Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week 10 (December 10, 2012)

Another week gone! How is everyone doing? What is the weather like in Utah? I never thought I would say this..... but I kinda miss the snow. It is a weird December for me. This past week it was like 85 degrees and just hot! I couldn't believe it! It was a Christmas Miracle for me. Hahaha. Gotta love Texas. This really is God's country. I was really so afraid that it was going to be as ugly as everyone made it sound like but it is absolutely beautiful! Ah the sunsets are just amazing, the landscape is endless, everything about Texas is awesome. I can see why the people here have so much pride for their state! The people are soooooo amazing too. We have met some of the nicest people on the planet here. We have so much left over food in our fridge it is incredible. We have this funny old couple that are kinda like our "parents". They feed us and take care of us and just love us like we are their own kids. It makes it hard sometimes to want to go out and work but we still do it.

We are still teaching the Martinez family. They are super solid and have real desires to come closer to God as a family. We had a particularly good appointment where they invited us over to eat and then right after we shared with them a great video on christmas and it kinda talked about the restoration too. It was awesome cause at the end we were asking questions about it and then all of a sudden the Dad asked, "who is Joseph Smith?" Talk about a blessing. We scheduled a return appointment and talked a ton about him and the Book of Mormon. So if things keep going the way they have been and they keep keeping committments, we may have a "white" Christmas, even though we may not have any snow.

We were also going through the area book and ran acrossed the name of this guy and we wanted to go visit him. We'll call him Manny. He is this super funny old guy that doesn't speak and English and always has a wad in that is so big you cannot see his fron two teeth. Haha he is such a charicter. I guess he has been seeing missionaries for quite a while because he showed us this papmphlet that was roughly "lesson 1" and it was black and white. I have no idea how long ago that was but he has definitely seen missionaries for quite a while. But he has a sincere desire to learn more and come closer to Jesus Christ. So hopefully we will see some progress in him.

Other than that the work is kinda slow. We are trying not to move too quickly because we could easily talk to ever person in this town in a week and a half. So we are being a little conservative on the finding but we are doing our best to make sure that it is still being guided by the spirit. We are working a lot with the members of the branch and trying to get the members that are less active to come to church. We had one family show up yesterday so that was great. Church here is crazy. It is so funny I think. We have probably anywhere from 15-25 people every week. Technically it is an english branch but about 60 percent of them can only speak spanish. So when we sing it is half english and half spanish. It is so funny to listen to!! But the members are so faithful and trying so hard that the spirit is everywhere. I love that feeling so much. Our branch president usually has to translate so that everyone can understand what is being said. It is kinda embarassing for him so he asked us if we would start translating. Neither of us are very good at Spanish but we told him that we are going to study hard and in maybe two weeks we will start translating. So that is what I am working towards. Hopefully it will come!

A slight clarification on my adress too that my dad brought up. My adress is 711 N Texas Avenue Big Lake Texas, 76932. I didn't include that so sorry. All is well I am loving it here so much. And with it being the Christmas season I can focus better now than I have been able to ever on the Savior. It has been such a blessing. Don't forget what the true meaning of Christmas is! Keep Him centered and everything else will be inhanced by infinity ;).

Has Rachel recieved her mission call? How about Jordan and the baby? How are they doing? Hope to hear from y'all some time this week. Les quiero.

Elder KP

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