Monday, October 31, 2011

Loving San Pedro

With this change, I stayed in San Pedro.  It's nice to see it grow.  We had a baptism Friday. I don't have time to send pictures.  Sorry.  My new companion is from Chile. He's pretty cool. His name is Elder Arestizabal. It's pretty hard to say. Things have been going pretty well here, thanks for your prayers. We have four really good investigators that have been progressing well, and the ward is doing pretty well with its new bishop. Recently 8 ward missionaries were called, and hopefully that will help with everything. I had almost forgotten that today is Halloween! Here the main thing is "Día de los muertos" or Day of the Dead. It's a national holiday and everyone visits the cemeteries to honor their dead.   Well, I'll try to keep a handle of everything here, and I hope you all enjoy your Halloween and the rest of the week!


Greg gets ready for Halloween with his clever costume

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Great Week

 We have been doing really great lately. We just had an awesome week. We're teaching lots of people and things are going really well! We're going to have a baptism this Friday. We have two really great families (small but good ones) that are progressing toward baptism.  I gave a talk Sunday; it went really well!  Tomorrow we get new companions.  I know I am staying in this ward, which makes me happy because things are really starting to take off.  I'm getting the hang of this and learning the rhythm of the work.  It is keeping me really busy and it's great.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moving Ahead

The family we helped move really seems to love the Church.  They need to keep learning and get married and everything, but it's going well so far.  The dad has tons of interest.  He's been reading and understands everything.  They have been to Church twice and are excited to learn.  The brother in the ward who let us use his truck talked about the experience in Sacrament Meeting.  He said that in the beginning, he thought he was going to earn some money for the work, but when he realized it was a service project he went ahead anyway.  He realized afterward that the satisfaction he might have had with 20 soles would be temporary, but the satisfaction of having served another family in need and helping them find the Gospel grants him a much longer-lasting pleasure.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Moving Others

Loading the truck to help a family move
I am pictured with my district leader.  So, we had met a family one day and offered to help them move. They were from Tumbes, another city that's pretty far away to the north, and they didn't have family or anything.  It turned out that the day that they had to move, they only had 10 soles for lunch, and renting a truck was going to cost 50.  We managed to get a member to bring his truck and the Bishop and his brother and their friend helped us to get them moved.  They did it all in like ... four trips.  The family was really happy and came to all three hours of Church yesterday.  They liked it all a lot and hopefully will keep progressing.  It surprised and impressed me what a huge difference that a simple two hour service project might end up making in their lives.  They already love the Church and the members, and we haven't even taught them yet :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Training

 This week has been pretty short to me. I had two days of training conferences or whatever you'd call it in English and then two days of General Conference right after. I don't remember if I mentioned this, but I'm technically a trainer now, since our third companion had to take someone else's place who had gone home. I don't know if I could say that I'm prepared, but I'm trying to measure up.


Taking a break between sessions of the General Conference broadcast

Meeting up with Tochiro at the General Conference Broadcast