Monday, May 16, 2016

Elder Rasband is coming!!!!!!!

So this week went pretty well, we had a lot of work to do and not as much time as we would have liked. This whole week has gone crazy fast, the days just go by like the blink of an eye. 

So first off, we're going to have a baptism this Saturday!!!!!! His name is Jorge and he is super good. He is the boyfriend of another recent convert, Natalia, and they are both young adults who are special. Jorge doesn't talk a whole lot but has a huge desire to be baptized. Because he is a special case we asked our mission president if we could baptize him, and he said we could as long as he had the support of the branch and the permission of the parents. This week we were able to get all of that done and so he is all ready for baptism on Saturday!!!! 

Also, we have a new investigator who is pretty amazing. We started teaching him a week ago, the Friday before Mother's Day. He is 18 years old and has already been to church twice!!! He has a baptism date for the 28th and he is super excited! He really likes English as well and it is pretty fun to try and talk to him. 

Update on Carol, we are still working on getting her to stop smoking, we are a little worried that she might become an eternal investigator. But on Friday we could have an appointment with her and we set really clear goals for her to stop smoking to be baptized on the 28th as well. She has been making some big progress and is stopping little by little, I am sure that by the end of this week she can give it up. 

Transfers come already on the 29th,  and I'm kinda afraid im going to be leaving Girardot. I'm really hoping I can stay 6 more weeks, I'm not quite ready to be leaving here. These next two weeks we should be seeing lots of miracles and lots of baptisms!!!!!

That was this week, we also found some new people and have some good investigators.

This week is going to be super crazy as well, today I'm going to be starting an exchange with one of the assistants to the president! Super nervous!!! It is going to be interesting, We have a pretty good day planned so it should go well. Also this week on Friday we are going to be having interviews with President Baquerizo!! It´ll be nice to talk to him once again. 

ELDER RASBAND is going to come to visit all of us missionaries here in the mission on June 4th, so like yeah, that's going to happen, we are going to have an apostle of the Lord come visit us. Super super exciting!!!!!

Lots of crazy stuff going on here in Colombia, but now I think I´ll answer some of your questions mom. 

Christmas and New years are big holidays, and also there is a kinda independence day like we have the 4th of July but I don't know what day it is. Oh yeah, Semana Santa is HUGE, everybody is catholic so everybody celebrates it XD
There are tons of little shops you can go to, pretty much in any corner you can find a small shop that´ll have the basic stuff you need. And then for the bigger stuff there are also bigger grocery stores. There are pretty much anything you can think of for employment here, from being a lawyer to juggling in the street in front of a intersection and asking for money. 

Every job here pays really little for a lot of work, so a lot of time people are really poor. 

So yeah, that's pretty much it. The mission is the greatest experience, the people are the
best part.

Elder Kendall 
Here's our team, we did pretty good, ton of fun!

We didn't break it... unless you count the super high scores that it couldn't compute!!!

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