Monday, August 15, 2016

Hello! (and pictures!)

Hello everyoneeeeeeee. First off im glad America is kicking butt in the olympics again. MERICA. Still got my American pride going on down here. Sounds like that was the highlight of the week. Glad everyone is settled in from being at the beach. Hope everything went good there! Anyways this week was pretty good. it seemed to fly by even faster and all seems like a blur but ill see if i can pull out some of the highlights. SO it was a pretty good week we actually spent a lot of time in other areas doing baptismal interviews. I did a two day interchange in Quezaltepeque with Elder Bingham which was really fun and always makes the time fly by. As a Zone we should have about 11 baptisms this week and most of them are from the district leaders so thats why we have been doing a lot of interviews this past week. THE BAD NEWS OF THE WEEK: we had three sure baptisms for this week..... and they all fell through. It was a little sad because its all because of legal problems that we had no way of seeing and its going to delay the process at least four months. We were going to marry Jaqueline and Benedicto and had everything ready and we were talking to the lawyer and turns out that Benedicto was married before and didnt even know it. His old Girlfriend I guess payed off a bunch of money to someone to do an illegal marriage without him knowing (Girls are crazy man) and so its going to be really complicated to get them divorced. The other baptism is going to be delayed about a month. SO that was really the only bad, other than that it was good. We had about 16 people in church again so it was crazy and we are teaching a lot of FAMILIES. Thats always the best. They are super awesome and pretty sure baptisms for the next month, so Im excited for that. My companion is getting into the last weeks here in the mission so its going to be hard to see him go and im nervous about recieving a new companion next week, but it should be good. I really like this area and Apopa is starting to grow on me. Also it was my companions birthday this week. Happy 20th Elder Markham!

We had a cool experience that last night after hearing about the baptisms we were kind of sad. but we went to this family that is huge, there is like 20 of them and they were less active and this month we have gotten them active and a date to go to the temple. They all went to church this week for the first time this sunday and it was the collest experience to see them there taking up like three rows there in church (big familys are cool). So we passed by in the night and after setting up a family night for them the dad started bearing his testimony randomly about how thankful he was that we helped him andhis family and the change he has had. He used to hide when we came and now he greets us with the biggest hug all the time we see him. Off all his family, only his youngest daughter who is preparing to go on a mission and waiting for her call said how sad she was to always go to church by herself and that she didnt want to leave her family inactive. She shared her testimony too about how happy she was for the gospel and each person started sharing it too in the family. The spirit was so strong and there were many tears that night. Love this work. Love this Gospel. Love my family. Thanks for everything guys!

Elder  Nelson

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