Monday, September 16, 2013

Elder Adamson's Letter 9/16/2013

Time to tell you about my week!  Elder Galarza and I are starting to get a little more settled in here now and we don´t have to use a map everywhere we go now.  Here´s the week for ya.

For P day last week we met at the Capilla with some of the other missionaries in the zone and played soccer there for a little while and the Hermanas made cake and stuff for us.  We also got to watch Sons of Provo, which I had never seen until now, but   it´s lots of fun to watch with a bunch of other Mormon missionaries. haha.  Later, when P day was over we went and visited a woman named Paquita who wants us to try and reactivate a couple of her sons and also get her grandson, Pablo to come to church.  She's a really nice lady and she is concerned for her family.

Tuesday it rained for a lot of the day and in the morning we worked on our area map, which is a lot of work, but helps us to know where to go when someone bails on us.  We´re still not done with it.  I made pasta for lunch because there are only so many things we can eat.  We don´t have a microwave or an oven as of now, so we have to heat everything on the stove.  We´re making it work so far, though.  After mediodia we met with a member named Emilio to go visit a menos activo we set an appointment with.  She wasn't home, so Emilio went home and we just tried to contact more menos activos.  We visited a man named Rodolfo.  He LOVES music and has about 5 million speakers and CDs in his house, along with a lot of other really weird stuff.  He plays the guitar, and I got to play a little bit. I didn't know how much I missed mine until I played his. After that we shared a message with him about praying, reading the scriptures and attending church, and he seemed to be pretty receptive to it.  I think he´s just a little too lazy right now to do all that, but we´ll work with him.

Wednesday, Alberto, The mission leader, came with us to visit some menos activos, but we didn´t get in a single door for like 2 or 3 hours.  When we went to leave, his car wouldn´t start, so we said a little prayer, and pushed it UP a hill and then it started and all was well.  Alberto is awesome.  He´s just a little guy and he´s only like 23.  He´s really funny, has a high voice, and bumps the EFY music while we drive from place to place.  We got some good street contacts that day though.  There are SO many people here from Ecuador so Elder G can relate to them really well in the first few seconds of the conversation.

Thursday we had a lunch cita with the Atienza family.  They´re really nice people as well and after we ate with them, we made a list of people we could all pray for during the week, and then when we come back in a week and see who is ready to hear about the gospel or ready for us to teach them.  Elder Galarza says its a super good way to get references and we´ve been praying for them every morning and night.  Later that day we met with another member named Hermana Finny and it was a pretty weird time.  While we were sitting in her house she was telling us about some dogs she used to have and handed us a box.  We opened it expecting to see photos or something but in the box were the dogs ashes.   Then she handed us the ashes from another dog.  She´s a really nice lady though and I really do mean that.  She´s very sweet and welcoming when we come and her son is menos activo so we´ll try to work with him,.  That day was kind of discouraging because we still didn´t have ANY investigators. It´s super hard to find them right now, but that night we said a prayer that we´d be able to find some.

Friday we had a district meeting which was pretty fun.  My district is awesome and Elder Webb, the district leader has a native for his first companion as well, so he knows how it is.  He calls so I can talk to someone in English every once in a while.  After that we had a lunch cita with Paquita and met 2 of her sons (menos activos) and THEN we got to teach Pablo, her nieto, the lesson 0 which is kind of like a ¨this is what were here for¨and a ¨get to know you lesson¨. He´s a really awesome kid and he wants to be baptized!  Hopefully we can get him baptized and maybe even his mom who isn´t a member.  Later we helped Antonio (MA), son of hermana Finny, call the USA to work out a problem he had with a car part that he ordered and didn´t come. For the first time in a while, I really felt super useful because I was talking to someone in English and they could understand me and I could understand them. haha  We got the problem all worked out and then he took us back to his neighborhood so we could work again. After that we went to the house of Angeles, who is not a member, but has a son on a mission.  NEW INVESTIGATOR.  We´re going to visit her more this week.  She has like 3 kids that are members, but she isn´t..  yet.  She talked super fast and doesn´t know any English, so I just smiled and nodded pretty much the whole time.  Lots of little miracles in the mission field.

Saturday, we did a contacting activity with some members.  I got paired with Emilio who has a super Spanish accent because   he´s Murciano and doesn´t know any English...  We got to talk to quite a few people but only got a good future reference from one person.  It was fun though.  Emilio is a stud and he helps the missionaries out a ton.  I like him a lot.  In the afternoon, we went to visit Rodolfo again and he had his friend Jaime(also MA) there as well.  It was kind of like a stake out for us, because he had the guitar out and lots of cds and lyrics printed off.  He wants us to learn this song somehow before we go back.  He asked me to sing a song, so I played Danny Boy for him.  He didn´t understand any of it, but he liked it I think.  It felt good to sing again.  After all the music fiasco was over we taught them about the 10 virgins and how we have to fill our lamps by doing the 3 things we talked about in the last visit.  They both have their reasons for not going to church, Jaime got offended by someone, and I think Rodolfo is just a little lazy, but I think we did pretty well with the lesson.  We´ll see how the next one goes.  Rodolfo will probably have a full Spanish band set up in there when we come back... ;)  On the way home, we couldn't  go the usual way, because right now Murcia is celebrating something.  Virgin Mary, maybe, but there was a huge parade with lots of people in medieval clothing.  We made it home through a different way with out a map.  I kind of know where I am now, more or less. haha

Sunday, was good and the bishop shared a very powerful message about the members helping the missionaries.  I really hope that means we´ll be getting some more help, because we could use it. Later we had a visit with Genny and her husband Juan Jose.  She is a member, but he isn´t.  He´s met with missionaries before, but Genny wants to try again.  While we were there teaching lesson zero, at the end Genny bore a really powerful testimony in front of  her husband and about eternal families.  I really hope that got to him, because   he´s a really good man and he needs the gospel.  Later that night we visited the Atienzas again because none of the other people we were going to visit were home.

The church is like 5 minutes from our house, we probably have like 60ish active members right now.  Our area is  pretty big, but kind of far away from where we live, so we have to take a lot of buses.  it´s good though!  Not really sure about the ward council yet, or the district, but I´ll let you know if I learn some specifics.  haha
That´s the week for ya!  Really good one, but I hope to report an even better one next week.  

Talk to you next week!  Love you!

Elder Adamson

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