Monday, October 24, 2016

24 de Octubre Last and Final? Area!

It was a great week! Las Palmas is a great area with a lot of potential! I feel pretty comfortable in the area now, I’ve learned the colonias and a lot of the streets. We are still gaining the confidence of all of the members in the ward, but all of them are really willing to help us out. In my whole mission i don’t think ive gotten this many references! We ask for a reference and they give us 3! We are working with the bishop as well to help him out. Right now he is planning a devotional of "autosuficiencia" this Saturday and we have expressed to the bishop that we are on board! We are going to invite all of our investigators and less actives so that this devotional can be a success! We already have one of our investigators that said she was going to attend. It’s really good for them to go because maybe they can find better job opportunities that allow them to go to church every Sunday.

Right now we are in a trio! (: Elder Jacinto and Elizalde are my new companions. Elder Elizalde is going back to his area in a couple of days.

We walked a LOT this week jajaja. There weren’t really any stable investigators here last week, but after a lot of hard work by Elder Jacinto, Elizalde and I we have been able to find quite a few new investigators that will be baptized. There are 2 investigators that are pretty close to getting baptized. Jasmin and Frida are 2 that can get baptized this month so we will be fasting and praying a lot for them.

We have been mainly looking for pfs or former investigators the last couple of days and we have find some really good ones! We were looking for a former investigator yesterday and we found her mom instead! Betty had never listened to missionaries before or even gone to any church in her whole life! So, when we taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and explained how it has been restored on the earth she was very interested! Her family means a lot to her, she has 3 kids and lives alone with them. They all seem really receptive! Betty accepted a baptismal date for the 03 of December, but we honestly feel like she will be baptized before that day.

One amazing story we had in the week was when we were walking through the streets and decided that we needed to pray to find someone that really wanted to listen to us and be baptized! All of our appointments had fallen so we really needed a miracle! The first 2 people we contacted rejected us pretty bad, but we kept going with faith!!! We ended up coming up to a little park and there was nobody there. We could only see one young adult sitting by himself smoking something... I asked my companions if they felt we should contact him and they weren’t sure if he was smoking drugs or not, but we ended up going to contact him anyways. We went up to him and he turned out to be very interested in our message! He loved hearing about the restoration of the gospel and he expressed his gratitude to us for coming and talking to him. He was also grateful for the simplicity of our message as well. He said, "...that’s true huh, I can just ask God himself if this is true! That’s a whole lot more clear and to the point than I’m used to hearing..." (: He works on Sundays as well so we are going to see how we can help him with that.

The ward is at 91 attendance right now, but it can be a whole lot more if we can get some fire going in this ward! There are a lot of ex-missionaries here so that helps a lot as well.

Elder Jacinto is a good missionary and he willing and anxious to learn and improve! He has a positive attitude which will help this area as well! Elder Elizalde is really a humble solid Elder. He is good at teaching and seems to be very obedient!

There is a part of our area that is a little dangerous, especially at night. Patria Nueva is filled with great investigators even though it is a little dangerous. A drunk man started to talk to a member and I when we were on divisions and he wanted money really bad! We told him that we couldn’t give him money, but we could give him a pamphlet of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At first he accepted it and put it in his pocket, but then he got mad because we didn’t give him money so he took the pamphlet out again and threw it straight into my face! We just calmly picked up the pamphlet of the ground, said goodbye and walked away. It was an interesting experience jajaja.

We are excited to keep working and have our focus on baptizing! I hope to see this ward grow more and more.

Have a great week everyone!

-Elder Hagues

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