It has been a wonderful week. My thoughts have been on a couple of different things. First off Vuelvo a repetir, I loved Conference. We've done great on a lot of things as far as lessons and new investigators go. We got 119 oyms this week. We're really trying to find those who will receive us, and as it says in Mosiah 7:18 It is an "effectual struggle."
We've seen some good stuff and miracles and hope to see continual progression.
We got a new elder in our District as I said we would last week. His name is Elder Cuas Lara, he is from Dominican Republic. He's brought a good energy to the branch. It's always fun having a Native Speaker. He is a convert of 8 years. He lived in New York City 3 years working at McDonalds to raise money for his mission, after which he returned home to finish preparing. He is very funny and I'm excited to go on an exchange with him soon.
We were teaching a mother and her daughter who were at odds with each other. We busted out a part from the proclamation
"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."
We taught about how no one is perfect therefore we're all prone to make mistakes. In families there needs to be repentance of these mistakes and forgiveness of these mistakes in order to achieve family happiness. They seemed to consider it. We assigned them to read the gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet together. Hopefully they will, that will help things a lot.
We also taught another guy who seemed quite secular. He did say he had interest in the church because of what he saw youth doing as missionaries. Though he didn't profess to be remotely religious, he did say he was open to learn more and read the Book of Mormon. It was cute because he had a daughter that was 4. An only child and I could just see why it would be a bad idea to just have 1 child. She was adorable but at the same time a hand full.
Well I'm about out of Email time; hope you all have a wonderful week!
-Elder Derek Partridge