This week I figured that it's a good time to tell you about some of our investigators. I mentioned earlier that we are teaching the family of our branch presidente, his dad and his sister. Their names are R and M. R is 87 years old. He is a very good man. Very humble and very willing to keep the commandments of God. When we told him it was a commandment not to drink coffee, he was just like, "Ok then. If it is a commandment, then we're not going to drink it anymore." And he hasn't drank it since. Right now their baptism is scheduled for the 21 of February. When we ask R how he feels about his upcoming baptism, he says, "I'm really excited. I'm finally in the waiting room. I'm just counting down the days now." M is really good too. She said that the first time she went to church that it was so beautiful that she didn't want to leave. For both of them, the example of President M has been crucial. Rene says that he remembers how his son was when he was young and that now, he's a completely different man. He saw that change the gospel made in the life of his son and he wants that change for himself and all of his family. We're really excited for them.
This week our branch had its first real branch council. We've been getting a lot of training from the area and from President L and it was the best branch council I've been in. We ended with a paper full of plans - members who needed help, what needed to be done to help them, who was going to do it, and when they would do it. This branch really is starting to move forward.
A while ago I to take a "snapshot" of one of our days, so I wrote down everything we did that day and when we did it.
Sunday, 26 January 2015
5:00 get up, get ready
6:00 personal study
7:00 companionship study
8:00 Pass by for investigators to bring them to church
9:00 church. I give a talk, teach Gospel Principles, and Elder Giles teaches Priesthood
12:00 Help President M with tithing and other branch stuff
2:00 Language study
3:00 Video conference with President Lopez (working on the missionary papers of a youth in the branch)
5:00 Proselyting. We teach one lesson to an investigator, some appointments fall, we teach a lesson to a less active member, and then one more lesson to an investigator.
That's a fairly typical Sunday for us. Sunday is usually our most busy day. But it's a good day.
Well, I love you all! Thanks for everything you guys do and for you good examples.