The water is more forceful I guess. It shoots straight down not in a circle. So there's that.
Investigators are doing fine. Some are progressing, some had setbacks, and there are two investigators we are nearly positive will be baptized. Nicholas is the 7 year old nephew of the bishop, but technically not the nephew. They found out last year that the dad is not the Bishops brother. Nicholas is all set to get baptized on Saturday. He is a good kid and has a solid support system. The other one we are sure of is a new investigator named Mario Guerra (translated is Mario War. how cool is that name!?). He is 48 and he has a girlfriend who is a member of the church. The catch is that she lives in Peru. They met online and hit it off. They met for the first time in person a month ago. He works 10 days and then has 10 days off so on his days off he goes up to Peru. She is a strong member and has made sure the relationship sticks to her standards. He wants to learn about the church so he can understand his girlfriend better. He pays attention during the lessons and actually reads the Book of Mormon. He might get baptized in Peru but I am sure he will get baptized.
The family reunions sound fun. I am praying for Grandpa Mellor to recover quickly. Tell Jake I don't know what I want for Christmas... I will have to think about it.
We had to come in to Centro to do visa stuff for Elder Stratford again. Unfortunately I forgot my list of things to talk about so... yeah. Everyone makes a comparison between me and Elder DeLaMare. He really is tall. He is younger than I am too by 5 months. We should be back in our chapel this next Sunday. That will be a nice change because it was hard to get investigators (and even members) all the way to the stake center.
Pretty sure I will never tan. Ever. Just burn. And stay red. That is the way my skin is. For sacrament I do not know what they use. In Mexico they used bottle water. I only had to speak in sacrament the first day here but Elder Stratford spoke yesterday. He did a talk about charity and the work of salvation. I doubt you will get a pic of me playing soccer. The soccer field maybe. We will see.
4 Months have gone by already. Some days feel really long but the time has truly flown. Elder Stratford always says "You only have 2 years to serve." I know you have said that to me before too. I just did not realize what that really meant until I got out here.
Sounds like you had a busy day on Sunday. The afternoon schedule has thrown us off but we stay busy on Sunday too. Do you know the regular attendance for our ward? I never really realized how big our ward is. I know that callings are given by revelation from the Lord but sometimes that can be hard on families. The Elders Quorum President here is married to the Relief Society President, the Young Men's President moved here 6 months ago, the Bishop is married to the Primary President, etc The families here have to work hard to keep the ward alive though it has been growing in the last few months. Thanks to you and Mom for being good examples in fulfilling your callings.
I forgot to congratulate Charlie and Jess on the new baby Paityn. CONGRATULATIONS! It will be a little while before I can babysit her but I am sure Kaitlin has it covered.
The language is coming slowly. But it is coming so that is the good thing.
I do not know what else to write now so that will be it for this week. Love you all. I am praying for you. Keep working hard in school and remember to have fun too.
Gotta go. Stay safe. Be diligent. Follow Christ and all that good stuff. Love you guys. Elder Hunter
|Elder Pineda and Elder DeLaMare|
P,S. These elders are sharing a pension with Elder Hunter and Elder Stratford. It is Elder Pineda from Panama and Elder DeLaMare from West Valley, Utah. Mom stole this pic off of facebook on the Chile Missionary Mommas Page
Just wish Brock was in the pic too.