Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:09:30 -0300

We got done with a busy week this week. I was actually out of my area for 3 days! We´ve done quite a bit of divisons lately. The week before last we did some divisions just between us here in Dolores, I went with Elder Ropelato to his area! He and I have been in the same zone with eachother for over 9 months, I´ve been around him more than any other missionary, we´re gonna see for how long we can keep it going! He and I found a cool lady that made it to the Karaoke activity and they actually made her a judge! :) The activity was actually really fun, one of the funnest they´ve had! I got to sing "The Way You Look Tonight" and I danced a little, and I got a 10!!! Then I also did divisions with the zone leaders and I went to Fray Bentos for 2 days and actually stayed a third because we had a training meeting with the President up there! It was actually a really great conference, we talked about how to plan better and a new way to do it that is actually really cool and already helping us out! Then the next day we did some more divisions but this time it was Elder Ropelato and I in my area. We found another cool lady named Juliana who almost didn´t let us in but we got talking and she said just a few minutes and then we talked about half an hour more. She´s not really into any religion, she´s studdying philosophy! But she told us that we had gotten farther, or made more sense than anyone else she´s really talked to about religion. Really neat! And Enrique now has a date to get baptised, he´s had a really dark past but really has desires to change and do what´s right, we had a really cool lesson with him and the Bishop about the law of Chastity! Pretty sweet, the Bishop shared a story about a rich boss who had everything and didn´t believe in God, and he had an employee that was struggling financially and had many other problems in his life and he did believe in God and go to church. The boss invited him to go hunting and asked him why is it that I don´t believe in God and yet I´m doing so well, but you, who does believe in God has so many problems. The employee responded, I can´t answer that right now, but maybe later. So they continued hunting and the boss shot down 2 ducks over a lake and told the employee to go swim out and get them. He headed out toward one of the ducks but the boss said, no, that one´s already dead! Go after the other one first! It´s still alive! So he retrieved them both and returned and told his boss, I have the answer to your question! You´re a dead duck! Satan goes after those who are still holding on and gives them all sorts of problems, but you´re already dead, he doesn´t have to worry about you. Pretty intense huh?! Anyhow, let´s not be dead ducks! It´s alright if we have problems!
I actually had one of the most annoying lessons of my life, or at least here in Dolores, it was at Juan Carlos´ and Rosa´s house, the father was there too, he just has his own ideas about things and just wants to fight and show how right and smart he is. A member was visiting and talked about how she teaches a class of 4-7 year olds and he said he didn´t think it was right that churches push religion on their kids so young, they should be old enough to choose, he talked about how some churches baptise babies, we told him we don´t do that, we wait till 8, he said, do you think that´s old enough? YA! he said how do you know, THE SCRIPTURES! He just denied it and switched to the temples, saying if Jesus was born in a stable and was raised as a humble carpenter and wore robes and sandals, why do we have to represent Him with such giant and beautiful buildings?! To make a long story short, he continued on that thought for about half an hour, and we tried to explain and everything, but it was clear he didn´t want to listen, he was actually contradicting himself a lot too! And he wouldn´t answer our questions, it was like he knew he was wrong, but he couldn´t let go of his pride! It was really annoying. Luckily Carlos knows better and was actually trying to help us out.... I just worry about that family, and I think maybe he could be a problem in Rosa´s baptism.... it was just frustrating, but we kept our cool, and Carlos and Rosa were in church the next day so I was happy to see them there. But on a lighter note! My mission pop, Elder Roney, now home in the states, left me some root-beer extract that I´ve already put to good use and made some floats, and some jerky! Pretty sweet!
Well this letter is already long! A lot of stuff going on! I´ve actually thought a lot about people I could talk about the Gospel with when I get back! It´s a continous process, until it has penatrated every ear! I have to wait another 2 years to go the reunion!! Oh man! I could be bringing my wife by that time! HA! Anyhow... I have 2 favors! I don´t know if you´ve already sent something, but if by any chance you could sent me maple extract, to make maple syrup, and also lyrics to the song "Oh Lord, My Redeemer", the song that they sing in the choir every easter! That would be really cool! Anyhow, no pics this week. But maybe later. Thanks for the update! I hope all is well! I´m in Ether 13 now, it´s really great stuff! Luv ya tons! ¡Hasta luego!

1 comment:

  1. Good Post Michael, always fun to hear how our missionaries are doing. Keep up the "GOOD WORK" and you will be blessed, plus many other lives will be changed by your efforts and the spirit. Maybe you lit a fire that someday will take off in this man you talked about who was contentious. But sometimes we just have to let them go and move to those who are ready to hear. There are so many that are searching, go to them. I like the scripture in Matthew that says, "let them be, if the blind lead the blind, what does it matter, they will both fall into the ditch" Ha! The Lord knows that ALL could be saved but ALL will not want to be.