Monday, January 11, 2016

Single Father Working Full Time

It's a boy!!!
Yes, I am officially a father. (calm down Hannah that's what the call it when you're training a
new Elder.)

This week has been a lot of crazy, and a lot of fun. my son came with so much
vigor and desire to work that I decided to let him hit the ground running. I walked him
around in the El Salvadoranian sun and we talked with everything that moved on the way!
We saw a lot of miracles for our efforts.

The first is a man named Oscar. When we showed up at his house and started our contacting,
he ushered us in, brought us a chair, and was instantly so so friendly. We got talking to him
and it turns out he already has met with the missionaries before, and that he has already
been to church a lot. We were talking to him, and we gave him the invitation to be baptized.
¨you know what?¨ he said. ¨I think its time. but if I'm going to do it, I'm not going to do it
just because, I'm going to do it and stay in it. all in.¨

He`s going to be baptized the 30th of this month.

And his wife.

The second miracle is the sisters in my district. They are working so hard. There are 4 of them
now. Hermana Morales from mexico, Hermana Vega from Ogden(being trained right now),
Hermana Figueroa from El Salvador( a mini missionary serving here because we didn't have
enough sisters.) and Hermana Fuentes from guatemala(she came to the mission at the same
time as me and neither of us have had transfers yet). They get along so well. The Mexicana
has a lot of time in the mission and is like a mother to them all. its really nice because other
than her I have the most time in the mission in the district(we're all super young.) and so she
can help the sisters to adjust We are going to see so many miracles this change.

But the greatest miracle is my son. Elder Perez is a convert of 1 and a half years. He left his
family of only siblings(his mom died and his dad`s never around) to come to the mission
because he wants to help people be happy. Its really inspiring being able to work with him.
I'm lucky to be training him. As a convert, he maybe doesn't know all of the missionary
doctrine and lessons by heart yet, but he has a very strong testimony and he is learning fast
and he is a good missionary.

I believe in miracles. I have seen them. I know that all of us can see them too when we are
worthy and willing to help God's children. Miracles happen every day. We just have to be
spiritually in tune enough to see them.Time passes so fast when we are working so hard.
 I almost have 6 months in the mission.... wow.... when did that happen.

So this week we had interviews with President, and he told me that he wants me if possible
to finish the training of Elder Perez, but as soon as he can he wants to put me on a plane and
ship me off to Belize!! So it looks like in 3 months I'll head out to Belize after 7 and a half
months in my dear Las Delicias. This place has really become my home. I love the people
here and I love the work.

I'm really happy. I know that this happiness can only come through the mercy of our
Savior. I invite all of you to remember that always and choose to be happy. One of my
favorite songs says ¨Come open wide your broken heart and let the Savior in.¨ What a
beautiful invitation for all of us!

That song`s called Behold the Wounds in Jesus Hands and you should all go look it up and
listen to it.

I love you all so so much, and hope you have the greatest of weeks!!!!!

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