's a lawyer). So he will slowly be helping Hna. Avaneth with her divorce/marrage problem. He lives in the green towers behind the church. His appartment is so nice though, so nice. Plus he was wearing a nice grey suit at the time so he looked like a boss. Then he bought us expensive pizza. Gotta love the benefits of having rich members in the ward haha.
We did divisions with Iñaquito this week. I was with Elder Ramos in San Carlos(His first sector in the mission) and Elder Murphy was with Elder Richey in Iñaquito. Elder Ramos showed me a couple of old investigators that he remembered from about 14 months ago, and we're still teaching one of them so that's pretty nice. The elders of Santa Anita are beasts and got another baptism this week. I don't know how they do it. They seriously get about one baptism every week. But I'm super happy for them and they should also have a baptism this week. bestias son.
Eso es todo. Envíame carne seca en el paquete con la familia de Elder Black si es posible, para que yo pueda ponerme tuco(fuerte). pilas.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
So I just thought of a random thing, I'm almost 20 years old and a mission is 2 years. Or 1/10 of my life when I finnish. Tithing is also a 1/10 rule. So it's like I'm doing life-tithing right now. I even get useless personal revelation sometimes haha.I'm not going to lie, this week was a bestia. Everyone here is into the world cup even though the United States did better than Ecuador. So the contacts didn't want to listen and even the members were impossible to teach haha. The good thing is, Germany won. Now Ecuador wont be bragging that the world cup is in South America! So now that the world cup is over and everyone is getting back from the beach, this week should be a good one. Our investigators that we have are still doing great. They were just hard to visit this week because they were travelling or out of town. The main two are familia Puga(4) and Avaneth. Familia Puga now has all of the lessons and just need one more attendance then they are good for baptism. I wantto get them baptized before Elder Murphy leaves (2 weeks). And Avaneth has to still get divorced and remarried before she gets baptized but she has the strongest desires ever. She wants to get married in the temple with her future husband who is already a member. We'll have to wait for her but I know she'll get baptized. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she was more grateful than any other person I've ever seen, and by far. I've handed out so many of them that sometimes I forget the impact it makes on people with desires.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
So we'll start with Monday, After I wrote for just like 20 minutes we have a zone BBQ. (We're awesome zone leaders!) We cooked a ton of burgers and hot dogs with a ton of soda and chips. We also had basketball, soccer, and dodgeball tournements.It's lasted for like 3-4 hours and then we had to hurry to have a meeting with the mission president and the stake president together (Que sacerdocio en un cuarto, fue como el consejo de los profetas.) At night we had almost no time to do anything because we had to help the missionaries from the jungle and the coast arrive to our house (Our house is a mission hotel(party)). On Tuesday all that I did was go to the zone leaders council with all the zone leaders in the mission (Aún más sacerdocio.) It literally went from 9:00am- 7:00pm. I learned a ton but my brain was super sore after.
morning the zone leaders left back to their sectors. But before they did we made cookie dough with Elder Kingsford (My old ZL, he'll die in a couple weeks with Elder Murphy) and then we used the chappel oven to make cookies for Hna Deveraux's birthday (Sister missionary in our ward). Thursday we had the monthly mini zone conference. The only difference was, I had to flippin´ teach it. So Elder Murphy and I used the training we got in the council (That's how it works) and we taught on it for a couple hours, kinda fun actully.
(4th of July) Elder Murphy woke me up by singing the entire national anthem hahaha and with soul, brotha. We wanted to buy a burger and put a small american flag on it, but we couldn't find a dang flag... Next year though. At night we had a ward activity where we (as 6 missionaries and our mission leader) taught members how to help others that are newly investigating the church feel welcome. Then we played games and had fanta floats (We wanted root beer floats but they don't have many soda options here.) It was an awesome ward activity though. Like 50 members showed up which is pretty good for here.
And finally,we had 3 zone baptisms. We wanted to support the zone by attending all of them. So first the sister missionaries had a baptism at . Then mission president and his wife showed up to this one, as well as some other missionaries in the zone with some investigators, and then we atended the baptism from Elders of Santa Anita. They had 2 baptisms at 7:30pm. Plus we had to do 2 baptismal interviews earlier that day. So it was a super busy week. This week should be a lot easier.