Monday, February 28, 2011

Looking up!

  Hey everyone, the good news this week was that it went better for us, finally. After a good weeks worth of hard work, we finally have some people we're teaching. Hallelujah.

  Here's a few of the people we're now teaching. We began teaching the girlfriend of a member (28 year old RM). She's Peruvian and she came to church the last 2 times. So we told the RM, whos name is Axel, that we wanted to teach her, he agreed, and we taught her twice this week. The first we got to know her and stuff, and the second time, we taught lesson one, the restoration and it went really well. She said she was very curious and excited to ask if these things were true. The problem, however, is that this RM didn't make the best choices after his mission, and they're living together. They both know that they have to get married though, so we'll see how that goes. Carmen couldn't come to church this week, because she had to go work, but we're hoping that she's already prayed and asked to know if these things are true.
  We also began to teach the family of an inactive hermano, who has attended church a few times wanting to get reactivated. Yesterday we went by and began teaching the whole family, him, and his wife and two sons, who aren't members. Once again, the problem there is that they aren't married, and it seems like the hermano needs to get divorced first........oof. But we're gonna still work with them as a family and start with the two sons.
  And yesterday we went by a reference from the elders from the sector next to ours, a guy they contacted in the street and gave a BoM to. We go by, talked to him for a bit in front of his house, and got an appointment for tonight. The good news though....he's already married to his wife! What a miracle! It really is rare to find that sometimes. But we're hoping and praying for some success with this family too.
  And those are basically who we're teaching at the moment. Things are moving along nicely in this ward. Finally.
  Other news from the week. We had the newest RM from the ward go out with us twice this week. He got home less than a month ago, and he's a machine. He's super good at missionary work, it's crazy. The thing I like best about him is that he's really really bold. With the reference guy, when we were talking to him and his wife, out of nowhere, the RM goes, so how long have you been married? It was pretty funny, and with the inactive hermano, he just laid it out for them how they were committing a serious sin and they need to get married. And the cool thing was was that no one got offended haha. Gabo (the RM), said that being bold isn't a problem here in this culture, and that no one gets offended at all. So I think that's something I wanna work on.
Thursday we got to go to the temple, it was really cool. Like always.
  And guess what happened exactly a year ago yesterday? The gigantic earthquake. So that was like a big day for the Chileans.
  And that was the week. Things are looking up, and we're happy. A lot happier now and less frustrated because we're having a slight degree of success. I'm excited for whats to come. I no longer dread getting out of bed every morning knowing that we had no one to teach and had nothing to do but knock, which wasn't working. It's been a rough part of my mission but it's been good. A character builder haha.
  Not much else to report. I can't believe we're already in March, basically. Hope everythings going well back at home. I'm doing just fine, doing my best to keep going strong til the finish line. Love you all!

Elder Aaron Mayberry

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