Week #65 – Blessings, Blessings!- March 28th, 2016

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WELLLLLL this week was pretty great!!! We baptized three people, and I also had the opportunity to do interchanges with a pair of Elders in our Zone where I was ale to do three more baptism interviews and pump them up to be baptized as well. It was a great week on the baptism side of things!

Our new three converts are Fa**, Ke***, and Ra****. I want to comment a little about the three of them. They are all SO SPECIAL!!! I love them so much. I really love Mexican people. Who knows why but a family from Utah was in our ward on Sunday and I felt weird talking to them. I just wanted to be with my good Mexican buddies and talk about the cholos and eat some tacos….. Hahaha.

But first would be Fa*** and Ke***. Fa*** is 17 and Ke*** is 10! They are soooo cool. We found them about a month ago and they were so chosen. From the start they were so excited to be baptized and LOVE the church so much. They had a ton of friends at the baptism service and on Sunday and signed up for EFY and they are really excited to see conference for the first time this Sunday. Their mom is also really cool and wants to be baptized but she works on Sundays so she has only been to church three times and can’t go ever Sunday, but she has plans to be baptized here pretty quick as well.

Ra***!!! his story is pretty amazing. The companionship before me found him about a week before we got to the sector. He actually contacted the missionaries and invited them over to his house, but was super, super drunk, so they didn’t go back, and thought he was just being sarcastic about his interest in the church. In the lesson my companion told him to stop drinking. About a month later they were on the street and some guy comes running after them….and it was Ra***! He was mad because they never came, and told them since the day that he had met with the missionaries, he had not drank a drop of alcohol and he said he wanted to be a Mormon!!! hahahah so we’ve been teaching him the lessons. He was baptized on Saturday! I had the opportunity to baptize him, and when he came out of the water and the witnesses of the baptism closed the doors, he told me… “they did it, I can’t believe they did it. They made me a Mormon.” hahaha it made me laugh. But he’s doing great and super excited for this Sunday as well.

As Lehi says, there is an opposition in all things. We baptized three but for us it was a hard week. We knocked over 100 doors but only found 5 or 6 people new people to teach. We still taught a ton of lessons but felt like our level dropped a little bit. We are going to hit it even harder this week. Honestly, we have been setting a really high level for our Zone. We have been really trying to set a good example and we have seen that the whole Zone is getting a ton better!

Mexico doesn’t celebrate Easter. We didn’t do anything. Like no even said anything. The Catholics do some weird rituals and like crucify themselves and some other stuff but other than that no one really did anything. The people here did have vacation but they really don’t get days off. It’s a hard life here. Super super hard. Like vacation is like you get a long weekend to sleep.

I’m really enjoying this Ward. I really like the members a lot and my companion is great! We’re having a great time together. One day we were knocking doors, and we both were so tired. We were in the streets like all day and to not get discouraged every time we had a good lesson we would go get some cookies and a Gatorade. HAHAH it worked though, we kept our spirits high and worked our tails off.

HOPE YOU ALL HAD AN AWESOME EASTER! I’m going to be praying every day to have some powerful revelation on Saturday and Sunday and hopefully you guys will too! General conference is like the best thing in the world. So stoked.

Thanks for everything! I hope you guys have an awesome week!!

LOVE ELDER WOODS

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