Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We brought another one into the Fold with many more to come!!

Well this week we welcomed Diego Aponte into the waters of Baptism!! What a joyful sight that was to see! He is now preparing to become a missionary!! He already is enrolled in the institute program here and is taking Missionary prep!! This kid is amazing! He’s a 24 year old chap and his goal is to serve a mission when he is 25!! Bless his soul!! This upcoming week we have another Baptism. In fact we have baptisms scheduled for EVERY WEEKEND THIS MONTH!! And we also have a lovely Mothers Day gift that we are preparing!! We have a baptismal date for a couple for Mothers Day!! Elder Vigo and I were like, we don’t have any money for Mothers Day, what can we give our Mothers for Mothers Day!! And then we thought, what is more better than a Baptism!! So Mom for Mothers Day your gift is a Baptism of Diana Franco y Fernando Urruttia!! This is a very special Baptism because for them to be baptized they have to be married and they will be married the weekend before there Baptism!! So we are getting the people married here and baptized!! wowo!!

The Work here is going very strong this week we picked up 6 more investigators and all look very promising to put baptismal dates in the upcoming weeks or so! There’s this family that we have lunch with almost every week here and whenever one of there neighbors knock on the door when we are there they introduce us and we get an appointment and we visit them and WOW!! We teach them and they progress! They have given us 4 referencia for families that we are now actively teaching!! We have a goal of 9 baptisms for this transfer!! Elder Vigo finishes the mission this transfer. He leaves May 24. He has 41 baptisms in the mission his goal is 50! Right now we have 7 investigators with baptismal dates. I believe that we can do it! We also have another goal to have 75 investigators that we will be teaching! If you get 75 investigators and 8 of them with baptismal dates, your area gets another Cell Phone!!! It would be nice to have another phone!! The phone services here are different! They only have prepaid phones, so we only get a certain amount of money to call people every month and when you run out, you use the pay phone things here. It’s very interesting but hard to explain. I will explain it all in 1 MONTH when I CALL YOU ALL!! We get to call home for MOTHERS DAY!! Oh those Beloved mothers that I love so much!! 8 of May I will be calling home!! So get the skype all ready!!

This week was a good week. I ate a lot of feet this week!! I had cow feet and pig feet! I do not prefer these foods but whatever! Yes I have he stomach of my Father. It is already making an orchestra in my stomach! We had another lovely Frijole day yesterday for lunch!! Last night Elder Vigo and I had a lovely percussion playing all night with our stomachs in chaos. Elder Vigo calls it the La Guerra de los Frijoles!! HAHA! The War of the Beans!!! Ahh the things that happen in the mission!!

This week though I have grown tremendously. Elder Vigo is finishing the mission so he gives me alot of the responsibility of the weird things that come our way! This week one night we were in our apartment and one of our investigators knocked on our door and Elder V. let him in. He’s a 17 year old teen. He said that his parents were fighting and he didn’t’ want to spend the night in his house! Of course I was sad to hear this and we wanted to help him and his Family. Elder Vigo then left and started getting ready for bed and left me with him! I was like uhh!!! I don’t know how to solve family problems like this. PMG says nothing about this situation!! But I know the rules of the mission. First, we are not supposed to have investigators in our house. 2nd, nobody but missionaries can sleep in our house!! Then I read a scripture to our little friend about afflictions and families in Alma. Then I got a prompting that I needed to tell him that he had to go back to his house and he would know how to solve the problem. He did not like this counsel. He told me that usually fights like this in his house he would not return for a couple of days until things cooled down enough. I was sad to hear that this happened often but he had to go home and worked things out!! This whole time my comp was lying in his bed!! AHH!!! But my friend did as I had told him and he called me the next day saying all is well and thanks for the help! This just goes to show that the Lord uses his Missionaries in very interesting ways!! I am just a 19 year old kid, and I have no idea how to work out family problems and things of the extremities that we deal with here in Colombia! We deal with some weird stuff here, but it keeps the life very interesting haha!

THis week I received a card from Sis V!!!! Thanks a tons Sis V and also another one from good ol pal Brenden Seagle!! ESO!! Brenden hooked me up with a lovely teenage card!! It was nice to get a nice breath of fresh air and to see a picture of the man in the red beanie!! oh the red beanie!! But I am still waiting on the package from home! You sent it before Valentines no! Look for the tracking number to see where it’s at!! Oh ya and Mothers day is coming up! I believe that I deserve a mothers day present! I may not be a Mother but I do miss my mother!! I have been craving chocolate alot lately! Anything from the states is freaking expensive but at times I have to give in to my stomachs desire and take a break from the Frijoles and eat a milkway or something!! Haha

Well all is well here! 6 months in the Mission!! It goes fast!! 6 months and the Lord has found use of me to help to bring 7 of his children into the Fold so far!! What an honor it is to be a missionary!! Love ya all and miss ya all tons!! But we shall chat in less then a month!!

Hey was this Week EFY!! I think this week is Easter Week but don’t remember! Here Easter is the week of the 21! But I thought EFY was this week if so! Give me the update!!
Heres some pics of our Baptism this week of Diego Aponte!!
Love Elder Hammer

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