Well, this week had its ups and downs as usual. To start off, we were working very hard with Jorge to get him prepared for his baptism. We were informed Friday night that he had decided to not get baptized. He feels that it was causing a conflict between him and his wife so it was better to remain in his old religion (Catholic). We were initially upset by his answer but not too much. We felt a witness from the Spirit that we had done all in our power possible and to not worry. We are confident that he WILL get baptized, but further down the road. Preach My Gospel teaches us a lot of things but not how to change someones agency. Its all good though :)
As a result of that, we really feel like we were blessed this week with TWO more people that now have a baptismal date. Their names are Mishel (11 years old) and David (12 years old). They are both members of families where not all are members, and have support of both their families for now. They both have a baptismal date for the 22 of August. We are VERY excited! We know that the Lord blesses us for our efforts, and if necessary with different people that are prepared.
This week I was able to go on divisions with the zone leaders. I was able to go down off the mountain into the actual city of Otavalo with Elder Henriquez from Colombia. He is a great singer and one heck of a motivational speaker. We were heading to lunch and the mamita fell (they had all fallen in Agato this week as well...), so we just went to a Chifa :) Then we spent the whole day pretty much walking, walking, bus, and more walking. Even goes to show that the leaders in our lives have down times as well. We got to his house with a bag of hambugers and had a good nights rest. The weird thing though is that their shower is literally just a hole in the wall where hot water magically comes out.
As it states in the book of Isaiah, our ways are not Gods ways. We need to be patient and faithful in our trials. We need to do all in our power and leave the rest up to God. I know that God hears and answers prayers and not always in the ways we want. I know that this Church is true and that we are part of it. I love the Book of Mormon and the amazing message it contains. I also really liked something that Elder Henriquez said. He said that all we need to do is be obedient and diligent,and wait for the Lord to bless us.
Elder Kimball is a little sick these last two days, so yet again I am playing the nurse for him. Funny how I make him do things and the nurse is surprised when we have tried everything she suggests :) Thanks for being a nurse mom and giving me free enrollment and the Lomeli Medical School haha :) He has been a little tired and grumpy, but that in turn makes him more funny. Today I got a hole in my sock, and he replied "DUH! THATS WHERE YOU PUT YOUR FOOT!" It was hilarious.
This week we also had an acivity put on by us missionaries. We played baseball and grilled hot dogs and ate cracker jacks (closest thing to it). The members and investigators had tons of fun and we were able to get quite a few potential investigators out of it! I of course smashed a homerun :)
Thats all for this week, and I hope all have a great one! Changes are coming up this next week so we will see if I stay here in Agato or not!
Me carving our "bat" ( was just a huge stick)
My buddy Jaime and his sick tie :)