I'm so glad to hear that everyone is doing well! I'm doing well out here too! For the BEST thing that happened to me this week would have to be...Elder (Scott) Anderson and I finished making our map for the area. Now, hopefully, we will be able to work ten times more effectively and maybe see 2 baptisms this transfer! Anderson and I are getting along great. We are actually very similar in a lot of ways and we are working hard to bring some people to baptism. No I didn't get the box yet...I actually haven't gotten anything for more than a week, but I'm waiting!
We spent all Sunday night walking around finding and talking to as many hispanics as we could. The majority of the people we talked to were drunk, but they were really nice and we got some good contacts and set appointments. (It's gonna be funny when we go back in a couple days and they're sober, wondering why we're there wanting to teach a lesson--people just wanna talk about Jesus more when they're plastered.)
This past week we have just been working on that map, trying to contact referals that we've recieved and visit less actives. We haven't had much success on any front besides the map but we're gonna kick it into gear this week.
Recently we've been having some members move back to their native countries--fear of that law is probably what drives most of them. This past week our good friend Elizabeth and her son Alan left to Guatemala. We will miss them!
(Front: Elizabeth & Alan; Back: me, Anderson, Prince, Wood, Henderson and Quinonez)
In the scriptures I am reading the war chapters, so not as much spiritual stuff as there are action stuff. Some things it talks about is the different degrees of wickedness of certain peoples. I believe it's the Zoramites and other dissenters of the Nephites. There is a scripture that says something to the effect of how ones that have recieved the light and knowledge but then fall away are even more hard hearted than those who have never known it.
"Alma 24:30 And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things."
The most destructive people to the church are those that have gone apostate. There are so many examples of this in the BoM and you can look around and find it still applies today. The ones who go less active or stop going to church are hard to bring back into the gospel. This doesn't mean that I'm not gonna try, but it makes it that much harder. FAMILY: I pray that whoever recieves a testimony of these things and are members of the chruch fortify themselves and stay in the strait and narrow path always.
Well, thank you so much for all you do and I'm sending pictures! Love you all!
One more pic (above): Elder Heimuli & Elder Charlesworth (he's the greenie in the district, but Helam affectionately calls him Prince)