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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Elder Nelson and the Flower Girl‏

It has been a truly amazing week. We suddenly have new investigators and people progressing and more lessons. God is truly blessing us. But still, this week has gone by slowly! Maybe because I am close to the end? Haha. I am really enjoying it but it feels like a week ago was last month.

So we are teaching an inactive couple "A" and "O". "A" a little more receptive, but "O" would always hide when we came. Imagine a 35 yr old tattooed long-haired man that's always drinking on the corner with his friends. Well, we finally got him to participate with us this week because we brought a member with us that they knew. By the end, he was crying because he felt the spirit, and this Sunday he came to church for the first time in several years! "A" has come a couple times before. It was a miracle! We are hoping he can keep his animo up. I love seeing the spirit touch people's hearts. This is why the members really need to be involved in less active work.
We had a conference with the one and only Elder Nelson this Friday! It was amazing. I was chosen to be the piano player, but I was a foolish virgin and arrived late to the wedding feast (and by late I mean 30 minutes early) so they found another preludist. I still played the hymns though, and we all got to shake his hand. He spoke a lot about the House of Israel, and our role as Ephraim and Manassehites haha. His wife talked about how she wishes we could have a premortal DVD player to see our premortal selves, and that we all have a premortal to do list with things we covenanted to do while on earth. It was amazing.

Something unusual that happened this week is that we stopped by the house of a gypsy girl we met crying the other day to see how she was doing, because her husband had died. We met her mom and offered service, like we always do. For the first time, someone accepted the offer haha and we spent an hour and a half cleaning their house (it was filthy.) Their culture is wayyy different than ours, but it was interesting. 

Our stake also had a conference with Elder Christensen from the Presidency of the 70. It was amazing as well. I played a really cool version of Praise to the Man for the stake choir--I almost had a heart attack because when I got there in the morning I realized I was missing a page, but thankfully a week ago we made photocopies of the music for another Elder as the backup director, so I got the page back. There was this lady that came up to me drunk before the reunion started with her daughter who had a branch of flowers it looked like she pulled off a tree, and the woman said to me in a hippy voice, ''Where can she put these flowers? They are an offering of love!'' I directed her to the stake counselor haha I dk what he did.
So to end, I would like to announce that I am now a professional bread maker. A man in my ward gave me his recipe and it turned out amazingly! I put onion, tomato, and oregano in some of the rolls, sooo good.
 Grapefruit mate
 Giant rat or dog? You decide. (ok, it's an albino scooby doo dog. It was scarier in person. Its eyes were red.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Welp, I'm on my last change. It was so funny because there is this old lady in my ward that comes up to me every Sunday and tells me how much she loves how I play the piano. Well, I was telling another ward member this Sunday that in 6 weeks, I am leaving. She overheard and said, ''You are leaving? Are you going to serve a mission?'' I told her, ''I am already a missionary here'' and showed her my plaque. She just said, ''Oh.'' Hahahaha.

Halloween was fun. We were roaming the streets and seeing all the costumes haha. Some houses even offered us candy, pretty sweet.

Pics:  The first real scarecrow I have seen in my life! Pretty exciting. By real scarecrow, I mean one whose actual function is to scare crows.
I now know what my first child will be for Halloween.
 And I now know what my second child will be for Halloween.
  This was my costume--a tree! See it? See it?
 A metal horse thingy.
 Justin Bieber got baptized, and I got the honor of playing the piano! He is so cute!

making aji de gallina for pday