Happy birthday to me! This week was awesome and filled with blessings, party, and miracles. The Elders from Porvenir, Elder Cabrera (my best freaking friend), and Elder Goncalves from Brazil were with us all week. We had an awesome P-day and then split up and went out to teach. I love all of my past companions, but when Elder Cabrera and I get together we are unstoppable. In two hours we taught 3 lessons and 5 people accepted a baptismal date. We went home and had a huge ¨asado¨ which is Spanish for big-freaking-hunk-of-delicious-meat. The thing weighed like 20 pounds and we ate the whole thing – just the four of us.
That night as we were all in a coma on the floor, Elder Cabrera tied a towel on his head and raised a title of liberty. But instead of declaring freedom and righteousness, he declared the beginning of “The Week of Rich”. The only rule we had is that we would only celebrate as hard as we worked, and that is exactly what we did. We split up and worked hard ALL DAY and then had fun at night. We had so much success and now have around 10 full families listening to the lessons.
We also had a big stake activity that was a Colombian dance. The missionaries had permission to dance and we about died from heart attacks and lack of air. These Latinos know how to dance.
I received a call last night, on my birthday, and I am changing areas. I am not going far, only about a mile, and they called me to be a Zone Leader. My new companion will be Elder Christiansen and I am excited to work with him. He is a good guy and I know he will teach me lots of good things and help to strengthen my testimony.
I also wanted to send a shout out to the 77 people who sent me emails this week. I love you all but just don’t have the time in 60 minutes to respond to 77 people. I will just reply by group:
Morningside 6th Ward- You guys are awesome. I have never felt so supported and loved than in our ward in St. George, UT. I can never thank or payback all that you did for me as I got back on my feet this last summer and tried to continue to serve the Lord. I am a product of your Christ-like love and healing love.
Garn Family- It seems to me that we still continue to put the “Crazy” in “Family”. I was so grateful to hear that you were able to gather together and share a few good days of family time. I love what Hailey Savage told me in an email. She said that these reunions are awesome and it is hard to miss them, but I guess heaven will just be a huge reunion. Shane is going to have a permanent acne-stache from all the “Signs” that we are going to play.
Another shout out goes to Carla Hinostroa in Ancud, Chile. I received word she was baptized a few weeks ago and this blog is the only form of communication we have for now. Just know we missionaries haven’t forgotten you and still love you and pray for you.
Wishing you all the best. May God bless you.
Elder Rich and his birthday meat or "asado"
Elder Cabrera and Elder Rich with their roast beast
Elder Rich's birthday feast
Elder Goncalves (Brazil), Elder Rich (U.S.), Elder Cabrera (Paraguay), Elder Amaya (Columbia) celebrate meat and the birth of Elder Rich.
Elder Rich's 20th birthday celebration.
"Joaquin - a recent convert I interviewed for baptism."
The Columbian themed stake dance party.
"Elder Amaya fell pretty hard this week and sliced his hand open. I used tweezers to pull a bunch of rocks out of his palm then gave him stiches. Elder Cabrera is a doctor so we had some good supervision."