This past week was so so cool but really sad. Great times finding, teaching, interacting with the investigators, members of the ward, and my zone. But I got transferred! Never get to comfortable! Right! Haha. There is still so much to do, I just get to do it in another city.
We had some of the coolest lessons and we got the chance to meet some really cool people. In Navarrete we found and were working with a kid named Dinelson, who is 20 years old. He is and always has been someone that spends all of his time in the street drinking and hanging out, but when we got the chance to talk to him and explain to him what our message is about and how it can change our lives he was really impressed and now really wants to learn about the gospel. We found out that his cousin is a member and has just returned from serving a mission in El Salvador. The cousin will be able to help out a lot.
We had a fireside that our ward mission leader planned. It went so so well. One of our investigators that has a hard time committing to any meeting came! She really liked it. The ward mission leader only talked about Joseph Smith. So she got really confused in what and in whom we believe. But on the other hand, it provided a great opportunity for us to be able to teach her more about the gospel and of Jesus Christ and prophets. So all in all it was a win.
Christopher, the atheist, and Eduardo his friend (that I’ve written about before) are going to get baptized the 11th of May!!!!!!! They just joined the ward choir and participate in almost all of the ward meeting and activities. He said that he was an atheist but I think that he just hadn’t had any background in religion and it was just easier to say that he didn’t believe in God. NOW he KNOWS God lives, knows him and loves him, and that Jesus Christ is his Savior!
On a personal note it’s just too bad that I won’t be able to be there for their baptisms. It’s always hard leaving an area, and the people that you have influenced and that have influenced you, but exciting to work hard in a different area and zone see what develops.
I’ve been called back to serve back in the greater Santiago area in a place called Cien Fuegos (100 fires ). It’s on the very west side of Santiago and from what I understand it’s not the garden of Eden! Haha! I got transferred from Navarrete to Cien Fuegos to finish the last two transfers of my mission. My comp is Elder Santana. He’s a really young Dominican missionary that just finished with his trainer. I am going to love being with him. It’s almost as fun as training cause you get this raw, excited missionary who really wants to learn and bring the gospel to the world paired with a missionary who can help channel and continue to train and guide. I hope and expect to continue serving and seeing miracles in this area just as I have in the other areas I have served in. I know that Heavenly Father knows us each individually and puts us in places and time where we can help his children best and grow ourselves.
I love this mission experience!
Love yall and hug my nieces for me!
ELDER MATT GRINER
misión santiago RD
My friend Arturo From Arroyo Hondo that we contaced. He was just baptized!