Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The rain is following me, 3/30/15

So, like the title says, the rain has followed me from Arequipa and drenched us. The locals have been saying that they have never seen it rain this hard in Pedregal. It rained so hard on Tuesday that we werent allowed to leave our appartment. And the rain actually caused a lot of really serious damage, so most of this week was spent literally putting peoples houses back together, so not much teaching of the Gospel was done this week. The very little time we had to work in our area this week was spent trying to get our baptisms to happen this week. The 3 kids that got baptized are the  children of a less active family that we have been working with. The mom is an RM, but was inactive. Her husband got baptized without a testimony to marry her and is now very very Catholic and doesnt listen to us. But the mom is coming back to church and wanted her kids to be baptized, so we were happy to oblidge. We just had to work really hard with the parents this week to get permission from their dad for them to get baptize. All of the leaders of the branch here, as well as all of the other missionaries in Pedregal prayed super hard for the dad, and Friday night we finally got his permission and we had 3 baptisms! It was actually Elder Nelson´s first baptisms, and he was so happy because that family was one he had been working with for the last 4 months.

So Arturo and Feliza are truly golden.. Arturo is platinum or something though. We went this week to visit them and Arturo told us, "ever since you gave me that Book of Mormon i have been reading it, and i just love it. so i went and talked to all of my neighbors and knocked on all of the doors on my block to tell them about it." ummmmm, what?! And he just enrolled in institute classes. And when we went yesterday to visit him again, we found him in the street and started walking with him back to his house and stopped this lady and started talking to her about the Book of Mormon. We started teaching in his house, and got up and left in the middle of the lesson and came back with a friend. This kid is amazing haha. 

So I got a package from the Candy Mountain Teachers Quorum this week-- awesome. The video included really made my week, especially the full length feature film from Tyler Parker. Classic. It was also nice to see Christian and see that he really hasnt changed at all. He was asked to give some important inspiring words, and he told me to remember Martin Luther King. So there we go.

Hope everyone had a great week, mine was certainly interesting!
Elder Matheson

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