I'm glad my family at home can get to the temple in three hours. Here, the temples are at least eight hours away, and members have to travel in buses together because cars aren't really an option. This week, they announced the temple in Guayaquil, Ecuador, will be closed for a short time--right when our branch members were planning a trip--so they will have to search for another chance. A new temple is being built in Trujillo, Perú, which is about five hours away, and it will be a big blessing here.
We had nine investigators at Church this week. It is exciting, but I know that progress for them will be slow until they start making important commitments. It is necessary for couples to be married, for instance. It is also important for people to understand the commitments they are making when they get baptized, to be converted to the Gospel and not just the Church. So we will hope to help these people make progress toward their goals.