Monday, January 19, 2015

01-13-15 to 01-19-15

This week has been really productive!  So Monday night we set a date to baptize the father of our less active, Viviana!  It's for the 31st of this month but it honestly won't happen because he works every Sunday.  It sucks because they're family is really poor so he can't really afford to try and change jobs.  So keep him in your prayers!  Tuesday was incredibly slow which is strange.  Tuesdays aren't usually slow.  We had 2 appointments, one with Gyovani and his fam, and the other with some members.  Something huge with the family of Gyovani is they're actually reading the Book of Mormon finally!  But they didn't come to church.  Again.  It's so frustrating, they have almost half a year with missionaries, and can't come to church?  Sadly if they don't progress we're advised to take a break from teaching them for a while because sometimes they just aren't ready.  So I'm praying they'll be willing to make some changes here soon.  With the members we just chatted and I played guitar for them!  It was fun, it's always cool to show my talents and make people happy!  Wednesday was really interesting.  So at lunch we were talking to Karen, and she said at 5 in the morning she was up to shower then she went back to bed.  And she had a dream where a little girl told her to wake up because there was gas in the house.  So she woke up really fast and heard something, and in the kitchen, the gas stove was turned all the way on.  And everyone in the house was sleeping.  So she was pretty shooken up.  Either someone was in the house, or who knows.  Spirits or what.  So interesting!  Later that day we went to a barrio further away in our area that we've never contacted and we met lots of cool people., including a reference giving to us by the sister missionaries!  The sister of our reference was feeling lots of pain so she asked us to give her a blessing!  Interesting for a first contact where they don't even have any lessons!  Lots of faith!  Later that day we were talking with some other less actives, and they said the aunt was sleeping and felt something pressing on her chest and she couldn't move.  What's worse is she's the 3rd person in that room that's had that experience.  Crazy to hear 2 of these types of things in one day!  But none asked us to bless their house.  Interesting.  Thursday Elder Solorio had to do baptismal interviews with the investigators of Mejia and Bello because he's the district leader so I went on divisions with Mejia.  We just changed pensionists and she's awesome!  Soooo yummy!  It was hard to find appointments but we contacted and got some really awesome references.  But since it was so slow, we decided to go check out the city Pupiales about 15 min away that's in my area.  It's a really cool quiet place, but it was a bit hard to contact so we just returned after about an hour.  Friday was awesome.  In the morning I went with Solorio and the sister missionaries to interview one of the sister's converts.  She passed haha and after that we went to a home of an older woman named El.  They are so so poor.  Their home is all dirt floors, and falling apart.  El is very very sick right now so we gave her a blessing.  It was really sad when the sisters would say "you should go to the hospital" and she would say "no hay plata no hay plata" which means "there's no money."  She couldn't even pay for the taxi to the hospital which is only 2 dollars.  So we helped her pay the taxi and she went to the hospital.  After El, we went to visit Nel, one of our contacts from Thursday.  Holy cow is she prepared by the Lord.  We literally talked for 2 hours.  About life, the restoration, jokes, stories. etc.  She's SO golden.  Exactly what I need honestly.  SO awesome!  Saturday since we had so many Baptisms for Mejia and Bello, Solorio and I only got to have one appointment.  She's another new investigator that we contacted and she's pretty awesome too!  She said she's always wanted to know which church is true so this is cool that she can search and find out whether we are the true church or not!  I think our invitation is so unique to others.  Read ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon. We don't try to convince, we only invite.  Awesome.  The plan was to have 3 baptisms.  But 2 didn't show up and Bryan the younger boy being baptized was an hour late.  But he was baptized none the less!  Always cool to attend baptisms.  Yesterday was alright.  The attendance is a lot better in our branch but once again: 0 attending were our investigators.  It's pretty frustrating honestly, when we work so hard and they cant give up 3 hours of their Sunday for God.  I'm just praying to know what im doing wrong so I can help them.  Yesterday night we met with some of our less actives, one of which who has a boyfriend who's an investigator.  I love them haha and Daniel the boyfriend always has such interesting questions.  Last night being about whether or not the Divinci Code is true, and whether or not Judas Iscariot received forgiveness.  Interesting topics, right?  Today we just went to the border of Ecuador.  You don't need anything to pass so yeah, I was in Ecuador today hahah. After we bought watermelon and here we are.  So yeah, great week!  We're working hard to find new people and it's great!  Love you all!

Elder Welch


The whole Cali Mission-October 2014

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