Week 8 – Update on our investigators and a weird week

Hey guys! I dont have much time to write, so Ill make it quick.

For another week, the computer here wont recognize my camera. So Youll have to forgo another week without pictures… SORRY But hey when I do get it to work, it will be marvelous. Many, many pictures.

This week, was a little less successful. Well, the start was great. We reached most of our daily goals, contacting, meeting, etc, but the second half of the week was a mess. Didnt really get near our goal. Amongst the two companionships here, we had 12 lessons in total. In one week. Thats terrible… But we did contact a lot, and we have 5 new investigators, on top of our 4 strong ones. We have others that arent so strong, but we still want to work with. Amidst the terrible numbers that we had, we did find two great people. Juani, who has a very long, history with the church, but is super faithful, and Yerka, who is a mom of three beautiful children. She is just as faithful, and they both seem super excited to hear our message. Its amazing because both happened directly after terrible things in the day. One time, on an exchange, Elder Castillo and I walked around everywhere trying to get our appointments, but they all fell through. So we decvided, okay, in the last hour, we can either do 11 contacts, or try to enter one house. The first house we knocked on, a lady came out, almost immediately let us in, and she is Juani. We taught her about faith and prayer, (well reinforced cause shes super knowledgeable), and we have an appointment with her on Wednesday. Another time, Elder Wallace (my trainer) and I stopped by Natalia and Lorenas house (read more below) to try to teach them, but they werent home. Discouraged because we couldnt meet them all week, we decided to contact. The first home, once again, we knocked (rather, shouted ALO outside the fence, cause thats how they roll in Chile), was a nice lady who let us in as well, named Yerka. We have an appointment with her as well later!

Two of our strong investigators are mother and daughter, Natalia (Daughter) and Lorena (Mother). Natalia had a baptism date set on the 11th of October, but her Mother was a bit behind on the preparation. They said that if they do get baptised, they want to do it together, so we set them both for the 25th of October. So soon! We´re focusing a lot on them to make sure they´re preparing well. Lorena´s father is ill with Parkinsons right now as well, so its super hard to reach her, but she has asked us to give him a Priesthood blessing. That little act of faith made me SO happy, as I could tell they were really progressing.

Another strong investigator is Yaryxa. Pregnant, 6 months, and recently married. Her husband, Claudio, is actually a recent convert, and he just received the Aaronic Priesthood last week. We´re working towards the 25th for her as well, and the timing is perfect because Claudio will be able to baptise her! She is super timid, hates awkward situations, but she is an amazing woman. She has a ton of faith, and really wants to get baptised, so we´re working with her on taking the next step, walking the extra mile.

Our other is David, an 11 year old. Super faithful, super energetic, but Ive never met him. His mother really doesnt like it when we come around, but his Grandmother and Uncle (Who is the aforementioned Claudio) are members. We tried to catch him a few times when he is at Claudios house, but to no avail. Maybe soon we can catch him, because he, from what Ive heard, seems like a great guy.

Like I said, we´ve met so many new people to teach these coming weeks. I´ll obviously update you as we get along.

Today, we´re gonna get either Pichanga or Completos for lunch. CANT WAIT. Ill take pictures so that one day, youll be able to see them!

Hope you are all doing well, and I love you all. Thank you for your support!

Love,

Elder Lee
PS – Sorry about the nasty font (I’ll try to correct this later when I have time 😦 I know it looks ugly and it is slightly hard to read, but bear with me for now)
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