Monday, July 28, 2014

The Office

Hi there family,

Well here's the first letter from the office. I'm sitting 3 feet from President and life is wonderful. This week was so fast I can't even believe it. I'm freaking out with the work I have to do but its okay. I'm learning little by little. Elder Gygi is the Sec. that I'm replacing and he's been here for 6 months. In other words, he does everything really really fast and I do everything really really slow. He knows every missionary by name and I'm still not to that point. This morning we've been working hard on Informes that we are giving to the President to talk with all the stake presidents so I'm writing you all with in my 10 minute breaks. I really have no idea what i'm doing.

But thats just today. This week was really hard. Mostly because the entire ward found out that I was leaving and everyone wanted to say goodbye and have me over for dinner or lunch and we had investigators to visit so I said no to a ton of people... This is why its so much better to not know before hand if youre changing.

I'm not really thinking straight right now because we have so much to do here before cambios so this might be a little shorter than ususal and maybe a bit all over the place. I'll send lots of pictures though.

This week first off we had another Baptism which was really special. Jessica Pinto, una joven that we met in church one day accepted our visits and we have been teaching her for a while now. She had her interview this week and was baptized on saturday. Her whole family came to church on sunday for her confirmacion and they all really liked it. We are now teaching their whole family and they are on their way to baptism too. Saturday was one of the coldest days that we've had here and there is not a heater for the water in the pila bautismal. It was really really cold. I can't imagine what it was like to go completely under. But she didn't mind too much. 

This past friday I came into the office again as an intercambio to learn how to purchase flights and hotels and to finish cambios. I went into a meeting with President Willard for about a hour and a half and I helped him decide who was getting moved where and who needed to change and who was good and all that jazz. It was really neat to see his preocupacion for every single one of the missionaries here in the mission. He really is a man called by God. I'm excited to work directly with him for the next 6 months. 

Other than that not much happened this week. I'm trying to think...

Oh. Yes. A misunderstanding in spanish. Elder Funk was talking and he was trying to say chocolate but he said "chacalate" It was pretty funny. We got a good laugh out of that. We decided that chacalate is a small wild animal that only lives here in Bolivia. It just rolls around all day. This is what we think about as missionaries. I'm pretty sure they brain wash us here. 

Well I wanted to share one thing in Alma 36. I love this chapeter for a lot of reasons. The biggest is the promises that we recieve from our Heavely Father of the joy and happiness we can have.

So thats all I wrote last Monday. I literally had so much to do that I couldn't even send that message to you all. I'm sorry. But I'm writing a new one today. Love you lots.

Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Gehring

Ward activity

A hat this member gave me

Baptism of Jessica

Food in the oficinas

Familia Vazquez

Bishop Balderrama

More of the baptism

I'm a giant

Garcia family

Photo shoot

Other of the baptism

More photo shoot

More photo shoot

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