Monday, May 23, 2016

hace frío

Hello my dear friends, how are you doing? Another great week in the Patagonia, and it was all very cold.

The climate is changing gradually, but this week was pretty cold, despite the few days of sun we've had recently, which was a nice change of pace.

This week was really awesome! To start off, Enrique got baptized! It was a good service and a lot of people were at the church for an activity right before, so quite a few people showed up! He was happy and his wife was too. They're really special and deserve all the love the warde is giving them. Also, on Friday we went by to talk to him and his wife, and she told us that she had a dream that one of her favorite pastors told her that there's another church, and she took that as an answer that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church! She wanted to get baptized yesterday, but it was short notice and we haven't taught everything to her yet, but she'll get baptized next week! It was an amazing and truly humbling experience to see how the Lord blesses us dependent on our own efforts.

The week went by pretty quick as we were preparing the baptism. Claudia is another investigator that we've started teaching recently and she's prgoressing well too. She's very sincere and really cares for other people, we're just trying to get her to really pray and come to church. the 25th of May is a national holiday here, it's something about the civil war, I'm still not quite sure what it is. Regardless, there's going to be an activity on Wednesday for it, so we've been doing a little planning for that as well. Also on Friday we were able to have a lesson with Hermana Claudia Henriquez (the mom of the girl that got baptized a little while ago) and her friend/cousin's wife Paola, and it was really awesome. She really enjoyed it all and felt the Spirit super strong. She went to Chile this week and said she was going to take the Book of Mormon with her to read on the way, but she forgot it. But, her daughter started reading it, so it's great. Really things are just going well. We also went by and taught the whole Henriquez family, and they are really amazing. We were asking them about how they've felt the past couple of months with us coming by, what differences they've notice (all for the objective of getting Jorge, the dad, to realize what he should do) and Daniela bore her testimony of the peace that she has felt because of her decision. It made me so happy, there really is no better work than this. You work so hard every single day, and when you hear something like that, it makes it all worth it. At least she knows.

This transfer has probably been the best one I've had yet. I don't think I've ever been so happy, learned so much, and laughed so much more than these past weeks, I'm super excited for this last week, trying to savor every last moment.

I love you all so much and hope you are well!

Elder Grondel

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