Monday, December 21, 2015

12-15-15 to 12-21-15 Many blessings!‏

This week was great!  The 2 highlights had to be a family we found this week and the zone conference we had Friday. 

Tuesday was pretty average, we just practiced our Christmas song for the zone conference and taught some families that we had contacted. 

Wednesday we spent most the day contacting families in the street and we got a TON lined up for Thursday!

Thursday we taught 3 new familes and got 9 new investigators!  As a result we had 2 great miracles.  First we went to the house of a lady we contacted but her mom answered the door instead.  Turns out she listened to the missionaries 2 years ago and lost contact with them when the missionaries left and she changed houses.  We asked her why she thinks God lead us to her house again and she said "maybe to finish what i didnt do in the first place."  Amazing how God guides our path!  The other miracle was that we went to the address of a lady we contacted and I guess she gave us the wrong address!  But the gentleman who answered the door was very polite so we told him how we wanted to share a message about Christmas sometime and he was like "alright, come on in".  Haha we were like "OKAY!".  Again, oh how amazing is it how the Lord places people in our path.  It is a family of 4, both pàrents married, 2 sons ages 13 and 21 and theyre like 1/2 Catholic because they don't really know any other way to worship God.  For us that's like striking Gold hahah. 

Friday was the zone conference!  Every year President does a "fun" zone conference, and he likes to do it around Christmas.  We watched a movie, had a Book of Mormon Trivia and did skits/Christmas Carols.  it was a great time!  The zones present were Palmira, Tulua and Zarzal.  I got to see Lots of my mission buddies including Elders Muñoz, Solorio, Ludwig, Paskett and Inman!  It was a great time!  Tulua and Zarzal has a super Rivalry right now because the zone leader right now, Elder Rojas (my ZL from Ipiales and the old assistant) was Elder Gomez's comp so it was super tense!  But we beat them in the BoM trivia!  WOOHOO!  For our skit-carol-thing we sang With Wondering Awe, then changed into the classic Colombia "Cumbia" outfits and played a Christmas Version of "La Bamba" by Los Lobos.  It turned out great!  I played guitar, Gomez bongos, Elder Giles the cowbell, Elder Palma the Giro, Sister Panduro on the piano and Sister Magaña on the maracas.  We had fun but a district from Palmira won (i'm guessing because it was just too tense between us and Tulua haha).  But we had a great time.

Saturday we had a good zone meeting and talked about asking questions which actually helped me a lot (i was the one teaching haha) its what i needed to better myself.  Lately ive just felt blank in the lessons and having talked much but asking questions is getting me back to my old self!  This transfer has been strange haha but im good now.  That night we taught the Arias family (the golden family we found Thursday) the restoration and it went really well!  The spirit was super strong. 

Sunday we had 7 investigators come to church. Nabor and Mery with his family and The Arias family!  Wow we were happy that new family came it just proves theyre ready. Nabor and Mery couldnt get baptized because he worked, but im not worried because they're 100% converted.  The rest of the day was slow because Elder Gomez got super sick. 

So today we just cleaned and organized the house because all the houses we were gonna rent wont rent to us for a billion different problems, so looks like we're passing Christmas 4 in a house.  Bummer. But everything happens for a reason!  

Have an Excellent Christmas this week and remember
Elder Welch

District Zarzal in traditional Cumbia outfits :)

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