This week was a good one!
So Tuesday was pretty good! I was confused in the morning when we went to the chapel in Morichal for the district meeting, and it was full of young students dancing "salsa choke" in the chapel part! im pretty sure that is super unallowed. i guess the bishop "lent out" the chapel to a school for 3 days to help them out and to do some missionary work. But dancing in the chapel? I felt uncomfortable about it. A good lesson we had was with Nai. We explained the importance of tithing and fast offerings. After explaining it, she seemed to think it was really beautiful and nice how we use the money to help others. She also gave us some yummy arroz con leche (rice pudding)! The other good lesson that day was with a less active named G. We read the 1st presidency message from the 2015 September Ensign on prayer, and she cried sharing how she never forgets to pray. She said when she does, she feels the need to return to the church, but sometime stops her. It was spiritual, and we explained the difference of promptings from God and from the devil, and how she can tell. I think in time she'll come back. The bishop is gonna work to help her.
Wednesday was kinda sub par. To prepare for the conference with Elder Uceda, I went to the stake center to practice piano. I got Juventud de Israel down but was iffy on Estandartes al Señor. All day we found no one home but That night we got some lasagna from a less active so i couldnt complain really.
Thursday was the day! Elder Uceda! It was a wonderful conference and from 12 to 9, the time had never gone more quickly! I really want to be a better "Preach My Gospel" missionary. We learned about speaking with the heart, true love for those we teach, being humble, patient, persistent, having true intent etc. We also studied some ways to read the scriptures more effectively. He talked about how if you look at a chess board and ask "how many squares are there?" youll say "64". But really, there's more! if you look closely, there are actually 204. So when we read the scriputures, and look at the meanings of words, or the words chosen, we can find "hidden squares". I loved it. He also talked a lot about how the Latino missionaries should learn English because the English version of the scriptures is the most accurate. So feel grateful for your English sciptures!
(He also said that Elder Uceda gave him a "thumbs up" after he played the piano so it must have went well.)
Friday was a hard day. We had a hard time finding people home again. That night we had a lesson with Nai, and we shared an article on the Book of Mormon from the July 2015 Ensign. To be honest, im not sure what she was thinking. I just want her glasses to get here so she can read it!
Saturday was the Colombian version of Valentines day! the day is called "Day of Love and Friendship" or "Día de Amor y Amistad". We had a hard time finding people home but we had a GREAT talk with the bishop! We talked about how we can better work together to move the work forward. He wants us to call him daily to coordinate and to work together. We're so lucky to have him as our bishop! He also wants to help us find investigators through the ward counsel which will be SUPER nice!
Sunday was great! Thanks to the bishop, we had 6 investigators attend church, one being Nai! It was her first time, and everyone was being great to make her feel welcome! That night we had a FHE with some kids from YSA and our investigators Liz and Caro. It was alright, we played games, heard a message on "spreading light" and ate arepas with eggs!
Today was just your average Pday. Soccer and relaxing. I love you all, and hope you all have a great week!Elder Welch