NEWS (INVESTIGATOR'S NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAINTAIN ANONYMITY)
DECEMBER 16, 2013 - Hola mi familia. NUEVE!
well... WHERE ON EARTH TO BEGIN..
First off. let's describe a little bit about how our planning meeting this first week of the transfer went.... "yeah, I think 5 is a good baptism goal for this transfer...........no... you're right, that'd be too easy. Let's do 9." YUP.... Now I know how Bri and Mason feel. It's really weird to ACTUALLY have weekly goals that are higher than 4 and 5. haha. So... I don't want anyone to be offended by this but, simly getting "numbers" is SO much easier when you're working in the spanish ward. But... then again, that's the hard part as well. Because the numbers just COME. People just keep falling into our hands. (and our area book). But, we don't have the time, or the ward retention rate to hold them all. But yeah, we're shooting for 9 baptisms this transfer. we'll see how that goes. :)
Potentials: Well... YOVANA of course. Geez. I could talk about her for hours. and I probably will after my mission. Her baptism is this saturday. We're doing it the day after her birthday. (just because there's a ward christmas party is on her birthday at the church so we can't use the building). BUT. today is her interview. So. we'll see how it goes. I'll be translating for her interview. But she'll be interviewed by someone authorized by the mission president. (question 4 issues for those of us missionaries). Anyway. She's such a miracle! phew! And if I had time, I'd tell you more about her, but her interview is cutting our p-day short today.
Also, her daughter is arguably one the most adorable little 7 year olds ever.. We taught her how to pray this week. and when we pray. She loves the idea of praying before we eat. Apparently she and her mom got home late one night, and there were people over eating, and little melanie made them all put their forks down and bless the food. So awesome. She pretty much loves us. Almost as much as her mom does. ha. Yeah, I love those two so much. I'll have announcements of baptisms and stuff next monday.
Next, Alvaro. I didn't know him before. But he might be being baptised saturday as well. He broke up with his girlfriend, and stopped drinking for this. He's such an awesome guy as well. He's what we'd call, someone that just got tired of partying and seeing that that didn't profit his life anything, so he looked to God, and God sent him the Mormons. haha. :) I'm lucky to have just been here at that exact moment in his life. He's pretty cool. :) But, he has a LOT to learn this week if he'll be baptised this saturday.
Next, Christopher. He's a 9 year old. His parents are less actives. They all live with our DMP. He's already had his interview with the Bishop. But because he's over 8 he's technically a convert baptism. So he'd be thrown in our planner. But I honestly don't have ANYTHING to do with his story. I honestly don't know it. I'm just planning the Baptism for him. We'll see if that one will happen this saturday as well.
SO.. 3 just this saturday. We also have these other 2 sisters that have been FULLY ACTIVE since May. But have not yet been baptised. We'll see what we can do there.
Also, there's Evaline. Yup. the same Evaline with Baby Arthur. I'm worried that she's just too used to the missionaries being her best friend to take us seriously. She's kind of flaky as an investigator. But she's still awesome as a friend. And Arthur is doing so great. :) There's a woman named Adriana that we started teaching. She came to church this sunday. She could potentially be baptised in a few weeks.
And there's a few others that we teach every once in a while. Also we have anywhere from 300-1,000 phone numbers on potentials lists that we haven't even tried yet.
This ward is a TOTAL mess. To tell you the truth, our main goal is just to organize the thing. The baptisms come by themselves around here. So.. now that that was all just a bunch of logistics... What's the point of this email? First off. It's nice to be speaking spanish. Second off, I really have learned a LOT about how much I love my mission. This last week my companion and I went to Lyon for a Blue's conference. That was the first time that I've seen AMERICANS since my own Blues conference. And I probably won't see any more for a while. haha. I've learned how much the Lord truly has prepared people. And his promises to the Lamanites are coming forth like CRAZY. It's exciting to be here. I truly feel like I'm literally just a tool in the Lord's hands. I have nothing to do with any of these people's conversions. I'm just here to take care of logistics. I also. LOVE being district leader. My district is a little bit of a mess. When we've got tahitians with portuguese blues, things just automatically go weird. But it just goes to show that God accomplishes incredible things with just us silly kids. I absolutely Love being part of this huge army of 85,000 or so missionaries in the world. Proclamons la vérité! :) if you can't tell by this scatter-brained email. My life is a little scatter brained right now. I love it though. I don't sound very organized I know. But don't worry. It all looks good on paper. haha! I love you all so much! I'll talk to you my family very soon! :) Enjoy the Christmas music for me. I miss that. Love you!
-Elder Lago Ps. Oh yeah, how could I forget. I LOVE my companion. oh my word. Him and I are going to ROCK Genève together. PHEW! He's a BALL of energy. And He's got the spunk. haha. We have so much fun together. He's a super hard worker. And we compliment each other really well personality wise, so we seem to get along with just about everyone we work with. Great team. Well done President, (or God) for putting us together. :) Love you!