Thank you so much for the emails. Dawnstarr thanks it sounds like all the Pilchers are doing really well. Mom, I guess it´s good I´m not around right now, since I haven´t had the chicken pox (well maybe) it´s still in debate I guess. Jack I hope you get feeling better soon. aunt Janie, wow, sounds like a blast. I hope your birthday was great! Oh and Betsy I like the names, don´t waver, stay strong. Oh and no, I differ from Scott in that I am not really one to go off on adventures and travel the World. I prefer to stay around home and enjoy the local fun. I guess I´m just more boring than he is. Oh well. I can´t wait to see pictures when she finally comes!!!!
As for me here in Argentina...there was a few days of rain this week, yeah! Oh, but the day before the rain was horrible, yuck, so muggy and humid and hot. I was so glad when I woke up the next day to RAIN. It has been a little cooler though, not as bad as January, my companion says that it is still pretty hot all through March. I really hope she´s wrong.
Okay, and as for spiritual things....This week was much better than the last. It really is interesting how life can be like a roller coaster, ups on day and downs the next. It is just like Lehi says there must needs be an opposition in all things, without it we would never appreciate anything. I have a lot of gratitude for all of the blessings I´ve seen this week, in the lives of our investigators and my companion and I.
We are excited we have two investigators with baptismal dates, Jorge and Gina . Gina is 8 and her father is a less active member, her mother is not a member of the church and at first was against the idea of her getting baptized. We talked to them together and the father, John really stood up for the church and the gospel. He wants to come back, but he´s not living the law of chastity, as in they aren´t married, and feels like he is an outsider. We are going to try and work more with him and assure him that with the Lord all things are possible and that through repentance he can feel the love of the Lord more than at any other time. We need to talk to the both of them again this week to confirm the baptism and make sure that the mother, is still okay with it.
We also had a great lesson yesterday with Pablo, he has been having a rough couple of weeks, but he did come to church this week. His religious history is Evangelical and so he has a bit of reservation to leave what he knows and move on to something else. We´ve been trying to explain that it is just more, like before he was able to see but his vision was blurred and the restored gospel is like having glasses to see everything clearly. It isn´t different just more defined. Well yesterday we asked if he had prayed or not to know if the Book of Mormon is true, he says that he knows it´s true and an inspired book, but hasn´t prayed about it. We assured him that if he prays he will get an answer. We also talked about real intent and what that means. We watched ¨the restoration¨ and he really liked it. He committed to ask specifically about the Book of Mormon and if it is truly the word of God.
We have also been having some success working with our recent convert Luz Maria, she is a great little missionary. She has been talking to all of her neighbors and introducing us to several of them. One of which is Jorge, he´s really great and came to church yesterday as well. He was a little hesitant to accept a baptismal date at first, since he was baptised in the Catholic church when he was a baby. We explained about authority and also Moroni chapter 8. He also has a few issues with organized religion in general because everyone is so different and all claim they have the truth, needless to say he really related with Joseph Smith. We have another lesson with him tonight and are very excited. I am definitely gaining a strong testimony of the importance of recent converts.
Okay that´s all I got for you this week.
I love you all and will write again next week (as if there were any doubt of that)