Matt's scripture for the week

Therefore, … whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely;

Alma 42:27

Saturday, February 11, 2012

EE 20

Hello....                                                                                     8 Feb 2012
So how are yall doing!! I haven’t heard much from yall.  Momma I got your letter, thank you for sending that! I have a couple letters I need to send out to everyone.
This week has been a little slow.  My new comp doesn’t have the energy that Alexis had so I kind of have to pick up the slack.  But that’s okay I’ll learn from it – we are all different. However, my comp teaches like no other.  He can talk about anything he wants to and can convince people into doing anything.  haha.
We had an awesome lesson this week where we invited the Vargas family; they are converts of about 6 years to the church and are really awesome.  We invited them to come teaching with us to one of our investigators.  The investigators are a young couple named Yajaida and Richard.  While walking over to their house we explained to the Vargas family what we were going to teach and what they could do in sharing their testimonies, etc.  Welp, we thought that we had it planned out perfectly. Sometimes coaching the families we take with us helps the discussion stay on track and in a reasonable time frame.  So we started the lesson – the lesson was on the Book of Mormon - and honestly right in the middle of the lesson Sister Vargas (Dolores, the mom ) stops us and starts to explain how the Book of Mormon and the Bible are like a family, and how they both support each other, which is true … but then she went off into wonderland talking about how she has 4 kids and none of them do anything wrong and how old they are and how they grew up.... she talked for about 5 minutes, and then she finished. I thought, Oh my where did that come from? As far as our part of the lesson went it was close to a disaster – completely off of where we wanted to go with the lesson… but, when we looked over at Yajaida and asked her a follow up question, she answered our it, then went off about her family as well.  I don’t know if our lesson even mattered, but what Hermana Dolores said did!  and it’s what Yajaida needed to hear. It’s crazy because I was so nervous at the time, wondering what the heck - but then we realized that all of that needed to happen.  Sister Vargas later said that she felt prompted to talk about families - pretty cool! ha.
Also there was a baptism this weekend with the other Elders of Pueblo Nuevo.  They had it in our chapel because their building is getting air conditioning installed. They got there on Saturday at about 6:00 pm and we showed up just a little later. When it got close to seven no one was there from their ward to show support. They were so embarrassed. So I got on the phone and invited our whole world to the baptism.  They had to get their Bishop there so it would be valid- dot the I’s and cross the T’s - but wow at exactly 7:00 pm three families showed up and we had a baptism and it was perfect!  Our ward is really coming around.
We have a sad situation as well with a couple that we are teaching. The girl is 19 and the guy is almost 30 and they have a 3 year old kid together.  He wants to get married, but she wants to be a teenager still and do things – not be “locked down”.  So we are still trying to put it in her head that she needs to face the consequences and reality, ha, and become the Mom and example for her son, and how she can’t really just do whatever…. she is having the hardest time trying to figure out what she wants to do.  Having a baby that early in life kind of takes away a bunch of options and realizing that is really hard for her!!! Play now pay later- yup kind of difficult when the bill is due, no?
We finally had a full sacrament meeting for like the first time since I’ve been here. We worked so hard the last week to get the members.... no the investigators, but the members to church, and wow they came.  We had about 85 people in sacrament meeting, it was sweet! It would have been great if any of our investigators showed up.  but what do ya do -  shoulder to wheel, right!
Welp,,, happy February , best month in the world, full of love and .... Grandpa Francom’s, David’s, and my birthdays....



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