Monday, December 26, 2011

Well it was a great week! Last Sunday, I spoke in sacrament meeting! I gave a talk on the wise men and the shepherds coming to Christ, and how we need to follow their examples. It was a success. Monday we had our Zone P day in Yakima, it was a basketball tournament, and my team got last place unfortunately, but every single game we played was super close, we just ended up losing them all except for 1. So that was a bummer, but it was still really fun. If Yakima wasn't 40 miles away I'd like to do that every P day. Anyways Wednesday we had Christmas Zone Conference, in Kennewick with the whole east side of the Mission. It was a lot of fun to see Pres. and Sis. Greer. They're so awesome! We had a few testimonies by people in the mission and presidency and then we had lunch, it was really Good! Ham and Funeral Potatoes! After that we watched...drum roll... Kung Fu Panda 2! haha It was really funny. After it was all over we got our Christmas presents, for the elders it was a consecrated oil vial with WKM engraved on it (Washington Kennewick Mission) So those are pretty cool, and a Christmas card from President and Sister Greer, and a Christmas card from the First Presidency. I thought it was pretty cool that we were on their mailing list. After that the guys from my district went to Far West, which is our Deseret Book equivalent, and discovered that that is quite the missionary hot spot after Zone Conferences. and then with Christmas Eve, we had a lot less time to work this week! But we got stuff done nonetheless. I guess I'll start off with the Man of the Week! Eduardo Solis! We had his baptism on friday night, and he had a good turn out from family, so they're supporting him good. They had a party at his house after and fed us Enchiladas, so that's always a plus. It was awesome the night before, we went over to teach him about missionary work, and he wanted us to help him get the scriptures on his phone, so I helped him find it and now he has the Gospel Library app, so that's pretty sweet! We taught him about missionary work and encouraged him to share the gospel with friends and family and maybe even go on a full time mission a year from now. So we have great hopes for Eduardo, he is Awesome.

The Rivera family, we are still struggling to get them to church, or meet with them. It was hard to get a hold of a lot of our investigators because of all of the festivities. I don't know if I mentioned that Luis Velasquez said he didn't want to be baptized on the 24th anymore, so we told him to pray about it and haven't been able to get a hold of him since then really.

Daniel and Nancy have stopped progressing. We've taught them all of the lessons we're just trying to help Daniel find out for himself if these things are true and then we will commit them to baptizing, they were also hard to get a hold of because of Christmas. Odilia is out of town, its been kind of a slow week with our investigators, but we have been working on finding. We cover a large area so we decided on full days we are going to try our best to set apart 1 to 2 hours to finding people who have been prepared to receive the gospel, so we did have a couple of lessons with people we hadn't met with before, so hopefully we'll be able to increase our teaching pool.

Christmas Eve was a ton of fun, the Sunnyside Spanish Elders and the Prosser English elders came over, because every Saturday, Cafe Grande Vue gives us free sandwiches so we usually have them over on Saturday afternoons. We had Dinner with the Rood's, which is a family in the Sunnyside English ward, so it was the six of us, Sunnyside Spanish and English and us, Grandview Spanish. They also had Bro. Anderson from the English Ward Bishopric and his family so it was quite the party. We had lasagna and shrimp cocktails and after we played a gift game with dice, every time you rolled a 3 you got to grab a gift from under the tree or steal one, so Elder Bao and I ended up with some good snacks, and a puzzle. After the party we went home, and spent the rest of the night, reading Luke 2, building our puzzle, and singing Christmas songs. On Christmas, we got up and opened presents of course, and then we went around trying to round up people for church. We didn't have much success because the Spanish people party late on Christmas eve. Luckily, Eduardo came, because he was getting confirmed that day. So his friend from the branch confirmed him. It was awesome, what a great gift for Christmas, The Gift of the Holy Ghost! It was a good day! After Church we went to the Anderson's house for lunch. He is a chiropractor, and he has a nice house! Anyways we had a Breakfast Lunch, of Pancakes and Waffles and such, and then we helped their kids play with their toys. and I called home from there and Elder Bao Skyped his family. We had dinner with the Oropezas, They fed us tamales, and Pollo Barbacoa. And then we visited some other families and had plenty of festivities. It was a great week! This week we're ready to work Hard!

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