01 December 2009

Thanksgiving Argie Style!!

Well, there isn't a whole lot to say about what is going on here. We ate Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday with the normal family and we ate empanadas, how festive, right? Ha-ha., it was cool though, and then on Friday we ate at zone conference which was good; potatoes, pork, corn, lemon meringue pie. And the conference itself was way good. My comp left his suit jacket in the cab on the way there so he is already down one jacket.

Church this Sunday was good. We had the Ruiz family in church finally! Monica missed though. But we had 3 other people who came as well. So we are excited to say that within the next 3 weeks we should be having about 5 baptisms if everything goes well. That would be really really cool and I would be excited. We are working hard to meet that goal and I definitely need your prayers, more on the behalf of our investigators than for me. Also, for my companion since he is struggling a bit and really wants to be here but it is just hard for him. We´re working hard though and I hope that you are doing the same.

Other exciting things to say that have happened in the last week, not really. But I want to share a story that I have already shared with at least one of you but it is a good one. One of those moments that one lives for in the mission.

So we went to teach Monica; the single mom with two daughters that we have been teaching for a while. We sat down and started talking and the lesson went super well. We talked about the sacrament and the importance of it. After the lesson, we were talking to her a little bit about baptism again. Since my comp doesn’t understand much of what was going on I did most of the talking. I asked her if she still had the desire to be baptized. And she said yes, but like before she said that she still doesn´t feel prepared enough to take that step. She said she needs more time to be well prepared to do it. I was very proud of her when she said that because there are many who rush into this sort of decision without thinking it over much. Then what she said was what hit me hard. Not in a bad way, in a very good way. She said "I know I am not quite prepared to be baptized, but on the subject of being baptized, I am decided." She said that no matter what she is going to do it. We asked if she would commit to do everything possible to be prepared and we would do the same so that she can get baptized the 19th of December, right before Christmas, and she said yes, definitely. That was the highlight of my week and perhaps one of the top 10 coolest things that I have had happen to me in the mission, so it is pretty cool :)

My new companion is doing really well. He´s a bit frustrated with the language but I constantly try to keep him excited so that he can continue to do the work like it should be done. We are learning a lot together.

In our district there are 4 companionships. Elders in Perico, Monterrico and Aeroparque (the city of Aeroparque is Alto Comedero) then there are hermanas in El Carmen. That is the district, and then the other district which is the rest of the zone is two sets of hermanas in Palpalá (1 and 2) and then elders in Alberdi, Alto Comedero.

Everything is going good. The companion switch took me off guard but that’s what I’m supposed to be doing so I am all for it. We had zone conference last week and I talked with president and he congratulated me on it and apologized for me not knowing, he said he asked the assistants to tell me but didn´t know what happened there. It is way good though. A new experience but I like it a lot. Thanks for writing.

Well, I am off for now. I love you guys a ton and thanks for all you do for me, especially for your prayers. Love you all.

Take Care
Elder Jeffrey Rose

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