So after about a week and a half here in the area I still hardly know
exactly where I am. But at least I know how to get to church and how
to get home, so that´s all that really matters. Everything else just
kind of works out throughout the day. So I´m happy to say that Diego
is really progressing. He´s devoured all the pamphlets we´ve given
him, loves reading the Book of Mormon, and loves going to Church, but
he just has this fear of baptism for some reason. He used to go to
another Church, which tried to force him into baptism, so maybe that´s
the reason, but we had talked about everything and marked a baptism
with him and he seemed to be over the fear, but then he called me the
other day and said he still felt all conflicted, but I´m sure he´ll
get over it sooner or later.
As for the rest of the week, we have found some new people to teach.
Everyone here will let you teach, especially in the favella, but the
problem is finding people who actually want to change. But it´s a
process, so you just have to hope and pray a lot for people, and do
your best. I always tell people that we are here to teach and help
and support, but that they are the ones who do the real changing. We
can bring the message of Christ, the message of hope, but if they
don´t act on it, then nothing is going to happen, and I think the same
is true of us as well, if we don´t act on what we know, nothing is
going to change and nothing is going to get better. Sure it´s hard,
but life is going to be hard sometimes, so you might as well grow from
Elder Lybbert is still as confused as ever. Yesterday was really
funny because he was shaking peoples hands at church and said to one
of the members `How are you?` in English, and the member gave him a
really funny look and I looked over to him and said `Elder, remember
people here don´t speak English` But he´s working hard and he´ll
catch on pretty quick.
It´s hotter than ever right now, but that´s alright. We just keep on
going and sweating, and life is a great.
I just finished up reading Mateus hoje and loved reading about the
life of Christ. He is such a great example in everything, and I hope
I am becoming more like him. We really need to let the light of
Christ within us shine, and people will recognize it and want to know
what it is.
Hope you all have a wonderful, cold week!