Yasna got baptised!!!! Woooohoo!! It was a beautiful baptismal service, one of the best of my mission, and there was a great turn out from the ward. Annnd Yasna's husband, mom, two sons, and a few friends were able to attend, so that was awesome. Currently we're teaching her husband and son as well and we're hoping they'll get baptised too in september. I have this crazy dream: Yasna will stay active, her husband and son will get baptised this month before I complete a year in the mission, and then after a year of being active members of the church, they'll go to the temple in September of 2013 and when I'm on my way home from the mission I'll be able to go with them and watch them get sealed together as an eternal family! That's my dream anyway, and I'm praying that it works out that way. But for now, we're teaching and helping them keep moving forward. They really are a wonderful family.
We're also teaching a good man named Eduardo. He's about 50 and he is a professor of math. He's got great intentions, he's very very smart, and understands the Gospel theoretically, but not in his heart. His faith is weak and has trouble making commitments. But he always reads the assignments we give him and is very receptive. The biggest issue is he's living together, and needs to get married. We had a great lesson with him yesterday and his faith is growing.
Other than that we're pretty short on investigators right now, so we gotta get out there and get looking, because the field is white already to harvest. The Zone Coronel is good too, and we came a lot closer to our goal for this month than last month, so we're progressing. The elders, the majority of which are quite new (that's weird to say, I'm pretty sure I'm still new), are growing in their testimony and becoming more aware of the power and authority of their calling, and their responsability to open their mouth and declare the Gospel to everyone. Things with Elder Aparicio have been good, and we're constantly learning to work better as a team. Overall, I'm happy, I'm healthy, and I wouldn't rather be anywhere else in the world. (I am however, happy that the beach trip was a success, and I LOVE the pictures. I promise I'll be there for the next next one.)
I leave you with my humble testimony that Christ lives. That he is literally our savior. Our savior from sin and torment, from being cast out of the presence of God. His way is the only way, and I'm so grateful to God for creating this beautiful plan and making posible the rescue of all of his children by way of his gospel. It is that gospel that we preach and teach to everyone, and it fills me with joy. I know I'm in the right place, and doing the right thing. I love you all very much and wish you a wonderful new week.
Con mucho cariño,
P.S. Mom, I read an awesome article in the Liahona from January of this year about staying astonished. It's called Rediscovering a Wonder of the World, something something. I highly recommend it.
The lake outside our apartment.
The beautiful beach of Lota Bajo.