I´m so grateful for all the photos you´ve sent me! The house looks great, I can´t wait to see it completed. I´m awful at explaining the photos, I realized right after I sent the email last week that I didn´t explain anything about the photos! We put curtains up in the capilla. I contacted a man on a horse, I thought it was funny - we were walking up the mountain visiting the people in the campo and he walked past us on his horse, so I gave him a passalong card. haha. And the last photo of me with a trash bag --- that was a DEAD baby lamb in mamita´s yard! So sick! We left lunch and it was laying there, beheaded! Mamita´s big black dog, Tomie, killed it and ate it´s head and then threw up the head, (we found it about 5 feet away). Nasty. We got trash bags and I scooped it up and we threw it away in the town dumbster. Yeah. I forgot to explain to you about Mamita´s dogs: Tomie and Jane. Tomie is the HUGE black bear dog and Jane is this little mouse. They sleep together in a dog house and it´s so cute. hah. I sent you photos of them before, I´m pretty sure. Things here are good. I got a little refriado the past few days, to the point where I was so conjested I couldn´t hear anything. Which was awful because I have a hard enough time understanding people as it is. I love you family. I´m excited for your keys trip, sounds full of adventures and memories.
A lot happened this week, most recently - yesterday - we had district conference. The conference was in La Union - the nearest biggest city - about 1 hour and 30 minutes away. We retended a school bus (not as extraordinary as it sounds, basically just a Mormon Mom van) and tried to get as many as the members as possible to go. It turns out, only six ended up coming and two were little kids. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven. Flashback: Saturday night before our lesson with our investigators, Luis and Dayana (yes, Mitchell - A FAMILY!) We prayed and were sure that we were going to challenge them to be baptized si or si - even though we knew Dayana would be really unsure. But after we taught the lesson, Elder Cayoja packed up all of his stuff - and turned to me and said - "Do you have anything else?" and I was thinking, "What are you doing! We had a goal!" and so in my heart I said the quickest prayer, and I felt a strong impression, "do it." And I didn´t know how I would relate it or how it would all work out, but the words just came, and it made sense and I challenged them to be baptized. Right away, Dayana said, "Yes! If I know it´s true, yes!" and Luis agreed as well. And then we put them for the 28th of July! It was just a testimony to me, that we have to plan and have the faith and courage to do the things we know the Lord has asked us to do. Of course the Lord wants them to know the truth, of course he wants them to be baptized - so it´s our duty to invite them. They also came to the conference in La Union. In the photos, he is wearing the bini and she has a small braid in her hair. He reminds me of Roberto. and they have a 5 year old little girl, Natalia. President Rappleye spoke along with the district president, Sister Rappleye and the new Senior missionaries. I hope they enjoyed it. Praying they enjoyed it.
We had intercambios with the zone leaders. I think it changed my mission. Elder Turner told me that when he was in an interview with the old mission president, he was telling him how he wanted to be a good missionary and his Mission President told him, "Prove it." Whoa. At the end of the day he asked about how things were going in Lago Ranco, so I told him basically how I felt things were going. He told at the end of the last cambio in the interviews with President Rappleye that he and his companion expressed their concerns about Lago Ranco and my companion. and he told me that President Rappleye expects a lot our of me and that during the interview he said, "I´m sending a Class A missionary there, things are going to change." Whoa. But like mom said, "Don´t let success go to your head, or failure go to your heart."
I miss you family, I love you. I found a bunch of new settings on my camera, so I sent a TON of photos! hah. so cool. Stay safe in the keys, send me photos. Today we ate at the cafeteria Isamar and I ate a completo - hot dog with everything. It was delicious. Today is a beautiful, clear day. A nice break from the rain. Mitchell, I already knew you were an amazing missionary, there´s a song on the Tennessee tribute to Joseph Smith that talks about Hyrum Smith´s perspective and it reminds me of us. Listen to it. "...and brother I´ll follow you." Miss you brother. Cassie, those photos! Save them, you look HILARIOUS! hahah. I hope your not in too much pain. Keep watching the Office. "Not one of your woman problems, Phyllis!" Aleksi, I´m glad Dorothy got to visit you - you guys look so great. I love all the photos! Mom and Dad - I love you. How did we get so blessed?
I love Lago Ranco more than ever. I miss you.
Confie. Crea. Y tenga fe.
Elder Maxwell Poirier.