Well guys,, this week was absolutley crazy!! i cant really express to ya how much we some how got done, and the blessings we´ve seen in our area, Zone, and Mission.. We had so much to do this week beacuse it was the last week of the transfer, we´ve been working hard to complete with the goals, and everything ended up piled up on us last minute! Anyways, as a mission, we ended up meeting our of over 200 baptisms in the month of July,, we reached 213 which is the highest this country has seen! The Lord helped us reach this goal according to our obedience, faith, and work that we showed... And holy cow did we work, pretty sure this week was the busiest week of my life,, and with the Lords help we got a Lot done! Anyways we still have more to do,, were preparing plans and stuff for a meeting we have with the Stake Presidency and President Corbitt, My brains a little scattered right now so i just decided to send ya my weekly letter I wrote to president,, i think it sums it up pretty well.. As well, you´ll see in the pictures Jimmy, Edwin, and Nibelki,, absolute miracles! And you´ll see our awesome Zone of Las Americas A haha, and our cool shirts.. As well as a zone We ended up baptizing 28 and as a stake (combined with our buddies from las americas B) we had 51 as a Stake, which is also the stake record for baptisms in a month. Anyways heres the letter, hope you all have an awesome week!!
Well, I think I could write a 10 page essay on all of the miracles and faith that we´ve exercised as a Zone and the trails we´ve overcome,, but I´ll try cutting it down a little bit into this one letter:) So starting of with La Llave A,, This week we started off not knowing who in the world would get baptized,, but Elder Affleck and I knew that whatever comes we can complete the goal! So we worked hard, talking with everyone, reviewing our investigators, then we finally came up with about 6 possibilities.. Preisdent De La Cruz happened to be in the area at this time, so we got together with him and Bishop Sosa, and our leader misional, to review these possibilities.. We decided the 3 to focus on this week was Jimmy Peralta, Nibelkis, and Edwin Roa.. We faced many trials.. with every individual between them working, suddenly leaving, or parents not wanting to give permission.. But we definetly saw the lords hand in every one of these situations literally at the last second everything worked out.. I´ve learned a lot about the faith this week.. Even though there were times where it didn´t look very likely that we were going to reach the goal, we told ourselves that we can do it.. We knew with our faith and works together, if it was the Lord´s will, it would be done. And it was! I know that if we didn´t have this faith we wouldnt have found these 3 brothers and sisters.. I think this has been the hardest working week in my life, spiritually and physically.. But its also been the most rewarding and the a great strengthening of tesitmony for me.. We did it and we didn´t have to do it alone, we are never alone in this!
As far as the zone goes,, it was kinda of a war zone this week, Honestly I ended up working with Elder Affleck about 2 days this week, the rest was full of intercambios and baptismal interviews, I actually had to travel to Nueva Amanacer 4 days in a row, due to intercambios and their planned interviews suddenly falling through! I just wanna say I love our District Leaders! They worked so hard this week,, taking time out of their own areas to help interview, teach, and do intercambios in other areas so we, as a zone, could complete with our goals.. They really are putting others before themselves.. The only 2 areas who didn´t end up completing with the goals were Nueva Amanacer and Brisas.. The situation was oddly rough in Nueva Amanacer.. on our 3rd day there, with another baptismal interview falling, Elder Affleck and I stopped and said a little prayer, we felt the comfirmation that we´ve done everything we could in the area and that we needed to tend our own.. Morning Elder Nataren and I went back to NA to interview 2 people.. They both wanted to be baptized, and one accepted, but later that day had gotten sick and wasn´t didn´t want to get baptized.. It was rough because Hermana Nascimento and Hermana Burgess were at the chapel with the filled font and the agenda ready to go, while their investigator was in the house with a fever. We will continue to work with and help them throughout this next transfer.. So another Miracle that happened in La Llave B the last second.. literally.. So 30 minutes before the baptism night, we got the impression to go to Yuliani´s house (a young investigator who didn´t recieve permission) Her dad never wanted to give it, and he had talked to Bishop, many different members, had family home evenings.. And when Elder Affleck and I went over,, he said he wanted to talk to his wife,, so we called her up on the spot and she said yes, and he signed.. All those other attempts must have softened his heart! I better get this wrapped up, but the fact that I could keep going really makes me realize how much the Lord has strengthened and blessed us in this month.. Us as a Zone and as a mission.. I know that Faith can move mountains, and it can definetly bring 213 souls and more, into the Kingdom of God.. I feel blessed to be a part of this and see the many miracles that are taking place and I can´t wait to see whats in store for us! Thank you for everything President! I hope you have a great day and enjoy that Fresh Beaver Pride shirt!! (ps theres a tiny little star on the shirt that says grantsville)PPS thank you for keep Elder Affleck and I together for another transfer!!