Monday, August 6, 2012

atheist or not here we come 7/30/2012

Well this was a week of joy, of triumph and sadness!!! Starting the week off we went to Bogota to prepare the meeting for training the new missionaries and receive the new missionaries and all but when we get there the way we planned was changed completely and nobody told us anything so we had to change our training. We were gonna do all the work that we had done in the training that we were gonna do. Well it was in vain and we had to wing it last minute!! AHH Thats what gets me so stressed in the mission when we have to wing things. I am the AP in the hot lands so i coordinated everything for all of the missionaries in the hotlands to go stay in an area in bogota, how to go to the chapel, how the training was gonna be and everything, but in bogota everythin changed and it was like i was a chicken with my head cut off!! AHH!! It gets me stressed!! President is new and his new Aps in bogota are new. I'm not mad but they are just learning and ahh it was a lot of strings we had to connect at last minute!! But it was great, its part of the culture here!! haha!! Change everything last minute and pray that it works out haha!! Then president did a change in the transfers and he changed my comp, who i was gonna train and then changed his mind back to before haha!! It was hialrious!! Stuff like that gets me stressed!! But the day finally came to an end. Bogota forgot about the finacial stuff so i was with Elder Steed workin our tails off trying to orgainze all fo the payments for transport and food and stay for all of the missionaries haha!! But we got that all settled out! But i was grateful to get home on Wednesday night with my child Elder Huckbody from Wisconsin!! haha!! He is gonna be fun!! We are enjoying our time together!! I love the train it is the best, but it is hard training and being AP. We run around alot organizing trainings, meetings, and multi zone conferences solving problems and all and trying to give you good a good experience in the mission field. Well its a bit stressful but its been fun. He keeps me on my toes!! Right now we gringos come not knowing spanish so we have fun studying in the bus and walking an all we have fun!!

Elder Pesado left yesterday, i am sad to see him go! He was a great companion. I learned alot from him. He was the best comp that i have killed!! But before he left we had a baptism saturday night!! Jenifer Pinto got baptized!! YA!! She is woooow!! Super hardcore great testimony I love teachin her. We are now teaching her parents and her brother and we are activating three of her brothers right now!! It is super!! WE have such grerat times with them!!

Well yesterday we were coming home and in the lobby to our apartment complex the guards were having some fight with some dude who was athiest. We are good friends with the guards of our complex so they called us over to talk to the dude so we were like tight! I went over just talked to the dude normally and just conversed nothin more. Then he started telling us that he once was catholic and that he was then lutheran and has been with all the churchs and made the conclusion that all churches are liars and that god doesnt exist! I just kept talking to him and read in 2 nefi 2 about how there is opisicion in all things and that yes there is a God. I love tlaking to athesist because it is straight up testimony time!! I love it! And this guy knows the scriptures so we could cite scriptures and he knew what i was talkin about and all! I loved it!! so we had to get going and before i could even ask he was like hey come to my house i like your sermon haha! I was like well thanks. and so we have and discussion today with the gaurds of our apartment complex and the athesist dude today!! haha! It was such a spiritaul experience!! I loved it!! How the lord can use his servants!! I can really feel his guiding hand in my life as we do our best to serve him adn we sacrifice as missionaries we come t omeet the people God wants us to meet!! IT was a great week in the work of the Lord i am more excited now that ever to be a missionary, i have seen the miracles i have felt His love and guidance and its a love that never runs out it the Holy Ghost that motivates us to keep going!! With my new comp Elder huckbody i am ready to go!! He may not speak much spanish but he speaks from his heart and is an exceellent comp!! I am glad that he will be my last comp. It will be challenge training right now, of course it will but with sacrifce brings forth the blessing of Heaven. I know that cuz i have lived and experimented it for myself!! I love this gospel and being a servant of the most high God. Elder Hammer

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