First I want to talk a little about some of the problems the vast majority of people have, what Elder Leatherow and I have to help with as the people grow their faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel.
|He knows how his mom loves shoes :)|
There is a really big problem here with coffee. I truly believe that coffee drives away the Spirit, and it is hard for investigators to progress if they have a problem with coffee. Some people might think, and do think, that it is not a big deal, but it leads to bigger problems, like alcohol and problems with the law of chastity. Elder Leather have a hard time convincing people to stop drinking coffee, and invite them to pray and ask God if the Word of Wisdom is actually a commandment. I am so glad I never had problems with it. :)
You wouldn´t believe the tiendas here! Everything is so cheap! A small bag of chips is only ten cents, and pan ducale is only a quarter. Elder Leatherow and I buy some snacks from the tienda near our house to munch on after companionship study. It is great! :)
This week my appreciation for personal study has increased so much. I love studying, pondering, and applying the scriptures to myself and our investigators. The spirit is always so strong during personal study, and I think I truly understand what it means now to ´study the scriptures.´ I have learned so much over the past week, which has strengthened my testimony so much in God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To finish, I´d like to tell you about one of our investigators, Family Martinez. Recently they lost their only girl in a car accident. We have been teaching them about the Plan of Salvation, that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ they can live with their daughter again. In our last lesson we watched ¨Together Forever´´ which is about a bunch of families who have problems in their lives that have been solved by living the Gospel, and knowing that they can live with each other forever as a family. There was not a dry eye as we watched the video, the Plan of Happiness is such a beautiful thing. If you get the chance you should watch it for yourself, it really is great.
My week was so great! I have learned so much Spanish, my testimony has grown so much, and I have a lot ¨less disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.¨ I love my mission so much, I cannot imagine being anywhere else.
I love you so much! I pray for you over and over every day.
Your favorite younger son,P.S. If you have specific questions about my mission ask them, there is a lot I can tell you about I just don´t know specifically what you want to know. And no, I don´t have a whole lot of culture shock, though my cold showers in the morning is always good for one. ;)